Leighton Levy, Gleaner Writer
Harbour View defender Dicoy Williams is confident that his team will demonstrate that they are on the up when they take on Portmore United in the quarter-final round of the Flow Champions Cup on Wednesday, October 2.
On paper, the Stars of the East have the tougher assignment on the day as fellow Premier League club Arnett Gardens will take on minnows Axum for a spot in the semi-final round. Sporting Central Academy play Waterhouse and Montego Bay United take on defending champions Tivoli Gardens in the other quarter-final matches on Thursday, October 3.
Harbour View's form has been inconsistent. They beat Rivoli 2-1 in the second round of the Flow Champions Cup but their form in the Red Stripe Premier League has been poor. On the opening weekend of the 2013-2014 season, they were beaten by Sporting Central Academy and then last weekend, they were forced to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Boys' Town.
Williams believes their Champions Cup form will not desert them as they prepare for Portmore.
'looking forward to this game'
"We're looking forward to this game. Portmore United are one of the top four teams in the country and Harbour View are always up to the task to play against anybody," Williams said yesterday at the conclusion of the quarter-final and semi-final draws of the Champions Cup at the Jamaica Football Federation headquarters in New Kingston.
Arnett Gardens are coming off a strong performance in the second round when they drubbed Humble Lion 4-0. However, Coach Calvin Lewis says they won't take Axum for granted.
"We are very wary of this Axum team even though we are playing at home and we are the Premier League team and they are the lesser opponents, but they did enough to reach here and they are expecting to do great things," he said. Axum advanced to the quarter-finals by beating Reggae Youths 3-1.
Notwithstanding a strong showing against Black Stars whom they whipped 6-1 in the second round, Sporting Central are aware that they will have their hands full against a talented Waterhouse team. However, they fancy their chances.
"We'll just have to play good football and represent Sporting Central well," said team manager Doen Mullings.
Defending champions Tivoli will play the dangerous Montego Bay United now coached by Donovan Duckie, but that holds no terrors for veteran central defender Kasai Hinds. "Just like any other team, we have to go out there and play our own game and try to come out victorious," he said.
For the semi-final round, the winners of the Portmore/Harbour View match will play the winners of the Sporting Central/Waterhouse encounter while the winners of the Tivoli/Montego Bay clash will face either Arnett or Axum.