Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
First-round pacesetters Montego Bay United will get the chance to get back on track today when they host pre-season favourites Waterhouse at Wespow Park in one of five matches at the start of the second round.
Montego Bay United who led for much of the first round before stumbling to a 1-1 draw in their last game to allow defending champions Harbour View to come storming past them will be hoping to reproduce one of their best performances of the season - a 3-1 spanking of Waterhouse. That victory was achieved away from home and with the feeling of letting the round lead still fresh in their minds the Donovan Duckie-coached team must be anxious to give their loyal home support something to cheer about.
While Montego Bay will have that on their mind and the big three of Dino Williams, Leslie St Fleur and Allan Ottey as well as the fast improving Jermaine Wozencroft, Waterhouse will have other things on their mind. The former champions will claim that their three biggest players in national striker Jermain 'Tuffy' Anderson, Richard 'Spoon' McCallum their captain and goalkeeper as well as Romario Campbell, were not available.
McCallum and Anderson, both raised in Montego Bay, will be back in action for Waterhouse as they seek to set the record straight against Montego Bay United but Campbell is still not fully fit after a spell in the hospital.
But while Montego Bay United will be charting a course back to the top of the table, the 'Stars of the East' as Harbour View are dubbed, will not be sitting idly twiddling thumbs. They will be hosting the tough Boys' Town. Both teams ended on equal footing the last time they met but that seems like light years away based on how much the defending champions have improved.
In captain and defender Dicoy Williams and forward Brian Brown Harbour View have two players who have set their sights on national recognition and will move heaven and earth to make sure it happens. Both have been key ingredients in Harbour View's transformation. Others such as Montrose Phinn, Joel Senior and McKauley Tulloch have also been making their own noise.
Boys' Town have always been known to punch above their weight and in Renae Lloyd and the young André Dawson they have two players who will not be denied.
3:00 p.m: August Town vs Tivoli Gardens - UWI Bowl
3:00 p.m: Montego Bay vs Waterhouse - Wespow Park
3:00 p.m: Sporting Central vs Portmore United - Juici Patties Park6:00 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Rivoli United - Anthony Spaulding Complex
6:30 p.m: Harbour View vs Boys Town - Harbour View Stadium
7:00 p.m: Cavalier vs Humble Lion - Stadium East
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
H View 11 7 2 2 14 5 9 23
MoBay United 11 6 3 2 15 6 9 21
Waterhouse 11 5 2 4 11 10 1 17
Cavalier 11 5 1 5 7 11 -4 16
Tivoli 11 3 6 2 9 8 1 15
Humble Lion 11 4 3 4 8 8 0 15
Rivoli 11 4 3 4 6 9 -3 15
Sporting 11 4 2 5 12 14 -2 14
Boys' Town 11 3 4 4 11 13 -2 13
Arnett 11 3 3 5 16 14 2 12
August Town 11 2 5 4 9 13 4 11
Portmore 11 1 4 6 6 13 -7 7