Talented Cavalier look to shoot down league leaders
Having disposed of bottom-of-the-table Boys' Town last week, coach Rudolph Speid's Cavalier will be taking aim at the top when they host leaders Portmore United at Stadium East.
Portmore United, last year's beaten finalists, lead the league on 47 points, six ahead of defending champions Arnett Gardens and 12 in front of fourth-place Cavalier. Being in the lead means that Portmore United have a target on their back, and Cavalier are not afraid of taking a shot at them.
"This is a game that we want to play. We know that they are the winter champions, and we look at what they have been doing, and they have been simply magnificent," Speid said.
Portmore United's Shavar Thomas, whose team suffered an unexpected loss to Harbour View on Sunday last but recovered midweek to keep Humble Lion humble, is also expecting a tough game.
"We are expecting a tough game from Cavalier. They have a good squad, a lot of natural talent, especially in the front line, but we are looking forward to getting three points," the calmly confident Thomas said.
He added: "We think it will be a good test for us with the CONCACAF Champions League coming up. We will go into it as we do all our games, confidently, and see how it goes from there."
Besides having his eye on taking the scalp of the 'big' team, Speid said that he is looking forward to the quality of football that will be played.
NATIONAL PLAYERS ON SHOW
"There will be at least 10 senior nationals on show, not to mention Under-17 and Under-20 players. So all 22 players on the field are likely to have had some national involvement.
"Add to that is the fact that there is no animosity between the teams. It is just good football that will be on display at a field like Stadium East. I must tell you that had I been a fan, this is the game that I would want to be at," added the man whose team has an average age of 21.5, the youngest in the league.
Among the players who will be in action are the competition's leading scorer, Jovan East; the exiting Ricardo Morris; Maalique Foster, the man who lit up the recently held Caribbean Combine Ewan Grandison; and goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul for Portmore United. Across from them will be the attacking trio of Chevone Marsh, Alex Marshall, and Nicholas Hamilton as well as talented schoolboys Jahmoi Topey, Kaheem Parris, and goalkeeper Jeadean White. Paul Wilson, formerly of Portmore United, could also make some noise.
Clarendon College schoolboy Nique Daley is also expected to make his debut for Cavalier.
At Effortville, Humble Lion should continue their fight to stay out of the relegation scrap, while Boys' Town will be seeking to reel in the team closest to them. Montego Bay United will host Harbour View, a team seeking to win three straight, in a tricky encounter.
Arnett Gardens should continue their resurrection when they play away to 11th-place Sandals South Coast, while Tivoli Gardens at home could prove too tough for Reno.
- 5 p.m.: Cavalier vs Portmore United - Stadium East
- 3 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Boys' Town - Effortville Community Centre
- 3 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View - Wespow Park
- 3 p.m.: Sandals South Coast vs Arnett Gardens - STETHS
- 3 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Reno - Edward Seaga Complex
- 8:35 p.m.: Waterhouse vs UWI FC - Drewsland Stadium