D-day for Reno FC?
It is a case of win or go down today for Reno Football Club of Westmoreland, according to veteran coach Wendell Downswell, who will lead his charges into battle against top-four hopefuls Harbour View.
Sitting in 11th in the 12-team Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), Reno are in the relegation zone along with fellow promoted team Barbican Football Club. Just ahead of them on 31 points to their 27 are Sporting Central of Clarendon. With five sets of games, including this weekend's, to go, the accomplished national youth coach believes survival is still within their grasp.
"If we do not win on Sunday (today), then that is it," Downswell said, assessing his team's situation following their loss to leaders Arnett Gardens on Monday last.
"Our chances of survival still exist and we continue to fight. The team immediately ahead of us (Sporting Central) are just four points of us, so we just have to keep winning and hope that someone beats them," he continued.
But while he is positive about his team's chances, Downswell is still a bit uncomfortable with their standing.
"Our destiny does not really lie in our hands again, especially after we lost here. This means that we have to be relying on some permutations, but we have to do what we have to do," he explained.
A win for Reno over the more fancied Harbour View is not out of the question as the then high-riding Tivoli Gardens were stopped in their tracks 5-1 with the competitions' leading scorer Craig Foster scoring a hat-trick. If they report in a similar form and achieve a similar result, their hand would be strengthened. Fortune would smile on them even more broadly if Humble Lion get the better of their Clarendon neighbours, Sporting Central.
Harbour View, though, will still be hopeful of getting in the top four, and a loss for them and a win for Humble Lion would open up a gap of eight points with four games to go. That would appear too great a gap to close in so short a time based on Humble Lion's form.
In Ranique Muir, McKaully Tulloch, John-Ross Campbell and the veteran Jermaine Hue Harbour View have the talent to get the better of Reno. Defensively, Harbour View have been suspect, and a failure to address that could cost them.
3:30 p.m: Barbican vs Cavalier - Barbican Complex
3:30 p.m: Boys' Town vs Arnett Gardens - Collie Smith Complex
3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse - Wespow Park
3:30 p.m: Reno FC vs Harbour View - Frome Complex
4 p.m: Rivoli United FC vs Tivoli Gardens - Prison Oval
8:30 p.m: Humble Lion FC vs Sporting Central FC - Effortville Community Centre
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Arnett 28 17 5 6 46 29 17 56
Waterhouse 28 15 5 8 49 24 25 50
MoBay U 28 13 9 6 36 20 16 48
Humble 28 13 6 9 30 23 7 45
H View 28 11 7 10 36 35 1 40
Tivoli 28 11 5 12 36 41 -5 38
Cavalier 28 10 7 11 23 20 3 37
Rivoli 28 10 7 11 38 41 -3 37
Boys' Town 28 9 6 13 27 38 -11 33
Sporting 28 9 4 15 31 46 -15 31
Reno 28 7 6 15 35 46 -11 27
Barbican 28 5 9 14 21 45 -24 24