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Big day for RSPL's cellar dwellers

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2016 | 4:20 AMNodley Wright
:Cavalier's Chevonne Marsh

The possession of the worst record over the last five games in the Red Stripe Premier League could seriously cost one of the more storied clubs in local football when the final whistles are blown today to signal the end of the 2015/2016 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) regular season.

Four losses in the last five games including three successive ones over the last three games and the only other result being a draw means that Cavalier have attempted the tragic act of committing suicide. Only a miracle or a lack of interest in the proceedings by their opponents, Tivoli Gardens who have very little to play for, could save them.

With two teams set to be relegated the lower leagues today, Cavalier, who just weeks ago were in with a chance, albeit slim, of finishing in the top four now find themselves the second least likely team to survive of the four that could go down. Of the four the favourites tag still belongs to Waterhouse who have basically made the relegation zone their residence more most of the season. Waterhouse have shown fight of late and with a victory over Boys’ Town today could end up on a maximum 34 points, one above the total currently held by both Cavalier and Rivoli. Their survival therefore depends on the loss of both teams and in the event of a Rivoli draw Waterhouse would have to win by at least five clear goals – improbable.

Cavalier can end the season with a maximum 36 points and stay up but would have to beat Tivoli Gardens and see Rivoli lose to Humble Lion or Reno lose to UWI FC. The University team still has chance of being on the right side of another decision to be made today that of the fourth semi-finalists and they will not give up that fight easily even though Reno will be at home. That situation makes Cavalier’s task much tougher. 

 

Today’s games

3:30 p.m: Portmore United vs Arnett Gardens - Juici Park, Clarendon

3:30 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View - Montego Bay Sports Complex

3:30 p.m:  Reno vs UWI FC - Frome Complex

3:30 p.m: Humble Lion vs  Rivoli United F - Effortville Community Centre

3:30pm Tivoli Gardens United vs Cavalier - Edward Seaga Stadium

3:30 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys’ Town - Drewsland Stadium

Points standing
                        P         W        D         L     GF       GA      GD      Pts   

Portmore                    32       18         7       7         41      26        15       61     
Arnett                         32       17         6        9        46       28       18       57 
MoBay United            32       15        11      6         51       26       25       56
Humble Lion FC        32       12          11       9       28      27        1         47
UWI FC                     32      12           10     10       37      40       -3         46     
H.View                        32      10           13       9       39      32        7        43    
Tivoli                                 32        11              7        14        38        40         -2          40
Boys' Town                 32      10          8        14      35       49      -14       38   
Reno                            32        7          13      12       34      52      -18        34 
Rivoli                           32       8           9       15        38      45        -7       33
Cavalier SC                 32       8           9       15        24       35       -11      33
Waterhouse                 32       7          10      15       29        40      -11       31