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Hopeful - Sandals South Coast seek first RSPL win

BY PAUL A REID
Observer West writer

Thursday, October 12, 2017

FROME, Westmoreland - Fresh from earning their first point in the Red Stripe Premier League, promoted club Sandals South Coast will hope to get their first win when they host Cavalier SC at Frome on Sunday, starting at 3:30 pm.

After losing their first two games by a 7-1 aggregate scoreline, Sandals South Coast held on for their first point on Monday, drawing 0-0 away to Harbour View in their second nationally televised game in three weeks.

Two of the three western teams in the competition — Sandals South Coast and Montego Bay United — are on one point, along with Tivoli Gardens at the foot of the table, while the third western team, FC Reno, has continued their hot start and are tied for first on seven points.

FC Reno are away to Boys' Town at the Barbican Sports Complex, while Montego Bay United will also be in the Corporate Area to face UWI FC who are also on seven points.

Last weekend, FC Reno were 2-1 winners over Humble Lion at Frome, while Montego Bay United went down by the same score to Cavalier SC at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

On Sunday, Sandals South Coast will face Cavalier SC in a match-up of the promoted teams, with the Kingston-based club just ahead on three points after snapping their two-game losing skid to start the season.

Cavalier will be strengthened with the return of their top players Alex Marshall and Chevone Marsh, who both missed Sunday's game, being away with the Reggae Boyz on international duties.

Sandals South Coast have managed just one goal in three games, and if coach Aaron Lawrence is looking for improvements it will be in their attacking force, which has been stagnant so far.

On Monday night, the new five-man defensive alignment stood up under relentless pressure, with goalkeeper O'Brien Vennor making a number of good saves to keep his team's first clean sheet in the Premier League.

Montego Bay United are facing a tough trip to UWI FC, who have scored six times in their three games played so far. But MBU will have central defensive stalwart Ladale Richie back after missing the last two games while on duties with the Reggae Boyz, while midfielder Donovan Carey is expected back after serving a one-game suspension.

Three senior players, Lesly St Fleur, Keniel Kirlew and Jermaine Woozencroft all played a part in Sunday's game, and it is expected that coach Rod Underwood will be calling on them to help the team get their first win.

FC Reno are expected extend their winning run against a Boys' Town, team that have one win so far and will hope red-hot striker Craig Foster will continue his good start and add to his four goals scored already.