Relegated Brigade - Boys' Town booted from RSPL

February 19, 2018
Michael Campbell (left) from Boys' Town and Roberto Johnson (right) from Portmore United challenge for the ball during a recent Red Stripe Premier League football match at the Spanish Town Prison Oval. Boys' Town were relegated after losing 0-2.

Boys' Town have been dumped from the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) after going down 0-2 to Portmore United at Prison Oval in Spanish Town yesterday.

The Red Brigade's fate was decided when Humble Lion edged Harbour View 1-0 at Harbour View Stadium in a late encounter. Craig Foster scored the winner in the 90th minute for the Lions.

Humble Lion remained in tenth position but pushed on to 33 points, while Boys' Town are rooted in last place on 17 points. That means, with five games remaining in the preliminary stage, Boys' Town cannot surpass Humble Lion.

Boys' Town will play in the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) Super League next season after 13 seasons in the top flight.

Meanwhile, Arnett Gardens will look for a first win since the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship group stage in Trinidad and Tobago.




Coach of Arnett Gardens, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite said his team will look to get back on track when they face the University of the West Indies (UWI) at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex tonight, starting at 8:30 p.m.

After their CFU final phase qualification, Arnett returned from Trinidad and Tobago and picked up only a point in the last two games. The Junglists finished in a 1-1 draw against Humble Lion then went down 2-1 to Boys' Town a week ago.

Arnett are in second position on 45 points, behind leaders Portmore United (56). The Arnett team will have to come away with full points in order to put pressure on Portmore in the race for the $1 million incentive for the team that finishes the preliminary stage on the most points.

"We are back in the island some players got bruises and we have to rest them. We are still looking to rotate the players in order to get them ready for the play-off," Waite told STAR Sports.

Arnett will rely on striker Fabian Reid who is the RSPL's leading marksman on 15 goals, as well as captain Oneil 'Bigga' Thompson, goalkeeper Damian Hyatt, Lennox Russell and Keniel Hyde.

Marcel Gayle, coach of UWI admitted that his team is under pressure.

"It is always pressure and I put pressure on myself every game. Things are not going according to plan but the guys are working hard in training," Gayle said.

UWI's key players include national goalkeeper Amal Knight, Rochane Smith, Ryan Miller, Oshane Jenkins and Girvon Brown.

Yesterday's results

Harbour View 0 Humble Lion 1

Montego Bay 2 Reno 1

Portmore United 2 Boys' Town 0

Sandals South Coast 0 Tivoli Gardens 1

Cavalier SC 1 Waterhouse 1

RSPL Standings

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Portmore 26 17 5 4 54 17 37 56

Arnett 25 11 12 2 45 26 19 45

Tivoli 26 12 7 7 30 19 11 43

Cavalier 28 11 10 7 32 24 8 43

M B U 28 9 10 9 29 31 -2 37

H View 28 10 6 12 22 21 1 36

FC Reno 28 8 12 8 22 24 -2 36

UWI FC 27 9 8 10 29 32 -3 35

Waterhouse 26 7 13 6 22 27 -5 34

H Lion 27 7 12 8 24 26 -2 33

Sandals 28 4 7 17 18 48 -30 19

Boys' Town 28 3 8 17 19 49 -30 17

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