Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
A place in the end of first round final will be one of the most sought after things next to three points in today's schedule of Red Stripe Premier League matches with five games set to take place.
In pole position to secure a place in the end of round final are leaders Harbour View who have really been playing to the tune of their conductor, recalled national midfielder Jermaine Hue.
Hue should pick up where he left of on Tuesday when he thrilled with his artistry and vision in inspiring Jamaica to a 4-1 win over Antigua to advance to the next round of the CONCACAF Zone World Cup qualifiers.
Heading in to today's game the 'Stars of the East' must be in high spirits after recording back-to-back wins over defending champions Portmore United and the promoted Cavalier.
"We have secured back-to-back victories in the last couple of games and we are really looking forward to continuing that trend," assistant coach Harold Thomas said ahead of their game against Waterhouse, one of their biggest rivals in the league.
A victory, he added, would take them closer to achieving their first objective.
"It was one of our first objectives to try to make the first end of round final and we are on course for that now, and certainly want to continue our winning ways to ensure that we meet that objective," Thomas said.
But while Harbour View are entering this game full of confidence, Waterhouse, who have had an uncharacteristically slow start to their season, will have good reason to believe that they can cause an upset. Two matches ago they stopped the unbeaten run of the then in-form team Arnett Gardens, winning 3-2. That should show that their confidence is not misplaced.
"They are the ideal team to beat and one thing about Waterhouse is when they want to rise to the occasion they will, and the platform is perfect for them to do so," head coach Donovan Duckie said of the encounter.
In other matches, second-place Sporting Central on 16 points, the same as Harbour View, who have a better goal difference, will be aiming to take advantage of a Waterhouse upset win over Harbour View should they beat 10th-place Montego Bay United. Montego Bay United are in the bottom half of the table on seven points.
Arnett Gardens, also on 16 points, should be fancied to get the better of the slipping Savannah FC and rebound from their loss on Thursday night to Portmore United.
Fourth-place Boys' Town are as certain of their three points against bottom-of-the-table Highgate United as Arsenal were against Norwich ahead of the English Premier League meeting yesterday. Unfortunately, Arsenal lost 1-0 and this shows that class does not always prevail.
Cavalier appear to have lost the plot and unless they report with a different mindset will offer very little problems to a Tivoli Gardens outfit that are playing below their standards. Captain Keithy Simpson, when deployed in his preferred central defensive role has been one of the few bright sparks for the club along with forward Dane Kelly.
Sixth-place Portmore United will not have it all their way tomorrow when they host fifth-place Humble Lion, a team they trail on goal difference, when they meet at Ferdie Neita Park.
6 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Savanna - Anthony Spaulding Complex
3:30 p.m: Boys Town vs Highgate United - Collie Smith Complex
5 p.m: Cavalier vs Tivoli Gardens - Stadium East
3:30 p.m: Sporting Central vs Montego Bay United - Brancourt
6 p.m: Waterhouse vs Harbour View - Drewsland Stadium
9 p.m: Portmore United vs Humble Lion - Ferdie Neita Park