Water­house look to de­light home fans

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Nod­ley Wright Gleaner Writer

WITH THREE points tucked away fol­low­ing their away win against Har­bour View, Water­house will be aim­ing to repli­cate that re­sult on home soil when they host Tivoli Gardens to­day in the Red Stripe Premier League.

The team which, to some, mirac­u­lously sur­vived rel­e­ga­tion last sea­son, due mainly to the goals of vet­eran Jer­main ‘Tuffy’ An­der­son, owed Sun­day’s vic­tory to the young­ster who re­placed him when he got in­jured – Ro­dave Mur­ray. That vic­tory stopped a slide of four suc­ces­sive losses and eased a lit­tle bit of pres­sure on the club lead­er­ship.

“The team has been strug­gling to get points on the board since the com­pe­ti­tion started and that win gave us some ease in terms of pres­sure,” Coach Marvin Tate, who took over as coach in the off sea­son, said.

He added: “Out­side of that, it could not have come at a bet­ter time. We have been at a low point since the death of Do­minic James, who was a part of our club. The com­mu­nity put a lot of pres­sure on us in terms of win­ning, but we came up with the goods at the right time.”

Ac­cord­ing to Tate, one of the keys to vic­tory then was the pres­ence and con­tri­bu­tion of the se­nior play­ers lead­ing up to the game.

“I must say, though, that with the pres­ence of the se­nior play­ers such as Weston For­rest, An­der­son, Irvino English, among oth­ers, we were re­ally com­posed and look­ing to turn things around. Com­ing up to face Tivoli, the same mood is in the camp,” said Tate.

To­day’s op­po­nents, Tivoli Gardens, will present a dif­fer­ent dy­namic as they have won all their away matches so far and have not recorded any vic­to­ries at home. “We an­tic­i­pate a good game. Based on the re­sult of their last game, Water­house should come out blaz­ing as they would have earned some amount of con­fi­dence from that and play­ing at home should help them as well.

“It seems as if we do bet­ter away from home. We are yet to win a match at home, but we have won our matches away so this is a plus for us and we are look­ing for a pos­i­tive re­sult,” Coach

Omar Ed­wards stated.

Train­ing has been pos­i­tive lead­ing up to this game, Ed­wards said, point­ing out that only one player will not be at 100 per cent.

“Our train­ing has been pos­i­tive and the play­ers are up­beat. We have only one player, Miguel Rick­etts, one of our strik­ers, who had a knock, but it is noth­ing ma­jor,” added Ed­wards, who will be look­ing to the ex­pe­ri­enced Jer­maine John­son, Shavar Camp­bell, Marvin Ste­wart and the re­ju­ve­nated vet­eran goal­keeper Ed­sel Scott to pro­vide lead­er­ship on the field.

Water­house, on the other hand, may have to utilise An­der­son from the bench if his frac­tured nose al­lows. They will also be with­out Kevin Kel­ly­man, Car­los Wright, Ra­mone McGre­gor, Jah­mika Hutchin­son and, pos­si­bly, Kacy Brom­field, who has the flu.

Those in­juries could see cap­tain Ro­mario Camp­bell ben­e­fit from the pres­ence of For­rest and English ear­lier than ini­tially planned.

In the Claren­don derby, lead­ers Hum­ble Lion could get the bet­ter of Port­more United to con­sol­i­date their po­si­tion at the top of the table, while Ar­nett Gardens will wel­come the re­turn of Coach Jerome Waite from na­tional du­ties as they seek to con­tinue their as­cent at the ex­pense of UWI FC.

The free-scor­ing Ja­malco and the im­pres­sive Ro­han Richards will be aim­ing to rebound from last week’s loss to Boys’ Town when they en­ter­tain Reno, who are them­selves in need of a re­turn to win­ning ways.

De­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mon­tego Bay United should be boosted by the re­turn of na­tional trio Dwayne Am­bus­ley, Dino Wil­liams and Al­lan Ottey for the visit of the strug­gling Har­bour View while the Maver­leyHugh­en­den ver­sus Boys’ Town matchup should be an in­ter­est­ing af­fair.

TO­DAY’S GAMES:

3 p.m: Port­more United vs Hum­ble Lion – Juici Park, Claren­don 3:30 p.m: UWI FC vs Ar­nett Gardens – UWI Bowl, Mona 3:30 p.m: Ja­malco vs Reno – Wem­b­ley Cen­tre Ex­cel­lence 3:30 p.m: Mon­tego Bay United vs Har­bour View – We­spow Park 3:30 p.m: Maver­leyHugh­en­den vs Boys’ Town – Con­stant Spring Com­plex 3:30 p.m: Water­house vs Tivoli Gardens – Drewsland Sta­dium

POINTS STAND­ING

PWDLGFGAGDPts Hum­ble Lion 5 4 0 1 6 2 4 12 Ar­nett 5 3 1 1 5 2 3 10 UWI FC 5 3 1 1 4 4 0 10 Ja­malco 5 3 0 2 9 4 5 9 MoBay United 5 3 0 2 7 2 5 9 Tivoli 5 2 1 2 6 4 2 7 Port­more 5 2 1 2 4 5 -1 7 Reno 5 2 1 2 2 3 -1 7 Maverly-Hug 5 1 3 1 6 6 0 6 Boys’ Town 5 1 0 4 4 8 -4 3 Water­house 5 1 0 4 3 7 -4 3 H.View 5 1 0 4 2 8 -6 3

SE­NIOR PLAY­ERS JOHN­SON

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