MoBay, Waterhouse hunt vital points
Action in the 2016-17 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) resumes today after a two-week break, with several interesting matchups.
Defending champions and leaders Montego Bay United (MBU) face struggling Waterhouse at Wespow Park in St James, starting at 3 p.m.
MBU begin the new year on 35 points from 17 games, while Waterhouse are in 11th position on 15 points and in the relegation zone. Getting points is important for both teams but for different reasons. The MBU outfit will be looking to ensure a place in the top six for qualification to the championship round in April, while Waterhouse are fighting to avoid the drop.
With that scenario, spectators in Montego Bay could be in for an exciting and close contest.
MBU could unleash schoolboys Jourdaine Fletcher and Peter-Lee Vassell, two players who helped Cornwall College lift the daCosta Cup, the top rural area schoolboy trophy, last month.
They should get guidance from stalwarts such as captain Dwayne Ambusley and national strikers Dino Williams and Allan Ottey.
Waterhouse have been struggling in the league since last season and are yet to get it right.
The St Andrew-based club parted ways with Marvin Tate and brought in former Tivoli Gardens coach Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey in the hot seat.
Bailey guided his new club to a 2-0 victory against newcomers Jamalco on December 21 to close off 2016. That was the first win for the new coach in four games since taking over.
Waterhouse will bank on veteran striker Jermain Anderson, Kemar Beckford, Romario Campbell, Irvino English, and AndrÈ McFarlane for a positive result away.
In another game, Arnett, who have been struggling to win since the players' pay cut in October, will look for a bright start this year against UWI FC at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.
UWI are in third position on 32 points while Arnett are three places behind on 22 points.
Maverley-Hughenden, unbeaten since Anthony Patrick replaced Lijyasu Simms as head coach, face Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex in west Kingston.
Tivoli are in second position on 32 points, while promoted Maverley-Hughenden climbed to seventh on 20 points.
In other games on the day, Reno are expected to beat last-place Boys' Town; Portmore are tipped to get the better of Jamalco; and Humble Lion are given the nod over Harbour View in a late game.
o 3 p.m.: MBU vs Waterhouse at Wes Pow Park, St James
o 3 p.m.: Reno vs Boys' Town at Frome Complex, Westmoreland
o 3 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs UWI FC at Anthony Spaulding Complex
o 3 p.m.: Jamalco vs Portmore United at Wembley Centre of Excellence, Clarendon
o 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Maverley-Hughenden at Edward Seaga Sports Complex
o 7 p.m.: Harbour View vs Humble Lion at Harbour View Stadium