Caribbean Cup: Harbour View face tough Robinhood today
Harbour View will look to improve their chances of making the Concacaf Caribbean Cup semifinals, when they play Group A leaders Robinhood of Suriname in the top-of-the-table clash at the National Stadium today at 7 p.m.
Harbour View are in second on four points after a win and a draw from two matches, two points adrift of the leaders.
A win today would greatly increase Harbour View's chances of making the semifinals, however, a defeat could do the opposite, as they could slip from the top two automatic qualifying spots, and coach Ludlow Bernard anticipates a difficult 90 minutes against the Surinamese.
"They (Robinhood) have been a club that has been around for a while, probably about the same time as Harbour View. That means they have tradition on their side.They are also a very strong team in their domestic competition," Bernard said.
He added: "They have a very good team, a strong team with notable individuals. There is one player (Shaquille Cairo) who scored a brace against Dundeholden, clearly he will be a factor through the course of the game. I am also very impressed with their (Brazilian) goalkeeper (Dion Almeida).
"However, on the day, Harbour View will focus on what Harbour View have to do, with all due respect to the other team but if we have to play our guts out to get the result, that's what we'll do."
Harbour View defeated Dunbeholden 1-0 in the opening game before drawing 1-1 with Atletico Pantoja, and although pleased with their application, Bernard said the performances can be better.
"The quality of the performances can be better. But I can't fault the players for the effort they have put in, with a couple weeks of preparation under our belt.
"But the opportunity is there for us to go out and get a positive result and the players are in good shape both physically and mentally," he said.
Robinhood are at the top of the standings on maximum six points after wins over Ciboa of Dominican Republic and Dundeholden, and a win for the Suriname team today would seal their place in the last four.