Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Having shown their class at home, Sporting Central Academy will today aim to do the same on the road when they go up against Boys' Town at Collie Smith Drive.
The Clarendon-based team have disposed of neighbours Humble Lion and the St Mary-based Highgate United and are now gunning for last year's runners-up Boys' Town.
Crucial to their early season form are midfielder Keith Kelly and forward Levaughn Williams and both should be involved today.
"We are expecting the winning run to continue. We had a good start winning our first game which was a Clarendon derby. The second game we had a victory against Highgate which was good also, but what you have seen displayed in the matches is what we have been doing in training and we intend to do the same against Boys' Town," Kelly told The Sunday Gleaner.
Kelly, long recognised as one of the better midfielders in the country, is focused on getting back to his best and inspiring his team to a top-four finish.
"I think we have a point to prove because people always say we start well and then fade away, so I think we have a lot to prove this season to change that. We want to be in the top four," added the player who represented Jamaica at the 1999 Under-17 and the 2001 Under-20 World Youth Cup tournaments.
His job in the team, according to Kelly, is to provide leadership and experience.
"This season, I think I am more focused. I have been training harder in the off-season because I am trying to reach my goals of getting back to the top. I think my team-mates look up to me because of my leadership and experience and I am doing my best to provide them."
One man who will be standing in Kelly's way today is defender Xavian Virgo, who up until recently was a part of the national set-up.
"Actually, the league started off fairly well for us. We won the first one at home, lost the second one away, but we intend to get another three points at home (today). This win will keep our goal in sight of getting a minimum of 21 points for the first round," Virgo explained.
In last week's loss to Waterhouse, the speedy, tough-tackling defender said he saw a lot of positives.
"We had a great game and had good possession of the ball. We created a lot of chances, but were unfortunate not to take them and then we had the misfortune of making some errors which cost us. But overall I think we played well," added Virgo.
"It will be a different thing tomorrow (today). Our strikers will get the opportunities. It is the third game so we will not pressure them. The good thing is that they are getting the opportunities and I am confident they will convert this time," Virgo said of Romeo Parkes and Rafiek Thomas.
3:30 p.m. Boys' Town FC vs Sporting Central at Collie Smith Complex
5 p.m. Cavalier SC vs Savannah FC at Stadium East
3:30 p.m. Highgate United FC vs Arnett Gardens at Drax Hall Sports Complex
3:30 p.m. Humble Lion FC vs Montego Bay United FC at Effortville Community Centre
7 p.m. Portmore United FC vs Waterhouse FC at Ferdie Neita Park
5 p.m. Tivoli Gardens FC vs Harbour View FC at Edward Seaga Sports Complex