Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
With previous leaders Arnett Gardens idle until tomorrow, new leaders Harbour View will today aim to stretch their lead in the Red Stripe Premier League when they host the rebounding Boys' Town at Harbour View Mini-Stadium.
The Vin-Blaine coached Harbour View on Sunday slammed Highgate 3-0 through goals from the promising Jermie Lynch, John-Ross Edwards and the evergreen Jermaine Hue to climb to the top of the table on goal difference.
On the same day, Boys' Town were banishing the memory of surrendering a 2-0 lead to Arnett Gardens to lose 3-2, beating Montego Bay United 2-1.
Today's game could serve as a grudge match for former Harbour View forward Rafeik Thomas, who takes special pleasure in scoring against his former teams. The little forward, who also represented Tivoli Gardens, leads the scoring table with five goals, one ahead of midfielder Hue. Another former Harbour View player, Joel Williams, could also feature for fourth-place Boys' Town.
Another match which should generate major interest is Savannah-Humble Lion at Frome. The Clarendon-based team sits just above the foot of the table following a late start to the season's preparations. This is a far cry from their fourth-place finish of last season.
With club benefactor Mike Henry predicting over a year ago that his team will be the Real Madrid of Jamaica, they will have to turn around soon, and an away win against the promoted Savannah will enhance their chances.
Savannah have already claimed the scalps of defending champions Portmore United and Harbour View and will be keen to show that they are back on track after losing to Tivoli Gardens and drawing with the slumping Waterhouse.
The addition of the experienced Fabian Blake, who scored on Sunday against Waterhouse, provides depth to their team. Another home win will have the Savannah supporters believing even more that they will stay the course.
Portmore United have not shown the form of defending champions, but with Montego Bay United winning just once so far this season, the defending champions should be fancying their chances despite the fact that they are playing at home.
On the other hand, Montego Bay United's only win came at home over Highgate. If the likes of goalscorers Allan Ottey, Brian Brown and the then captain Fabian McCarthy are restored to the line-up following suspension for indiscretions ahead of the Boys' Town encounter, they should be even more dangerous.
On Sunday, Tivoli Gardens were stopped by the rains, but today they will be hoping to overwhelm Highgate United, especially after they were flooded out 3-0 by Harbour View.
Head coach Calvin Lewis cried out for more quality players following their loss to Harbour View on Sunday, and with the transfer window not opening until January, their quality would not have improved. If Tivoli get going and Highgate's players fail to improve their showing it could be a goal rush.
7 p.m. Harbour View vs Boys' Town at Harbour View Stadium.
7 p.m. Montego Bay United vs Portmore United at Catherine Hall Complex.
3:30 p.m. Savannah vs Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex.
5 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Highgate United at Edward Seaga Complex.
6 p.m. Arnett Gardens vs Cavalier at Anthony Spaulding Complex.
3:30 p.m. Sporting Central vs Waterhouse at Brancourt.