MBU host H'View in lone RSPL scrap
Harbour View FC's assistant coach, Fabian Taylor, said that he is hoping that strikers brought in during the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) transfer window that closed on Wednesday will help the club in the remaining preliminary stage games.
The Stars of the East have struggled so far, scoring only 17 goals in 24 games, and conceding the same. The Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner-coached team are in seventh position on 30 points, just outside of the top-six play-off spot.
After coming off a surprise 1-0 loss to Sandals South Coast FC, who are in second-to-last position in the 12-team league, Harbour View will face Montego Bay United (MBU) in a rescheduled game at WesPow Park in Montego Bay tomorrow, at 3 p.m.
This is the only RSPL game for the afternoon as it is a Parish Associations date for knockout competition matches.
"I mean, every game onward is important and the MoBay game is no different. We are going there for a positive result. We had a good run of games with three consecutive wins before losing to Sandals on Thursday," Taylor told Star Sports yesterday.
"We are going into the MoBay game confident of winning the three points. We travelled to St Elizabeth on the match day on Thursday and that is never good, and we will again travel on match day on Sunday. The travelling is going to be a factor, but this is the professional world so we have to deal with that and I think the guys are focused," he added.
"I mean we have been looking to get in a quality striker in the last three seasons without much success. We carried in Marcelino Blackburn and Rafiek Thomas - two proven goalscorers who are gelling with the team and teaching the youngsters. They are also returning to the club with loads of experience. We also have Cleon Pryce, who is coming back from injury, so hopefully they will boost the squad," the former national senior team striker said.
Those players should get good support from Andrew Allen, who is Harbour's View's top marksman, and also Ryan Wellington and Michael Lutas.
Assistant coach of MBU Dillon Thelwell says his team is fully aware of the importance of winning this game.
"I think this game must be labelled as an important one for us. We also have a game next Thursday against UWI, so if we win both games it could push us into fifth position," Thelwell said.
"We had a talk with the guys this morning (yesterday) and I think they are ready for the game. A win could push us past Harbour View into seventh position," he pointed out.
"The immediate goal is to move safely away from close to the relegation zone, as the 11th-place team are nine points below us. The next aim is to make the top six for a play-off spot. Once we get this game out of the way, we can start thinking about top six," Thelwell also said.
"We have a small squad with some ageing players, so it is tough but the players are ready to fight all the way," he concluded.
MBU will rely on former national striker Dino Williams, who is the club's top marksman on five goals, as well as captain Dwayne Ambusley, Nicholas Amponsah, Ronald Rodney, and Winston Wilkinson.
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Portmore United 25 16 5 4 52 17 35 53
Arnett Gardens 23 11 11 1 42 22 20 44
Cavalier 25 10 9 6 28 19 9 39
Tivoli Gardens 24 10 7 7 26 18 8 37
Waterhouse 24 7 12 5 20 23 -3 33
UWI FC 25 8 8 9 28 28 0 32
Harbour View 24 8 6 10 17 17 0 30
FC Reno 25 6 12 7 18 22 -4 30
Humble Lion 25 6 11 8 19 24 -5 29
MBU 24 6 10 8 21 27 -6 28
Sandals 25 4 7 14 15 41 -26 19
Boys' Town 25 2 8 15 17 45 -28 14