Cavalier, Santos in Super clash
Ryon Jones, Gleaner Writer
An exhilarating encounter is expected when second-place Cavalier entertain third-place Santos in today's feature Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Claro Super League 14th-round match at The Spring Complex, starting at 3 p.m.
Cavalier have gone unbeaten at home so far this season, securing 16 out of a possible 18 points. They have amassed 28 points overall. Their only league defeat so far came on the road in round three at the expense of Santos; and they conceded only their eighth goal of the season last week when they played to a 1-1 draw with the Jamaica Defence Force (JDF).
Cavalier, who have acquired the services of former Santos midfielder Demetrio Billett, intend to go all out for victory as they are still smarting from their loss to Santos, according to player/coach David Laylor.
All guns out
"I don't know how motivated they (Santos) will be as they have lost one of their key players," Laylor said. "Come Saturday (today) it will be all guns out, not in a negative way but football talk. We will be hunting, seriously hunting, as we are smarting still from the beating that they gave us.
"We are going out full force and strong and we will see how they match up with us," he added.
Santos are joint third for the worst away-record, having lost four of their seven games on the road. They too will have heightened motivation to secure all three points after they were docked three points for the use of an ineligible player in their December 12 win over Rae Town. The points deducted have not altered Santos' third-place position in the league, but they have slipped to 25 points.
They scored a 2-1 home win over Duhaney Park and have strengthened their forward line with the addition of Nicholas 'Helmet' McCreath and will be looking to unleash a surprise package, according to their coach, Carlton 'Spanner' Dennis.
"We will be coming to play and we might have a surprise package in store, we have something to unleash on Saturday," Dennis said. "We are motivated to play them (Cavalier) and I think they are also motivated to play us. The last time we met a Cavalier's team we did very well against them. I would call it a championship game," he added.
In the round's other matches leaders Rae Town, who were awarded the three points from the Santos game to move up to 31 points, will host fifth-place Constant Spring (21) at Breezy Castle. Fourth-place Mountain View (22) will play host to 11th-place Meadhaven United at Excelsior High School. The sixth-place team, JDF (21), will be on the road to eighth-place Barbican (16) at Barbican Field. Real Mona (17), who currently sit in seventh, will travel to the Bull Pen to tackle Bull Bay (11), while bottom-place Maverley/Hughenden (4) will visit Duhaney Park.
All matches are slated to start at 3 p.m.