Prepared for tough game Former leaders Portmore United could find themselves overtaken by Humble Lion when the two meet today in the Red Stripe Premier League at Effortville Community Centre. Portmore United currently sit second in the table on 31 points, two behind leaders Montego Bay United and three ahead of Humble Lion. Normally, the visitors would be favoured to win, but they are on a two-game losing streak, losing 2-1 to 10th-placed Cavalier SC and 3-0 to seventh-placed Boys’ Town at the Juici Park field. This form should convince the Humble Lion players and fans that they have a good chance, especially at home. “We lost some points that we didn’t bargain for ourselves, and they are coming off two straight losses, but we will not be fooled by that. “They will be coming to up the tempo against us, and even with those losses, we would be prepared for a tough game from them,” Vassell Reynolds, coach of Humble Lion said of today’s big clash. He added: “On paper, it is a Clarendon derby, as we are based in Clarendon and a large percentage of the Portmore United players are based in the parish. With that situation, neither team needs anything more to motivate the players.” Leading up to this game, Reynolds said his players trained well with a lot of emphasis on the mental aspects of the game. “We did a lot on the mental side, which will be key to the outcome of this game. “Wolry Wolfe has been leading the charge for us and others like Levaughn Williams, Ricardo Cousins, Devon Hodges, and FranÁois Swaby are also capable of delivering for us. Once we can get them to join the likes of Wolfe and Andrew Vanzie, in terms of performance and leadership, we will be fine,” the positive Reynolds said. As far as Portmore United’s Clive Marshall is concerned, the main focus for his team is to improve on their last two performances and return to their productive ways. Nothing else matters. “This game is more like a derby, given tradition and history, but we are not looking at it like that. We are looking at improving on our last two results and returning to winning ways,” manager Marshall said. According to Marshall, there is no time for making excuses about why they lost and the manner in which they lost. It was time taking responsibility and putting measures in place to correct the mistakes and not repeating them. While Jovan East has been the most consistent in front of goal this season and Ewan Grandison in one of the most experienced, Marshall said getting back to winning ways was not up to one or two players but the entire team. “We have a young team, but if the more experienced players provide the leadership and the other players respond in a similar way then we will be OK, but it has to be a team effort,” declared Marshall. At Barbican Stadium Boys’ Town will be looking to follow up their big win over Portmore United with a victory over the stabilising UWIFC while Cavalier can keep themselves out of the relegation zone with a win over Waterhouse. Today’s games: 3 p.m: Boys’ Town vs UWI FC – Barbican Stadium 5 p.m: Cavalier vs Waterhouse – Stadium East 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Portmore United – Effortville Community Centre 3 p.m: Reno vs Rivoli United – Frome Complex 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett Gardens – Edward Seaga Complex Tomorrow’s game: 8:40 p.m: Harbour View vs Montego Bay United – Harbour View Stadium Points standing P W D L GF GA GD O Pts MoBay United 17 9 6 2 29 11 18 33 Portmore 17 9 4 4 18 14 4 31 Arnett 17 9 2 6 24 13 11 29 Humble Lion FC 17 7 7 3 14 11 3 28 H.View 17 6 6 5 18 18 0 24 Reno 17 5 7 5 17 19 -2 22 Boys’ Town 17 6 4 7 19 22 -3 22 UWI FC 17 6 4 7 16 23 -7 22 Tivoli 17 5 4 8 21 23 -2 19 Cavalier 17 4 5 8 7 14 -7 17 Rivoli 17 4 4 9 19 25 -6 16 Waterhouse 17 3 5 9 13 22 -9 14
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The Redskins play Tampa Bay (11-5) in an NFC wild-card game Saturday in their first playoff game since losing 14-13 to the Buccaneers in a second-round matchup six years ago. Just as it did against the Eagles, Washington relied heavily on its running game behind Portis and a strong defense to turn things around after losing three straight to fall to 5-6. “The basics start with playing smart football, not turning it over and also running the football and playing solid defense,” quarterback Mark Brunell said. “That’s how you win. We’ve been doing those things. The first part of the year we weren’t.” Mike McMahon threw two touchdown passes to Reggie Brown as Philadelphia (6-10) completed its first losing season since ’99 after reaching the Super Bowl last February. “We’ll go back through and look at all of it,” coach Andy Reid said. “We’ve got to look at ourselves first, if we’re putting guys in the right position to make plays and did they make the plays.” PHILADELPHIA – Going back to the basics put Joe Gibbs and the Washington Redskins back in the playoffs. Clinton Portis ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Redskins to a hard-fought 31-20 victory over the woeful Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Washington (10-6) clinched the NFL’s final playoff spot and its first postseason berth since 1999 with its fifth straight win. The victory also eliminated Dallas from contention. “Looking back to 5-6, we talked at that time that if we lost another game we’d be out,” Gibbs said. “Trying to win five straight is a tough deal, but our guys seemed to understand what it would take. We went back to the basics.” McMahon, who struggled in his six starts for the injured Donovan McNabb, made a crucial mistake in the fourth quarter. His poorly thrown pass was tipped and intercepted by linebacker Lemar Marshall, putting the ball at the Eagles 22. On the next play, Portis completely spun around to elude a tackle in the backfield, cut to the left and sprinted down the sideline into the end zone to give the Redskins a 24-20 lead. “That play was designed to lose two yards,” Portis said. “I spun around a guy and it was clear from there.” The Eagles drove to the Redskins 38 on the ensuing drive, but McMahon fumbled and Joe Salave’a fell on it. Koy Detmer replaced McMahon on the next series, but didn’t fare any better. Sean Taylor sealed the victory by returning a fumble 39 yards for a score after Phillip Daniels knocked the ball away from Detmer. Gibbs led the Redskins to three Super Bowl titles during his first stint in Washington from 1981-92. His first season back after a 12-year retirement was a flop, with the Redskins going 6-10 last year. However, Gibbs made the necessary adjustments after hearing critics say the game had passed by him. “I was starting all over,” Gibbs said. “It’s a tough road up here and last year, for whatever reason, I probably deserved it (the criticism).” For the depleted Eagles, it was a fitting end to a miserable season. With McNabb and several other key starters sidelined by injuries and Terrell Owens banished from the team, Philadelphia was undermanned and overmatched. Only 10 players who started in the Eagles’ 24-21 loss to New England in the Super Bowl were on the field against the Redskins. “If you give me everybody we had, everybody stays healthy, none of the stuff goes on, we’re talking about a different situation right now,” safety Brian Dawkins said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!