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JPL play-offs: The Contenders

Published:Sunday | September 19, 2021 | 4:34 PM
Waterhouse’s Marcel Gayle
Waterhouse’s Marcel Gayle
Cavalier SC’s Rudolph Speid
Cavalier SC’s Rudolph Speid
Mount Pleasant’s Walter Downes
Mount Pleasant’s Walter Downes
Tivoli Gardens’ Phillip Williams
Tivoli Gardens’ Phillip Williams
Vere United’s Donovan Duckie
Vere United’s Donovan Duckie
Harbour View’s Ludlow Bernard
Harbour View’s Ludlow Bernard
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SEMI-FINALISTS

Waterhouse FC

Head coach: Marcel Gayle

Titles: Two (1998, 2006)

2021 regular season finish: First place (19 points)

Semi-final opponents: Winners of Harbour View vs Mount Pleasant quarter-final

Gayle: "The aim of Waterhouse every season, not just this season, is going all the way. We have players in the team who played two finals and they want to make amends. They are all aspiring to reach that level, so there’s a whole lot to look forward to."

Cavalier SC

Technical director: Rudolph Speid

2021 regular season finish: Second place (18 points, +7 GD)

Titles: One (1981)

Semi-final opponents: Winners of Tivoli Gardens vs Vere United quarter-final.

Speid: "The players have been able to keep up with what the rest of the league has to offer. It's still development (of players) but we are developing players to win and that is what we are aiming for."

QUARTER-FINALISTS

Mount Pleasant

Interim head coach: Walter Downes

Regular season finish: Third place (18 points +3 GD)

Titles: No titles

Quarter-final opponents: Harbour View (first leg: today - 12:00 p.m. Second leg: September 22)

Head-to-head vs Harbour View: Played 7, Won 2, Draw 1, Losses 4

Walter Downes on the possibility of missing out on first-round bye: "We have been playing how I want us to play but we just needed a little bit more quality in the final third. We just prepare again for the game in front of us and we will put all our efforts into winning that."

Tivoli Gardens

Head coach: Phillip Williams

Regular season finish: Fourth place (17 points)

Titles: Five (1983, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2011)

Quarter-final opponents: Vere United (first leg: Today - 2:30 p.m. Second leg: September 22)

Head-to-head vs Vere: Played 7, Won 4, Draw 3, Lost 0

Williams on first play-off appearance in three years: "It is a great feeling that we have given ourselves the chance to be in the play-offs. That was the plan from game one, which is to win the competition, and getting in the play-offs is one of our objectives and we just hope to push on from here."

Vere United

Head coach: Donovan Duckie

2021 Regular season finish: Fifth place (15 points, +2 GD)

Titles: 0

Quarter-final opponents: Tivoli Gardens (first leg: Today - 2:30 p.m. Second leg: September 22)

Head-to-head vs Tivoli: Played 7, Won 0, Draw 3, Lost 4

Duckie on first play-off berth: "It's a huge moment for us. Now we have to refocus the guys because we are not going to sit comfortably. We are in it to win it and it (the title) is very realistic for us to do so. So we definitely have to give it a good shot."

Harbour View

Head coach: Ludlow Bernard

Titles: Four (2000, 2007, 2010, 2013)

2021 regular season finish: Sixth (15 points, +1 GD)

Quarter-final opponents: Mount Pleasant (first leg: Today - 12:00 p.m. Second leg: September 22)

Head-to-head vs Harbour View: Played 7, Won 4, Draw 1, Lost 2

Bernard: "Getting to this stage of the competition is an achievement for them. I think all players are motivated to put up a serious challenge, irrespective of our opponents."