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Barbican's woes continue

Published:Tuesday | January 6, 2015 | 12:00 AM
Tivoli Gardens' Kemar Flemmings (left) and Waterhouse's André Leslie tussle for the ball during the Red Stripe Premiere League football encounter at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex on Sunday. Tivoli won 1-0. - Ricardo Makyn/Staff Photographer

The Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) has passed the halfway stage and a pattern is rapidly emerging. Montego Bay United, Arnett Gardens, Waterhouse, and Harbour View have the four semi-final spots but are followed closely by Rivoli United and Tivoli Gardens in the top-six spots.

Cavalier Soccer Club, the early leaders, have found points hard to come by and have fallen to seventh in the standings, having earned just two points in the last six matches. Humble Lion are surging up the tables, while Sporting Central Academy have become stagnant on 20 points.

Reno FC, after changing coach Patrick Graham for Wendell Downswell, remain on 15 points and in 11th position after only gaining one point since winning the Flow Champions Cup.

Since Downswell has been in charge, Reno have conceded five goals, while losing the two games, and look set to lose their top marksman, Craig Foster, who only has six months left to run on his contract. With six months remaining on his contract, any club can approach him under FIFA rules.

The frontrunners are Water-house and Montego Bay United, the only clubs in the RSPL that offer Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and possibly CONCACAF Club Championship opportunities to provide exposure for foreign teams to offer professional contracts.

Boys' Town are just outside the relegation zone in 10th position, while Barbican are now in last position for the third week in a row and their woes only just started.

Bleachers Report (BR) is reporting that with the transfer window just four days old, Barbican have lost four players from their already weak squad. They are Kimorlee Brissett to Cavalier, Ricardo Henry and Omar Walcott to Waterhouse, and Melvin Bryan to Super League outfit Shortwood United.

Cavalier was the fastest Premier League team on the draw, signing three players: Alex Bennett from Humble Lion, Donovan McCurdy from Bull Bay United, and Brissett.

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Bleachers Report has also spotted former Portmore United/Cavalier goalkeeper Gariece McPherson training at Humble Lion; and Shawn Fogo moving into the players' residence at Sporting Central. BR is also reliably informed that the Humble Lion team is courting Levaughn Williams from Portmore United and a Sporting Central top striker to complement their list of players to push for a top-four finish this year.

In the meantime, Upstan Edwards has played his last game for Waterhouse, but BR has not yet ascertained his destination.

Last, but not least, on the point of coaching, Barbican have employed another former coach of Village United and Calabar High School fame. Marvin Tate was seen on their bench. This could be their third coach in 17 months, another sure sign why people in the Bleachers are calling it early and saying that the Barbican Football Club will be the first casualty in this year's edition of the RSPL.