Wednesday 11 December, 2019

MoBay United's relegation from RSPL to be confirmed today

Montego Bay United's relegation from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) will be confirmed in another few hours following the playing of the final set of matches in the preliminary round.

At the end of the preliminary round,  the top two teams on points will advance straight to the semi-finals; while third to sixth place will enter into a playoff for the other two semi-final spots. The top team at the end of the preliminary round will also win a $1 million. And the bottom two teams will be relegated.

Reno were relegated on March 14 and it will take a brave person to back the survival of former champions Montego Bay United when they travel to Waterhouse FC.

All games will start at 3:30 pm.

Montego Bay United are in 11th position on 30 points and can only surpass the promoted Dunbeholden FC (33 points) on goal difference in order to survive.  However, Montego Bay United, which appear to have lost their will to fight, need to beat the very tough Waterhouse and hope that Dunbeholden FC lose their away game against Portmore United. But with Montego Bay having a goal difference of minus 23 compared to Dunbeholden FC's minus seven, relegation looks a certainty for the four-time champion.

Meanwhile, second-place Waterhouse will have a lot to play for as the second spot for automatic qualification into the semi-final is up for grabs. Waterhouse cannot afford to drop any points as the only other team which is in contention for the automatic semi-final spot -  promoted Mount Pleasant Football Academy - are only two points behind into third spot.

Mount Pleasant Football Academy will play away to the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC at the Mona Bowl.

The six teams that will remain in the competition following Wednesday's set of matches have already secured their spots. They are preliminary round winners and automatic semi-finalist Portmore United (60 points), which have also secured the $1m bonus, Waterhouse (56), Mount Pleasant Football Academy (54), Cavalier (50), Arnett Gardens (45) and UWI FC (43).

WEDNESDAY'S MATCHES (All start at 3:30 pm)

Arnett Gardens vs Harbour View at Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex
Cavalier vs Tivoli Gardens at Stadium East
Reno vs Humble Lion at Frome Sports Complex
Portmore United vs Dunbeholden at Spanish Town Prison Oval
UWI vs Mount Pleasant Football Academy at Mona Bowl
Waterhouse vs Montego Bay United at Drewsland

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