Portmore visit wounded Arnett Gardens in key RSPL clash

BY HOWARD WALKER
Senior staff reporter
walkerh@jamaicaobserver.com

Sunday, October 21, 2018

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The clash of the last two champions, Portmore United and Arnett Gardens, at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex at 5:00 pm will be the highlight of today's schedule as the Red Stripe Premier League continues with five games.

In the other games at 3:00 pm, The University of the West Indies (UWI) host Tivoli Gardens; Dunbeholden travel to Humble Lion; and Reno tackle Waterhouse at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS). At 5:00 pm, Cavalier play Montego Bay United and tomorrow, Harbour View host Mount Pleasant Academy at Harbour View Mini-Stadium at 8:30 pm.

Since losing the first game, champions Portmore United have slowly clawed their way back to the top of the league on 10 points, while Arnett Gardens are in fifth, just a point behind on nine points in a close contested table.

The Shavar Thomas-coached Portmore United lost to Mount Pleasant 1-2 on the opening day but have since brushed aside Harbour View, Cavalier and Reno by 2-0 margins, and drew with Humble Lion 0-0. Today they face a familiar foe in an Arnett Gardens team that crashed 0-3 to UWI last week.

Portmore United will once again be looking towards their leading goalscorer Rondee Smith, with three goals, to lead from in front. However, Portmore will have to do without their young emerging striker Hardley Barnes, who is injured.

But they are a strong unit and in captain Ricardo Morris, Chavanny Willis, Venton Evans, Donnegy Fer, Roshane Sharpe, Damano Solomon, Rosario Harriott and Roberto Johnson they will make life extremely difficult for the “Junglists”.

Arnett Gardens will welcome back national player Fabian Reid and Vishinul Harris to the fold and they, along with Marvin Morgan, Javoni Simms, Jamiel Hardware, Ramone McGregor, Jabeur Johnson, Ranike Anderson and Kemar Phillpotts, will give a good account of themselves.

Meanwhile, second-placed UWI, on 10 points, take on fourth-placed Tivoli Gardens, on nine points, at UWI Mona Bowl, looking to assume sole leadership. UWI will be fresh from their 3-0 demolition of Arnett Gardens while Tivoli Gardens are coming off a 0-1 loss to Mount Pleasant and are eager to stop their two-game losing streak.

At Effortville Community Centre, home team Humble Lion will be hunting their first win of the season when they play the promoted Dunbeholden. Humble Lion, winless in five games, are 10th on three points, while Dunbeholden are just behind in 11th spot, also on three points. Playing at home, Humble Lion are fancied to secure that elusive win.

Fifth-placed Waterhouse, on eight points, tackle a Reno team at the bottom on three points at STETHS looking for another win which they are fancied to secure.

In the fifth match today, former champions Montego Bay United and the spritely Cavalier clash at Stadium East field. Montego Bay United are seventh on eight points while Cavalier are eighth with seven points.

The young and talented Cavalier saw a two-goal cushion wiped away by Waterhouse and they will have to be at their best against a tough Montego Bay unit on the improve.

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