Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
The improving Rivoli United intend to end Harbour View's winning streak of six in a row, when the teams meet in the second round of the Red Stripe Premier League at Harbour View Stadium today, starting at 7 p.m.
Both teams are coming off wins on Sunday, and with Harbour View on top of the football league, with 26 points, and Rivoli fifth, on 18, spectators could be in for a good game.
Harbour View look unstoppable with in-form striker Brian 'Rambo' Brown leading the way with nine goals. However, Rivoli are fully aware of that and will come prepared to prevent him from improving his tally.
"Harbour View have been playing good football, while since we have been back in the league after three years, we have done well in the first round, and started the second round with a win against Arnett away. Now, we are again on the road against the leaders, and the plan is to stop them from winning the game," Calvert Fitzgerald, coach of Rivoli United, told The Gleaner yesterday.
"We are also fully aware that their striker Brian Brown is in good form and we have to respect that. We have to take special precaution to prevent him from scoring," Fitzgerald shared.
EXPECTING TOUGH BATTLE
Meanwhile, Harold Thomas, coach of Harbour View and who previously coached Rivoli, noted that Rivoli are playing spiritedly and expects a tough battle.
"Rivoli are improving and playing with a lot of spirit. We played them twice in the season and won both games, but that counts for nothing," he reasoned.
"It will be a game of will and I expect a good football match entering the Christmas break."
Thomas added: "We are also aware that Brian will be targeted, but these players have experience in the league and know how to handle these situations."
In another game of major interest, Tivoli Gardens host Arnett Gardens at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, starting at 5 p.m.
3 p.m. Boys' Town vs August Town at Collie Smith Complex
5 p.m. Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens at Edward Seaga Complex
7 p.m. Harbour View vs Rivoli United at Harbour View Stadium
7 p.m. Portmore United vs Montego Bay United at Ferdie Neita Park
3 p.m. Humble Lion vs Sporting Central at Effortville Community Centre
5 p.m. Waterhouse vs Cavalier at Waterhouse Stadium
TeamsPWDLGFGAGD PtsHarbour View1282216 6 10 26MoBay United12 6 4215 6 9 22Tivoli12 4 6214 9 5 18Waterhouse12 5 341110 1 18Rivoli12 5 34 7 9 -2 18Cavalier12 5 25 812 -4 17Humble Lion12 4 44 9 9 0 16Sporting12 4 261316 -3 14Boys' Town12 3 451215 -3 13Arnett12 3 361615 1 12August Town12 2 561018 -8 11Portmore12 2 46 814 -6 10