Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Former champions and title favourites Waterhouse will be aiming to keep their winning run going when they host the revamped Cavalier at Drewsland this afternoon at 5:00, in one of six games on today in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).
Like Waterhouse, Cavalier started their season with a win - over Portmore United - but the home team should be favoured to get the win. Not only do they have on their roster one of the best local-based goalkeepers in Richard McCallum, but they also have players eager to prove their worth.
One such is Romario Campbell, the former Harbour View midfielder who started his season with a goal and an overall performance that impressed national coach Winfried Schäfer.
The left-footed player followed up that performance with a hat-trick in Waterhouse's 7-1 win over Port Morant on Thursday in Flow Champions Cup action. Spurred by the encouragement given to him by Schäfer, Campbell's confidence could be sky high and this could make him a thorn in the side of Cavalier. Of course there is still Jermaine Anderson, the leading scorer in the competition for the past two seasons and the footballer getting the most love at this time from local fans.
Cavalier battled hard last season and showed that they belonged in the top flight. With their new acquisitions they have shown even more ambition and will want to improve their standing over last season and a victory is not beyond them.
Goalkeeper Gariece McPherson was one of their top players last season and he looks in even better shape this season and will not fear Campbell, Anderson and company. One of their new boys, Severo Murphy, showed his class last week against Portmore and he will be looking for a repeat performance.
Defending champions and last season's most consistent team, Harbour View, find themselves in an unfamiliar position looking up from the foot of the table instead of looking down. For them to put behind last week's 0-2 blanking suffered to Sporting Central, they will have to get the better of Boys' Town away from home.
Boys' Town find themselves in a similar position to Harbour View in that they are seeking to overturn an unfavourable result from last week. What is even worse for Boys' Town is that they were again beaten in midweek 4-2 by Tivoli Gardens. A third loss could lead to a crisis in confidence. Harbour View, on the other hand, took care of the promoted Rivoli in the Flow Cup.
Tivoli Gardens have been making bold statements on and off the field. Their opening game was a 1-0 win over Montego Bay United and they followed that up with an emphatic 4-2 over neighbours Boys' Town. Based on the way they went about their business, Rivoli will find that the difference between the two teams is more than the letters which starts their name.
6 p.m.: Arnett Gardens vs August Town at Anthony Spaulding Complex.
3:30 p.m.: Boys' Town vs Harbour View at Collie Smith Complex.
6:30 p.m.: Montego Bay United vs Sporting Central at Catherine Hall Complex.
7 p.m.: Portmore United vs Humble Lion at Ferdie Neita Park.
3:30 p.m.: Rivoli United vs Tivoli Gardens at Prison Oval.
5 p.m.: Waterhouse vs Cavalier at Drewsland Stadium.