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JN/Visa Jackie Bell KO semis in spotlight

Published:Sunday | April 9, 2017 | 4:00 AMMarc Stamp
Irvino English of Waterhouse.

The Jamaica National Visa-Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Jackie Bell semi-finals are on today at the Constant Spring Complex.

In the first game of the double-header, Cavalier will face Waterhouse, starting at 6:30 p.m., to be followed by Tivoli Gardens against Barbican at 8:30 p.m.

Super League outfit Cavalier enter their semi-final on a high after a big 5-1 quarter-final victory against Central Kingston on Thursday night. However, they will not find Red Stripe Premier League team, Waterhouse, that easy.

Cavalier are, however, playing some good football with players such as St George's College schoolboy star Alex Marshall, captain Ryan Miller, Oshane Jenkins, Nicholas Hamilton and Kieron Brock leading the way.

TOUGH GAME

Coach Rudolph Speid is expecting a tough game.

"This Waterhouse team has improved in the Premier League season. I know that they have quality players, but we remain confident in our passing game. It could go either way," Speid told the Sunday Gleaner.

On the other hand, the Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey-coached Waterhouse will rely on Kemar 'Bushy' Beckford, veteran Irvino English, Andre McFarland, goalkeeper Romaine Bowers and Nicholy Finlayson to take them to the final.

Tivoli Gardens are expected to get the better of Barbican in the second game. However, Barbican are being guided by the wily former national assistant coach Miguel Coley, and they could surprise the Red Stripe Premier League outfit.

Barbican's key players include Locksley Thompson, Keno Simpson, Akino Bailey and Greg Taylor.

Tivoli will be hoping that top striker and talisman, Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson recovers from an injury sustained in the quarter-final against Harbour View last Wednesday night.

Johnson apart, Tivoli will look to Jermaine Parris, captain Romaine Breakenridge, Elton Thompson, Tevin Shaw and Junior McGregor for success.