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Derby showdown in the west - Sandals, Savannah meet in Super League mid-season final

Published:Sunday | February 15, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer

WESTERN BUREAU:

It's a common story line, a derby always gets the adrenaline pumping, and such will be the case this afternoon, when Westmoreland-based Sandals Whitehouse FC and parish rivals Savannah SC meet in the mid-season final of the J.B. Charley's Western Confederation Super League. Match time is 3 p.m. at the Frome Sports Complex.

It will, no doubt, be sort of a grudge match also for Sandals, the league leaders with 27 points, who suffered a stinging 1-0 loss to this same Savannah team two weeks ago at the very venue they are to meet today. They recovered nicely, however, last week to stop Salt Marsh United 2-0.

Savannah are the form team at this point. They have 24 points from 11 matches, winning seven while losing once. They are, however, unbeaten in their last three, including that crucial 1-0 victory over today's opposition two weeks ago, a win that propelled them into second place.

In spite of their 2-2 draw with Wadadah FC on Tuesday, with goals from Leroy Taylor and Ron Daley, Savannah are looking good at the halfway point and enter today's derby match confident they can do the double over their rivals.

NO FEAR

Savannah hold no fear of Sandals as seen in that win, as they dominated the Aaron Lawrence-coached club in a way few others have managed to do, so far this season.

Marvin Quarrie, Savannah's head coach, just wants his players to stick to his game plan, while playing good, open football to win mid-season honours.

"It is always interesting when we play in these parish derbies, and we know how good Sandals are. The last time we played them we won, so it goes to show that we too are a strong team," said Quarrie.

"There will be a few adjustments to be made for this game, as we can exploit some of their weakness, based on what I saw from them in that drawn game."

"We are right where we want to be, and that is in a position to challenge for the title, and winning here will only help us get better," a confident Quarrie stated.

Like they did the last time around, the Savannah defence will have to keep Sandals' top marksman, Dervin Campbell, in check and hope that it takes some of the sting out of their attack. But with the likes of Akeem Whyte in midfield, Sandals have enough fire power with which to hurt Savannah.

"Another derby, another tough match," reasoned Lawrence.

"Savannah are always going to be hard to beat because they know how to play football. But we are in no way scared of taking the battle to them," declared Lawrence.