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Tivoli travel to Reno for crucial RSPL clash

Published:Sunday | December 28, 2014 | 12:16 AM
file Reno's defensive midfielder Afiba Chambers
file Tivoli's Keammar 'Dada' Daley
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Eighth-placed Tivoli Gardens will be without two of their key players today when they play away to ninth-placed Reno Football Club of Westmoreland at St Elizabeth Technical in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).

Forward Navion Boyd will no longer represent the club as he migrated to the United States on Tuesday of last week and Andre McFarlane will not be considered for selection. These absences though will not trouble the former champions according to coach Alvin Shaw.

"We have a good and competitive squad which I am confident will do the job for us. Edsel Scott is back in the goal and in addition to Keammar Daley, we have AndrÈ Morgan, Rohan Reid, Shawn McKoy and Weston Forrest among others. We also have a decent bench," Shaw said.

"We have a strong group," he added.

The game Shaw said is an important one as a victory will enhance their chances of securing a respectable position in the league.

"We still have ambitions of making it into the top four and it is from games like these that we cannot afford to drop points. They are below us and we have to keep them there. I am optimistic about our chances because I got a good response from the players leading up to this game. Even though it is holidays we put in the work," Shaw said.

Tivoli's opponents Reno appear to have lost focus and purpose since winning the Flow Cup but with a new coach, Wendell Downswell on board, could be eager to impress. Craig Foster, the competition's leading scorer has been having difficulty finding his shooting boots while Afiba Chambers and Lynval Wilson have been steady.

In other matches Barbican will host Rivoli at Barbican Stadium while Cavalier will seek to get the better of the talent-rich but underperforming Humble Lion when both meet at Stadium East. Sporting Central had a big win over Barbican last week and will be hoping to add the much bigger scalp of defending champions Montego Bay United to their collection.

Boys' Town have not had the greatest fortune this season and despite the goal scoring exploits of Rafeik Thomas and the teenager Shamar Nicholson, victories have been hard to come by. Today's game against Harbour View will be one of their toughest games. If they manage to get the better of their more favoured opposition then they could get the propulsion they need to move up the table.