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Champs MoBay United face tough Cavalier

Published:Sunday | September 28, 2014 | 9:00 AM
Cavalier's Oshane Jenkins.
MoBay United's Allan Ottey.-file PHOTOS
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Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer

Stadium East could be the place to be today when the unbeaten Cavalier host defending champions Montego Bay United in one of two Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) games on today as the Chikungunya virus forced the postponement of the Waterhouse/Harbour View and Reno/Arnett Garden games.

Humble Lion will play under lights for their second successive game when they play away to Boys' Town in Monday night's televised game.

The Stadium East encounter will feature one of the better defensive teams, Cavalier, who have conceded just once in their three games, against the offensive-minded Montego Bay United. Montego Bay United blew away Waterhouse to win the title last season and after a stumbling start which included a 1-1 draw with Reno and 3-0 loss to Waterhouse, they appear to be on the way up after trouncing Boys' Town 4-0.

"We are looking quite good. If you do the analysis of our games, we have been getting better each game even though we lost against Waterhouse. In that game, we got an early red card for the goalkeeper and scored an own goal," said coach Carlos Garcia, a Spaniard who took over in pre-season.

"Against Boys' Town we were quite good," he added.

What was especially good about Montego Bay United in that game was their offensive play and particularly that of former national youth player, Allan Ottey who struck a hat-trick, the first in the League this season.

"Ottey is doing pretty good. He always had the talent to score. He might have lacked a little confidence but he has the talent.

"He has a talent to score and he will be one of the top scorers in the league," said Garcia who expects Ottey to play a big part in today's game, one they want to dominate and win.

Despite expressing confidence in his team, club chairman Rudolph Speid expects a very tough game for Montego Bay United.

"They (Montego Bay United) are getting into top gear, they have a few players who are top class.

TOUGH MATCH

"This will no doubt be our toughest match to date but we are quietly confident that we will do well," Speid said.

Speid's confidence is influenced by his team's record so far this season and their improved defence.

"We are unbeaten so I think we have done fairly well. We have drawn our two away games and have won the one home game so we have been decent so far," Speid said of his team's overall performance.

Of their defence he said: "We have improved. Defensively, we are probably one of the best in the League. Our entire defensive unit including goalkeeper Kadeem Davis, who we acquired from Highgate, has been doing pretty well."

But while Cavalier have been doing well defensively, goal scoring has been a problem for the past two seasons. Speid, however, is confident that it will all come together just like the team is taking shape.

"Our plan was always to bring up the youngsters. It was like a project and right now it looks to be bearing fruit with people like Chevone Marsh and Oshane Jenkins looking comfortable in the Premier League. They along with the likes of Claudious Blackburn, Girvon Brown and Dwayne Holmes can get the job done," Speid declared.

Today's games:

5:00 p.m: Cavalier vs Montego Bay United - Stadium East

3:30 p.m: Reno vs Arnett Gardens - Frome Complex

3:30 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Rivoli United - Edward Seaga Complex

Tomorrow's game:

9 p.m: Boys' Town vs Humble Lion - Anthony Spaulding Complex

POINTS STANDING

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Arnett 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7

Waterhouse 2 2 0 0 4 0 4 6

Reno 3 1 2 0 7 6 1 5

Cavalier 3 1 2 0 2 1 1 5

MoBay United 3 1 1 1 5 4 1 4

Sporting 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 3

Rivoli 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2

Barbican 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2

H View 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2

Tivoli 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2

Humble 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1

Boys' Town 3 3 0 1 2 1 8 -7 1

POINTS STANDING

P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Arnett 3 2 1 0 5 2 3 7
W'house 2 2 0 0 4 0 4 6
Reno 3 1 2 0 7 6 15
Cavalier 3 1 2 02 115
MoBay U3 1 1 1 5 4 1 4
Sporting 2 1 0 1 3 1 2 3
Rivoli 2 0 2 0 3 3 0 2
Barbican 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 2
H View 3 0 2 1 3 4 -1 2
Tivoli 3 0 2 1 1 3 -2 2
Humble 3 0 1 2 3 5 -2 1
Boys' Town 3 0 1 2 1 8 -7 1

Today's games:

3:30 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Rivoli United - Edward Seaga Complex

5:00 p.m: Cavalier vs Montego Bay United - Stadium East

Tomorrow's game:

9 p.m: Boys' Town vs Humble Lion - Anthony Spaulding Complex