Back-to-form Waterhouse can remain close to Arnett
Nodley Wright, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The back-in-form and preseason favourites Waterhouse will be gunning for their third straight victory in the Red Stripe Premier league this afternoon while also taking aim at the leaders when they play away to Boys' Town.
Having lost their way for most of the second round, Waterhouse regained their finishing touch while blasting four goals in each of their games against Reno Football Club and Rivoli United Football Club. Against the struggling Boys' Town, they will be looking for more of the same.
"The players are highly motivated and very confident right now. They have refocused and are very energised with the Christmas break behind us," a very confident Marcel Gayle of Waterhouse told The Sunday Gleaner ahead of today's clash in one of five scheduled games.
Unlike Waterhouse, Boys' Town are seeking consistency in the second round. They have split their last two games, losing their last one away to Reno at STETHS. That win for Reno was their first in 10 games, but Gayle is refusing to get carried away by the form of the opposition.
"It (a match between Waterhouse and Boys' Town, is always an interesting encounter. Boys' Town are a very competitive team. Despite their position on the table we expect a tough game from them, but mentally we are ready and focused," Gayle said.
Gayle's observation is with good reason as in Rafeik Thomas Boys' Town are in possession of a very intelligent forward who looks unplayable at this time. If he manages to make use of his many intelligent runs, which often get him behind the defenders, then the visitors will have to play catch-up.
Waterhouse for their part still have the deepest squad in the league and with the likes of Tramaine Stewart, Romario Campbell, Jermaine Anderson, Juvaune Benjamin and Kelso Cousins all on song, it could be about the margin of victory.
The fortunes of the teams on Collie Smith Drive could not be more different as while Boys' Town are fighting for survival, their neighbours Arnett Gardens are going for sole possession of the longest unbeaten streak and are intent on widening their lead at the top of the table. Today, they play away to promoted Barbican who last week got the better of Harbour View.
Under new coach Marvin Tate, Barbican look a more confident and expressive unit but the Jerome Waite-coached Arnett Gardens should be too strong for them.
❐ 3 p.m: Barbican vs Arnett Gardens - Barbican Complex
❐ 3 p.m: Boys' Town FC vs Waterhouse - Collie Smith Complex
❐ 4:30 p.m: Cavalier SC vs Reno - Stadium East
❐ 3 p.m: Montego Bay United vs Harbour View - Wespow Park
❐ 3 p.m: Sporting Central FC vs Tivoli Gardens - Juici Park
❐ 8:30 p.m: Rivoli United vs Humble Lion - Anthony Spaulding Complex
P W D L GF GA GD Pts
Arnett 19 13 2 4 36 22 13 41MoBay United 19 10 4 5 27 13 14 34Waterhouse 19 10 4 5 29 11 14 34H View 19 9 5 5 27 19 8 32Rivoli 19 8 5 6 30 29 1 29Humble 19 7 4 8 19 18 1 25Tivoli 19 7 4 8 21 27 -6 25Cavalier 19 6 5 8 12 13 -1 23Sporting 19 6 2 11 21 28 -7 20Boys' Town 19 5 4 10 19 30 -11 19Reno 19 53 11 25 35 -10 18Barbican 19 4 6 9 12 29 -17 18