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December 12, 2012
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Highgate on the prowl again

Winston Sill - Highgate (in red) in disarray against Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex when both clubs met in the first round of the Red Stripe Premier League. Tivoli Gardens won 3-1. Highgate have shown vast improvement since that match and will give Tivoli Gardens a stern test today at Drax Hall.

Nodley Wright, STAR Writer

Highgate United will go in search of another big scalp today when they host former champions Tivoli Gardens at Drax Hall in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).

Now in their second season in the league after pulling off a miraculous survival last season, the St Mary-based team are shaping up to pull off another Houdini like performance this season. After recording just four points in 11 first-round games, Highgate under the guidance of Michael Smith have amassed 11 points in the second round from five games in a run that saw them defeat Arnett Gardens and Harbour View away from home, and claiming a valuable draw away to Waterhouse at Drewsland. Their only loss this round was a close 2-3 loss to Montego Bay United.

Tivoli Gardens have also regained their form in the second round after struggling in the first. Their last two games saw home victories over Savannah and Humble Lion, teams in disarray and their level of recovery will be tested today against a set of players who genuinely believe that they have a chance of survival. Anthowe Dawkins seems a man reborn in the centre of Highgate's backline while Carlos Barrett and Roberto Fletcher are enjoying their football and also scoring readily.

For Tivoli Gardens, Navion Boyd is getting back to his best and if he is started alongside Dane Kelly, then Tivoli Gardens could start at their best. If they take the approach as they have been doing recently of introducing Boyd and Kelly in the second half, then they could find themselves with a hill to climb if Highgate take their chances early.

Cavalier should have a tough match on their hands when they take on Arnett Gardens at Stadium East. Besides the fact that these two teams are just separated by goal difference, what should also fire up this match are brothers Marcelino Blackburn of Arnett Gardens and Claudious of Cavalier battling each other for bragging rights. Marcelino was the more known of the two prior to this season but Claudious has outshone him in terms of his contribution to his team this season.

Humble Lion under new coach Geoffrey Maxwell should be fancied to get the better of Savannah in the battle of the free-falling teams, while Sporting Central will not find it easy playing away to Waterhouse. Another loss for Sporting Central could deepen their crisis.


Today's games

3 p.m.: Highgate United vs Tivoli Gardens - Drax Hall Sports Complex

3 p.m.: Humble Lion FC vs Savannah - Effortville Community Centre

5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Arnett Gardens - Stadium East 6 p.m.: Waterhouse FC vs Sporting Central - Drewsland Stadium

Tomorrow's games:

6 p.m.: Boys' Town vs Harbour View - Anthony Spaulding Complex

7 p.m.: Portmore United vs Montego Bay United - Ferdie Neita Park

RED STRIPE PREMIER LEAGUE Standings

Teams Pld W D L GF GA GD PTS
Harbour View 1694327101731
Portmore 168352214827
Waterhouse167541911826
MoBay Utd 168262014626
Tivoli167452318525
Arnett Gdns 167452321225
Cavalier168171819-125
Boys' Town167271815323
Sport. Central166281616020
Humble Lion 164481523-816
Highgate164391125-1415
Savannah 163211936-2611

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