OFFENSIVE BOOST o 3 p.m: Reno FC vs Harbour View – Frome Complex o 3 p.m: Waterhouse vs Boys Town – Drewsland Stadium o 3 p.m: Portmore United vs UWI FC – Prison Oval o 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs Arnett o Gardens – Edward Seaga Sports Complex o 3 p.m: Jamalco vs Humble Lion – Wembley Centre of Excellence o 3 p.m: Montego Bay vs Maverley-Hughenden – Wespow Park/Fairfield It is not often, outside of the end of season scrap to avoid relegation, that a bottom-of-the-table clash highlights the Red Stripe Premier League. Today, though, is one such day even with leaders and defending champions Montego Bay United ready to exact revenge on Maverley-Hughenden for their opening-day defeat. The above situation is largely because Glendon ‘The Admiral’ Bailey has taken charge of the unsteady ship at Waterhouse that is currently sailing in choppy waters. Bailey took charge on Monday last following the separation of the club and previous coach, Marvin Tate, a man who did no worse than a number before him. To most, this encounter against Boys’ Town, the only team in an inferior position to Waterhouse, is tailor-made for ‘The Admiral’ to make his mark, and the man at the helm at Boys’ Town, Andrew Price, understands. “One could not want a better match to steady a ship that is in treacherous waters,” Price said. “They are ahead of us and are playing at home, so these are natural advantages, but I can tell you that this will be no walkover,” the man, who himself could pass for a military figure, said. For this their second meeting, Price said his team will have even more ammunition and experienced fighters. Today’s Games “We did not have Michael Campbell in our first meeting and his experience and leadership will help us offensively. Defensively, we needed more experience, and the return of Wayne Ellis will help in that regard,” explained Price, who also added that the more experienced Leon Goffe will replace the teenaged Shavon Wilson in goal. Campbell should provide support for the competition’s leading scorer, Shamar Nicholson, in attack, while Xavian Virgo and Daemion Benjamin should provide stability. While Price was very open about his team and the plans heading into today’s battle, not a word has been heard out of ‘The Admiral’ since his appointment. Calls to his phone have gone unanswered. With no new talent at his disposal and with the second transfer window not opening until January 2, 2017, among the players who should feature are midfielder Romario Campbell, Kemar Beckford, the exciting, young forward, Rodave Murray, and Jermain ‘Tuffy’ Anderson, if he decides to use him. At the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, Tivoli Gardens should be given the edge over their big rivals if they are able to keep all their players on the field, with Jermaine Johnson and Elton Thompson being their major threats. Second-placed UWI FC would do well to reverse their first-round loss to Portmore United and maintain their superior position in the league. Jamalco stopped their slide last week with a win over fellow promoted team Maverley-Hughenden, but their more seasoned neighbours, Humble Lion, will not want to lose a second successive match having lost to Portmore United last week. Montego Bay United have found their form and should be favoured to show the visitors championship football, while the Reno-Harbour View game could go either way.
Neil Warnock has warned Liverpool they will have to give in to Raheem Sterling’s wage demands if they want to keep him at Anfield.Contract talks between the club and the 20-year-old are currently on hold after the forward reportedly turned down improved terms of £180,000 a week.He still has two years to run on his current deal, but there are fears among the fans on Merseyside that he may decide to quit the club and join a Premier League rival that is prepared to meet his demands, or head abroad to the likes of Barcelona or Real Madrid.And Warnock admits the Reds are on the back foot when it comes to negotiations.The former QPR and Crystal Palace boss told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “I don’t think they [Sterling and his advisers] have decided where he’s going to go yet, but because he’s in the driving seat – players are always in the driving seat when they’re as good as Sterling – the agents will know if they don’t rush into anything, the longer it goes on the more power they have, and more the situation becomes ‘pay up or let him go’.“You can’t do much about it as a manager. All you can do is tell him it’s the best thing for him and for his career to stay at the club, and all that bull we all come out with but, at the end of the day, it all comes down to money and to the opportunity [available to him].“I’m sure they don’t want him to go. You can’t get players like that, you just can’t find them without spending multi-millions, so you’ve got to try to keep him.“But at the end of the day it’s up to the club, and they will have to come up with more money than they think he’s worth at the moment.“They talk about age and say you can’t give young lads too much money at that age and things like that, but this is a new world and if you don’t give them the money, they’re off.”