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Leaders Portmore, Humble Lion in mouth-watering clash

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, October 22, 2017

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Leaders Portmore United and Humble Lion clash in the feature Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) game at 3:30 pm at the Spanish Town Prison Oval, while Sandals South Coast and Montego Bay United hunt their first win of the season.

In other games, Cavalier SC take on Tivoli Gardens, Reno host in-form The University of the West Indies (UWI) FC and Waterhouse travel to Harbour View.

Tomorrow Arnett Gardens and Boys' Town will meet in the Trench Town derby at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. Kick-off will be at 8:35 pm.

Last season's beaten finalists Portmore United lead the RSPL with 10 points and will be hoping to extend that advantage when they play a Humble Lion outfit sitting in ninth spot on four points.

Both teams have had epic last -season battles with Portmore United emerging with one win and two draws in their three meetings. Portmore have started the season with a bang, winning three of their four games and are still unbeaten. While Humble Lion have won once and lost twice, they remain a dangerous outfit. It will be another hard-fought encounter as both teams are loaded with talented hardcore veterans.

Portmore will once again be looking to Ewan Grandison, Stephen Williams, Jermie Lynch, Jovan East, Dicoy Williams, Maalique Foster and Roshane Sharpe to lead the charge. Conversely, Wolry Wolfe, Romario Campbell, Levaughn Williams, Kevaughn Isaacs, Kevon Reid, Hugh Howell, and Andrew Vanzie are expected to lead Humble Lion's hunt.

Second-placed UWI FC, with 10 points, travel to Frome for a 3:30 pm engagement with fourth-placed Reno on eight points. It's the highest-profile clash of the round, pitting second and fourth against each other.

For their part, UWI have been playing attractive football and will prove a handful for Reno. Ryan Miller, with five goals, is the leading scorer in the league and will again be a force to be reckoned with for UWI. Reno's Craig Foster is the second top scorer with four goals and will have to be contained if UWI is to emerge victorious.

Meanwhile, former champions Montego Bay United will be hoping to halt a three-game losing skid when they play promoted Sandals South Coast at the Montego Bay Sports Complex at 6:30 pm in a bottom-of-the-table clash.

Montego are in 12th spot on a point, while Sandals are in 11th with two points. Both teams hunt their first win of the season, while Sandals are looking to create history with their first win in top-flight football.

Years ago, any clash between Harbour View and Waterhouse would have been a mouthwatering one, but sadly both teams have struggled to impose themselves over recent years and the tie has consequently lost its lustre.

Harbour View are sitting in fifth spot on five points, while Waterhouse are 10th on three points. Game time is 7:00 pm at the Compound.

In the fifth game today, the promoted Cavalier tackle Tivoli Gardens at Stadium East field at 3:30 pm. Both teams are on four points with Cavalier in seventh spot and Tivoli Gardens just behind in eighth position. It will be an interesting encounter as Cavalier, with their attacking trio of Chevonne Marshall, Alex Marshall and Nicholas Anderson, have proved a handful to date and are expected to create anxious moments for the opposition.

But Tivoli Gardens is a tough unit and will be hard to break down with the likes of veteran Jermaine “Teddy” Johnson, Howard Morris, Peter Keys, Sean Coleman, Barrington Price and Romaine Breakenridge in their ranks.

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