Spot­light on Claren­don ‘derby’

Jamaica Gleaner - - FRONT PAGE - Nod­ley Wright Gleaner Writer

WHILE ALL the other Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clubs are look­ing up at de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Mon­tego Bay United at the top of the ta­ble, most eyes will be fo­cused on the cen­tral parish of Claren­don, where the best of that parish, Hum­ble Lion, and for­mer cham­pi­ons Port­more United will meet in their se­cond ‘derby’ for the sea­son.

Both the host team, Hum­ble Lion, and the vis­i­tors, Port­more United, have had brief stints at the top, only to fall off, but a vic­tory to­day for ei­ther team will en­hance the chances of get­ting back there. Of the two, Port­more United had the most re­cent stay and only found them­selves top­pled last week when they suf­fered an un­ex­pected 1-0 loss to Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den. An­other loss would be a most un­wel­come re­sult, ac­cord­ing to assistant coach Len­worth Hyde.

“We were at the top, lost a game and now we find our­selves in fourth. We can­not lose an­other game as we would fall off the pace,” said Hyde, the only man to have guided three sep­a­rate teams to the Premier League ti­tle. The game it­self, he said, is a re­ally big one. “This is def­i­nitely a big, big game. Both of us are vy­ing for the lead­er­ship of the league. The last time we played them, we drew, so we are pretty even now. We just have to go out there well con­cen­trated and ex­e­cute our plan,” Hyde added.

While they have been hav­ing good re­sults, bar the loss to Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den, Port­more United have not been scor­ing freely and have only scored once in each of their last two vic­to­ries. To ad­dress this prob­lem, Hyde said they have changed things up a bit. De­spite the changes, Tre­maine Ste­wart and Ri­cardo Mor­ris should still be their key men.

For Hum­ble Lion’s Dono­van Duckie, this game will be just like any other but with a bit more un­der­neath. MoBay U UWI FC Hum­ble Lion Port­more Tivoli Ar­nett Reno H.View Maverly Water­house Ja­malco Boys’Town

POINTS STAND­ING

P

W12 8 12 7 12 6 12 6 12 6 12 5 12 4 12 4 12 2 12 3 12 3 12 2 D

1 2 3 3 2 3 4 3 7 2 1 1 L

3 3 3 3 4 4 4 5 3 7 8 9 GF GA GD

15 16 14 11 15 13 11 11 12 10 13 11

ONE FOR THE SPEC­TA­TORS

7 11 8 9 10 11 11 13 15 14 18 25 Pts

8 25 5 23 6 21 2 21 5 20 2 18 0 16 -2 15 -3 13 -4 11 -5 10 -14 7

“It is just an­other game for us, but the psy­chol­ogy says it is a derby game. The foun­da­tion of Port­more United is here in Claren­don, so they have some his­tory here and this will play a part in mak­ing the matchup more at­trac­tive. Also, most of the play­ers know each other very well and there is a lot of his­tory be­tween them,” Duckie ex­plained.

“This game will be one for the spec­ta­tors as it will be two qual­ity teams on the pitch. I have a lot of re­spect for the coach­ing staff of Port­more United,” added Duckie, who also had a stint at Port­more United.

Wolry Wolfe and An­drew Vanzie, both for­mer Port­more United stars, will be two of the key men for Hum­ble Lion. They could, how­ever, be af­fected by in­juries to Le­vaughn Wil­liams and Jer­maine Chris­tian. The two face fit­ness tests ahead of to­day’s game.

At the Tony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex, home team Ar­nett Gar­dens should get at least a point off vis­i­tors Reno while UWI FC should be fan­cied to get the bet­ter of Water­house when both teams meet at the UWI Bowl.

For­mer cham­pi­ons Har­bour View have been steady­ing them­selves af­ter a rocky start, but may find lead­ers Mon­tego Bay Port­more United’s Tre­maine Ste­wart

United a bit too tough at this time, while bot­tom-placed Boys’ Town must be hop­ing that light­ning strikes the same place twice as they go for a se­cond win over Tivoli Gar­dens.

Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den are en­joy­ing the greater form of the two pro­moted teams and should be favoured to beat the vis­it­ing Ja­malco.

TO­DAY’S GAMES

3 p.m: UWI FC vs Water­house – UWI Bowl, Mona 3 p.m: Maver­ley-Hugh­en­den vs Ja­malco – Con­stant Spring Com­plex 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs Tivoli Gar­dens – Bar­bican Sta­dium 3 p.m: Hum­ble Lion vs Port­more United – Ef­fortville Com­mu­nity Cen­tre 3 p.m: Ar­nett Gar­dens vs Reno – An­thony Spauld­ing Com­plex 7 p.m: Har­bour View vs Mon­tego Bay United – Har­bour View Sta­dium

JJJJJJHum­ble Lion’s Wolry Wolfe

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