Tuesday 13 November, 2018

RSPL: Depleted Portmore should prove too strong for Sandals

Portmore United will be trying to protect their slim three-point lead when the 2017-2018 RSPL resumes on Sunday with Match Day 24.

The Shavar Thomas-trained team, which will be without some of its top players, will host second-from-the-bottom and promoted team Sandals South Coast at Prison Oval in Spanish Town.

Both Portmore and Sandals are coming off defeats and Sunday's clash means a lot to the teams.

For Portmore United, the last season's beaten finalists will be out to build back their confidence after they suffered their second defeat in three games last Sunday; while Sandals South Coast need to start winning in order to get out of the relegation zone.

Despite being without Maalique Foster, Javon East, captain Ricardo Morris and their number one goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul, Portmore United (47 points) should easily take care of the struggling Sandals South Coast (16 points), which are fighting relegation along with Boys' Town (14 points).

Portmore United have fallen off track since whipping defending champions Arnett Gardens 5-1 on January 20 for their sixth straight victories.

Since that big victory over Arnett Gardens, Portmore have only picked up three points from a maximum nine in their last three games. During that short period, they suffered a 1-0 away defeat against struggling Harbour View on January 18 and then on January 25 were whipped 3-0 by Cavalier, also an away fixture.

On the other hand, Sandals South Coast only picked up a point in their last three outings. That point came came at home against Montego Bay United (24 points), a team which is also struggling and is just a spot above them in the standings.

The day will feature four of the usual five matches as the fixture between second-place Arnett Gardens (44 points) and fourth-place Tivoli Gardens (37 points) has been cancelled due to the defending champions participation in the Caribbean Club Championship.

Arnett Gardens were scheduled to depart the country on Sunday for Trinidad and Tobago to compete in a four-team, first-round play-off.

Another Jamaican team - Portmore United - will also compete in the Caribbean Club Championship.

SUNDAY'S GAMES
Boys' Town vs Montego Bay United at Barbican Complex at 3:00 pm
Reno vs Waterhouse at Frome Complex at 3:00 pm
Portmore United vs Sandals South Coast at Spanish Town Prison Oval at 3:00 pm
UWI FC vs Humble Lion at UWI Bowl, Mona at 3:00 pm

MONDAY'S GAME
Harbour View vs Cavalier at Harbour View Stadium at 8:35 pm