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St Catherine derby takes spotlight in RSPL

Published:Sunday | November 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMNodley Wright
Dunbeholden's Jerome Wedderburn
Portmore United's Roshane Sharpe (right) puts in a hard tackle on Humble Lion's Michael Binns during a recent match.
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The Royal Lakes Complex should be rocking this afternoon when home team Dunbeholden host defending champions Portmore United in a St Catherine derby in one of five matches on today in the final game of round one.

Dunbeholden, one of two promoted teams, are sitting at the bottom of the table, but they will be thinking that they have a puncher's chance of taking down their mighty neighbours. To convince themselves of this possibility, they will be looking to the result obtained by fellow promoted team Mount Pleasant FC on the opening day of the competition.

That view could be countered by the fact that Portmore United will not be caught cold a second time. Captain Ricardo Morris and fellow attacker Jovan East will be absent due to national duties, but Portmore United should have more than enough ammunition. Leading goal scorer Rondee Smith, Roshane Sharpe, and Venton Evans have enough quality to keep the home team on their backfoot.

Dunbeholden's lowly place does not speak to the quality of the football that they have played and the fight that they have shown. Dean-Andre Thomas has looked good for them and has netted three goals, but he will need more support from Nickoy Christian, Graeme Green, and Kemo Gayle.

At Wespow Park, the struggling Montego Bay United will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways when they host Waterhouse. With their injury-riddled squad, a victory for the home team will be a tall order, especially with Waterhouse's confidence high following their mid-week win over UWI FC.

The rebounding Humble Lion will be seeking to keep climbing up the table as they entertain Reno in a match that will be like a reunion for Craig Foster, who served Reno very well for a number of years.

In one of two late games UWI FC will visit Drax Hall to face Mount Pleasant in what should be a keenly-contested game. Mount Pleasant, for their part, will not want to lose their third game at home and a second in a row following an away loss to Arnett Gardens. UWI will also want to put the loss to Waterhouse behind them and keep pace with leaders Portmore United. Additionally, being one of four teams on 17 points, a loss could be detrimental.

 

Today's games

 

- 3 p.m.: Dunbeholden vs Portmore United - Royal Lakes Complex

- 3 p.m.: Humble Lion vs Reno - Effortvile Community Centre

- 3 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Waterhouse - Wespow Park

- 7 p.m.: Mount Pleasant vs UWI FC - Drax Hall Sports Complex

- 7 p.m.: Tivoli Gardens vs Cavalier - Edward Seaga Complex

 

Tomorrow's game

 

- 8:35 p.m.: Harbour View vs Arnett Gardens - Harbour View Stadium