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January 26, 2011
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Old rivals square off
Kwesi Mugisa, Staff Reporter


Boys' Town coach Andrew Price - file

Second-place Boys' Town will have a golden opportunity to grab top spot in the Digicel Premier League when they face rivals Tivoli Gardens at the Collie Smith Drive ground at 3 p.m. today.

The Red Brigade, currently on 42 points, are two points behind Tivoli and a third consecutive league win over their neighbours, who are on 44, would be good enough to see them take top spot.

"We're definitely going in the game for a positive result. I think that we have an advantage playing at home and we intend to use that," Boys' Town coach Andrew Price said.

In addition to that, Price believes the team, after a few acquisitions, is now in an even stronger position than the last time the squads faced off.

"It gives us more confidence and, in fact, I believe we are an even stronger and more balanced team than when we faced them the last time. We have added Oniel Thompson to the mix, and players like Jamiel Hardware have improved so I think we are even better."

However, despite a losing record and several absentees, which include leading scorer Devon Hodges, Navion Boyd and Keammar Daley, Tivoli coach Alvin Shaw has made it clear that they do not intend to give up their advantage.

"We don't intend to give up our lead at this time. They beat us twice before and we are definitely going with a different approach, but I don't want to say too much about that now," said Shaw.

Hodges, the team's leading scorer with eight goals, is currently in Vietnam on loan for the rest of the season, Boyd will miss the encounter due to an accumulation of cards, while Daley is currently recovering from a hamstring injury. Despite the missing players, Shaw believes the team has the quality to come away with a positive result.

"We will miss them, they can change a game at any time, but we have the depth to cope," Shaw said.

"Our biggest concern is our defence; we did some work because we conceded too many goals in the second round. We put in some work and we have seen improvements in our last few games," Shaw added.

Meanwhile, third-place Portmore United will look to recover quickly from their weekend stumble - having been stunned 2-0 by Village United - when they travel to Drax Hall to face Benfica. The St Ann team, which continues to struggle, could be in for a long 90 minutes after going down 4-0 to Waterhouse in their last home game.

Waterhouse, who face Village at the Elliston Wakeland Centre, will be hoping that the result sparks a strong third-round run as they look to move from fourth place up the table.

Defending champions Harbour View, in fifth, will also be looking to keep pace with the leaders, following a disappointing draw with St Georges on the weekend. The Stars of the East will host familiar rivals Arnett Gardens at Compound.

Sporting Central Academy will also be in the hunt for three points - and break a four-game winless streak - when they tackle bottom-place St Georges at Brancourt.


Left: Tivoli's Kasai Hinds. Right: Boys' Town's Jamiel Hardware.

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