Friday 23 August, 2019

Teams hunt valuable points as RSPL preliminary round winds down

The hunt for the final two spots to complete the top six teams, which will advance from the preliminary round of the 2018-2019 Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) continues on Sunday with action on Match Day 30.

Three more set of matches will remain in the preliminary round after Sunday’s schedule. 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.

Four teams have already cemented their qualifying spots ahead of Match Day 30. Those teams are defending champions and leaders Portmore United (55 points), Waterhouse (51 points with a game in hand), Mount Pleasant Football Academy  (50 points) and Cavalier (49 points).

The fight for the remaining two spots to complete the top six is among fifth-place University of the West Indies (UWI) FC on 42 points, sixth-place Arnett Gardens (41 points), seventh-place Tivoli Gardens (36 points) and eight-place Humble Lion (31 points).

The top team at the end of the preliminary round is guaranteed a $1 million and Portmore United with an eight-point lead will be trying to secure the reward.

Meanwhile, promoted Mount Pleasant Football Academy and Cavalier will clash in the day’s feature match at Drax Hall in St Ann.

 Both Mount Pleasant, the home team, and Cavalier are aware that the outcome of their match can help their ambitious goal of automatic qualification into the semi-finals.

A victory for either Mount Pleasant or Cavalier will place them close to second-place Waterhouse, which will play the Monday night's fixture against UWI FC at Drewsland.

It will be an interesting duel as Mout Pleasant have won their last five matches, while Cavalier have secured a victory, two draws and two defeats during that period.

SUNDAY'S MATCHES
Dunbeholden vs Reno at Royal Lakes Complex at 3:30 pm
Montego Bay United vs Arnett Gardens at Wespow Park at 3:30 pm
Mount Pleasant Football Academy vs Cavalier Football Club at Draw Hall at 3:30 pm
Harbour View vs Humble Lion at Harbour View Mini Stadium at 7:00 pm
Tivoli Gardens vs Portmore United at Edward Seaga Sports Complex at 7:00 pm

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