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Promoted teams send warning to RSPL rivals

Published:Saturday | September 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey
Cavalier's Alex Marshall (left) turns away from Sandals South Coast players Junior Neil and Ron Daley (right) in their Magnum-Charley’s JB-JFF Red Stripe Premier League qualifier at the Stadium East field on July 2.
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Rudolph Speid, coach of Cavalier; and Aaron Lawrence, coach of Sandals South Coast, the promoted teams in this season's Red Stripe Premier League competition, have warned their rivals that they are not to be taken lightly.

Both coaches have listed a push for a spot among the top six teams at the forefront of their ambitions going into the season.

Cavalier are making a return to the league after they were demoted in the 2014-15 season, while Sandals South Coast will be competing in the nation's top-flight competition for the first time after a steady climb through the ranks.

Speid said they have learnt from their mistakes in the past and are better prepared for this season's challenges.

"It is possible for you to do well when you come back," said Speid. "We would have learnt our lessons, and we are going to make sure that we pick up as much points as possible along the way," he said.

"Our aim is to be in the top six because once you are in the top six, then you have a chance to win the title," Speid said.

He added: "Everybody wants to be successful, but you have to take it stage by stage and what we will be trying to do is to make it into the top six first and then we take it from there."

He also believes that they have assembled a very rounded team for this year's competition and shared that his players are very confident ahead of their season's opener against Portmore United on Monday.

 

EXPECTING GREAT THINGS

 

"This is possibly the best Cavalier team that we have since we came back to the Premier League, and so I am expecting great things from them," he said.

Meanwhile, Lawrence said his team has had a good preseason and everyone is looking forward to their opening game against defending champions Arnett Gardens on Monday night.

"We have been preparing, we are ready, and we are looking forward to a good performance come Monday," said Lawrence.

"The aim is to finish in the top six, and if we reached the top six, then that would be a big achievement and a big plus for us," he said.

Lawrence also insisted that they will be a force to be reckoned with in the competition.

"There are no weak teams in this competition, and so if anyone wants to see Sandals as one of the weaker teams coming into the competition, then they are in for a surprise," he said.