UWI FC seek sixth straight win

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Marc Stamp Gleaner Writer

UWI FC are on a roll fol­low­ing five con­sec­u­tive wins in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL). To­day, the league lead­ers will seek a sixth con­sec­u­tive win when they face lowly Har­bour View FC at the UWI Bowl.

Last Thurs­day, UWI FC whipped bot­tom­placed team Boys’ Town 4-0 and im­proved to 19 points. They are highly favoured to pull off an­other home win against Har­bour View, who are sit­ting in an un­fa­mil­iar 11th po­si­tion in the 12-team ta­ble.

Goal­keeper Amal Knight, the team’s vice­cap­tain, says that his team is very up­beat at this time.

“We had some aims and ob­jec­tives. One was to get a cer­tain amount of points in the first round of the com­pe­ti­tion, which we have achieved. Now, we want to con­tinue the mo­men­tum,” Knight dis­closed dur­ing the RSPL weekly press con­fer­ence yes­ter­day at Red Stripe, Span­ish Town Road.

Knight spoke of the team’s ti­tle am­bi­tion in only their sec­ond sea­son in top-flight com­pe­ti­tion.

“Last sea­son, we missed out by a point for a spot in the semi-fi­nals. This sea­son, we aim to do bet­ter. We were beaten 5-0 by Har­bour View last sea­son and that was hu­mil­i­at­ing. Har­bour View are at the bot­tom of the lad­der, but we don’t want to get com­pla­cent. We want to fo­cus on our­selves and won’t take them lightly,” Knight added.

Knight apart, the Mar­cel Gayle-coached UWI will rely on cap­tain and the com­pe­ti­tion’s lead­ing goalscorer Rochane Smith, who is on six goals, Dawyne Smith and An­thony Green­land.

Mean­while, Har­bour View’s head coach Lud­low Bernard is brac­ing for a tough away game.

“We are an­tic­i­pat­ing a very good game against UWI on Sun­day. We had a very good game against Hum­ble Lion that ended 1-1 last Thurs­day night, so we want to win this game as most of our points have been earned on the road,” Bernard said on Fri­day.

Har­bour View will look to play­ers such as John-Ross Ed­wards, Hugh Evans, An­dre Mes­sam and Ni­cholas Beck­ett to stop UWI.

TO­DAY’S MATCHES

3 p.m: Ja­malco vs Hum­ble Lion at Wem­b­ley Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence

3 p.m: Port­more United vs Mon­tego Bay United at Span­ish Town Prison Oval

3 p.m: Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den vs Ar­nett Gar­dens at Con­stant Spring

3 p.m: Tivoli Gar­dens vs FC Reno at Ed­ward Seaga Com­plex

3 p.m: UWI FC vs Har­bour View at UWI Bowl

3 p.m: Water­house vs Boys’ Town at Drewsland Sta­dium

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UWI FC goal­keeper Amal Knight.

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