Waterhouse keen to maintain winning run
Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) leaders Waterhouse have made it their mission to repel all forces which seek to unseat them starting with today's visit of one of their year-to-year rivals, Boys' Town.
On Wednesday last, Waterhouse played a ruthless first half in dismissing Tivoli Gardens 3-0, and according to coach Anthony Patrick, his team will be dishing out more of the same.
"We have to keep the intensity high and the winning run going. That is our approach and what we are about," Patrick said.
Waterhouse will have to do without four of their key players in Nicoli Finlayson, Hughan Gray, Romario Campbell, and Cardel Benbow, who are on national duty with the Reggae Boyz (national senior men's team) and the Young Reggae Boyz (Under-21 national team). That, Patrick said, will not prevent them from getting the job done.
"We played without them last week and beat a Tivoli Gardens team which beat the previous leaders, Cavalier, and were coming on a high. Our approach will be the same," Patrick explained, adding that the presence of national player Tramaine Stewart - a recent addition to the club - has been a tremendous lift.
Boys' Town's Andrew Price credits Waterhouse as perhaps the deepest squad in the league, but still expressed confidence in getting a positive result.
"They are an excellent bunch of players and are probably the deepest team in the league, but we have no fear.
"The approach is to go out there and try to get three points. We have been playing fairly well the last few games. We picked up all three points in our last game so we are in pretty good spirits," said Price, a recent national honouree.
Like Waterhouse, Boys' Town will be denied a key player to national duty, as Hugh Evans is currently in camp with the country's Under-21s. All other players, he said, will be on show, with schoolboy attacker Shamar Nicholson among their most dangerous.
Arnett Gardens could not have asked for better opponents than Barbican, as they seek to put an end to their losing streak. The newly promoted Barbican sit in 11th position in the 12-team league and may not be strong enough to get the better of the former champions on their home soil.
Of their eight matches, Barbican have only won once, drawn three times and lost on four occasions. What makes them so attractive for opponents is a porous backline, but they have started scoring goals themselves, hitting the back of the net four times in the last two games.
6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Barbican at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
5 p.m. Humble Lion vs Rivoli United at Effortville Community Centre
3 p.m. Reno vs Cavalier at Frome Complex
3 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Sporting Central at Edward Seaga Sports Complex
6 p.m. Waterhouse vs Boys' Town at Drewsland Stadium
8:30 p.m. Harbour View vs Montego Bay United at Harbour View Stadium
Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Waterhouse 8 6 1 1 15 5 10 19
Cavalier 8 5 2 1 8 3 5 17
H View 8 4 2 2 13 8 5 14
Reno 8 3 2 3 16 14 2 11
Rivoli 7 3 2 2 15 14 1 11
Arnett 8 3 2 3 11 11 0 11
Tivoli 8 3 2 3 9 12 -3 11
MoBay Utd 6 3 1 2 9 5 4 10
Sporting 7 2 1 4 10 11 -1 7
Boys' Town 8 2 1 5 8 17 -9 7
Barbican 8 1 3 4 6 13 -7 6
Humble Lion 8 1 1 6 4 11 -7 4