Best and Worst of RSPL Week 10
Sunday's battle of the top two teams in the league went to last season's finalist, Waterhouse, as they controlled the majority of the game against Molynes United in a 2-1 win. Colorado Murray's return to the score sheet is a welcome sight for a team that has aspirations for the regular season crown and ultimately the title itself. They will surely end the first round atop of the league's points table. The victory is also welcomed news for a team and a community that was shaken by the tragic death of Waterhouse Women's team captain Tarania Clarke last week Thursday.
Humble Lions are quietly putting together a strong run with their second consecutive win of the season and are now five games unbeaten. They are now within striking distance of the top two, just two points behind second place Molynes United. Their next game against a struggling UWI FC is the perfect opportunity to end the first round in the top two.
They had to hold on to earn a point against Arnett Gardens on Monday but Dunbeholden are in the best category this week because someone other than Dean Andre Thomas scored. Congrats to Nickoy Christian and Andre McFarlane for joining in on the goal scoring fun. If they can get others to start pulling their weight it will take the load off Thomas, although he needs to make sure he does his part as well.
Cavalier had to go through the gauntlet of three difficult fixtures against the former league leaders Molynes United and last season's finalists Waterhouse and Portmore United. They ended the highflying promoted team's unbeaten run to start the season and gained points on the latter teams. Five from a possible nine points from three tough teams will be seen as gold for technical director Rudolph Speid. They are now four games unbeaten in the league and have a chance to make it five against bottom club Vere United.
Akeem Chambers and Andre Flecther
Waterhouse goalkeeper Akeem Chambers and midfielder Andre Fletcher have the opportunity to take the next step in their careers at the Major League Soccer (MLS) Caribbean Combine next month. They will be evaluated by the coaches and scouts with a possible invite to the MLS Combine proper that could lead to playing in North America's top flight. Peter Lee Vassell of Harbour View was the latest Jamaican International to be selected from the combine. He was eventually drafted by Los Angeles Football Club in the second round.
Mount Pleasant are climbing up the table and are currently in fourth place after grabbing their third straight win against Vere United 2-1. They are three points from second and coach Paul Davis is so far making a case to his employers of making his interim coach position permanent. They travel to Royal Lakes to face Dunbeholden this Sunday hoping to make it four straight wins on the bounce.
Chambers has to go in the Worst bracket this for getting booked twice in the space of minutes. Both were fouls that he did not need to make including the last one that gave a penalty to Molynes United. His sending off meant that Waterhouse were left in a huge bind, down to ten men and with all their allotted substitutions used. Captain and defender Shawn Lawes went in goal and the team protected him in the time that was left to secure the win. Chambers will be unavailable for their game against Portmore United this Sunday, the first meeting between the two clubs since the RSPL final on April 19.
Tivoli Gardens are too close to the relegation zones for their liking. Their home for is not great but their away form is the worst so far in the league, only gaining one point in five games. They host Cavalier to end the first round and a win could be the shot in the arm they need to push them further from the drop zone.
They managed to go on a three-game unbeaten run although they have only registered draws but Vere will end the first round with a pretty good idea of their target for the rest of the campaign: Survive the drop. They are rock bottom of the table with seven points but a win against Cavalier will be a welcome boost for a team that is in desperate need of confidence.
The honeymoon is over for Molynes United, that much is certain. But it is not time to press the panic button, at least not yet. Lijaysu Simms charges have slumped to their third straight defeat of the season and Humble Lion and Mount Pleasant are in striking distance to take their second place spot from them. Despite the recent poor form, if you would have offered 19 points and a top three position to end the first round, Molynes would take it with both hands. It could be worse, they could be Vere.