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Waterhouse in crucial clash

Published:Sunday | February 14, 2016 | 2:00 AMMarc Stamp
Tivoli Gardens’ Junior Flemmings.
Waterhouse's Kenroy Howell (right).
Waterhouse's coach Paul Young.
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Waterhouse FC's survival in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) could hinge on the result of today's match against Tivoli Gardens FC at Waterhouse Stadium, starting at 6 p.m.

Having struggled in the nation's top flight league for more than two-thirds of the preliminary stage this season, Waterhouse face a crucial encounter in Match Day 25. With nine sets of games remaining before the top four battle for the title, Waterhouse are in last place on 21 points in the 12-team league.

Waterhouse's top forward, 23 year-old Kenroy Howell, is confident that the club will survive.

"Well, every game is like a final for us. We are aware of the situation and the goal is to stay in the league and take it from there next season. We are not used to this, but we will stay up," Howell said.

easy task

The Drewsland club is a point behind Rivoli (22) and five points behind 10th-place Tivoli Gardens (26) as the relegation battle gets intense.

It means that today's game is a must-win for Waterhouse in order to move up the points standings. Although playing at home, it won't be an easy task for the home side.

Since the return of Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey as technical director/coach, Tivoli Gardens have been unbeaten in their last three games, with two wins and a draw. On the other hand, Waterhouse have only one win in their past five games.

Waterhouse, under the guidance of coach Paul Young, will rely on their leading marksman Kenroy Howell, with eight goals, as well as veterans such as Kevin Lamey, Devon Hodges, and Nicholy Finlayson for a victory at home.

Tivoli Gardens' leading scorer is Junior Flemmings on nine goals, and he is expected to get support from former Reggae Boy Jermaine 'Teddy' Anderson and captain Andre Morgan.

In the other games, RSPL leaders Montego Bay United hope to maintain their good form against Boys' Town at the Barbican field.

Portmore, coming off three straight defeats, could get back to winning ways against the lowly Rivoli United. Humble Lion face UWI FC in another interesting clash. Humble Lion are currently in fourth position on 35 points, while new boys UWI FC are only two points off the Clarendon outfit.

Defending champions Arnett Gardens are expected to get the better of Reno at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.

Today's games

• 3 p.m: Boys' Town vs Montego Bay United at Barbican Complex

• 3 p.m: Rivoli United vs Portmore United at Prison Oval

• 5 p.m: Humble Lion vs UWI FC at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon

• 6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs FC Reno at the Anthony Spaulding Complex

• 6 p.m: Waterhouse vs Tivoli Gardens at Waterhouse Stadium

Tomorrow night's game

8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Cavalier SC at Harbour View Stadium