Cougars confident of another win
Devonshire Cougars' skipper Chris Caisey jr is cautiously optimistic his side can come away with maximum points when they host Southampton Rangers on Sunday.
The two teams got their respective campaigns off to a winning start with Rangers being the biggest victors of the opening week thanks to Ezekiel Stoneham's hat-trick in a 5-0 demolition of St David's.
Cougars, in comparison, were sluggish in their match against Flanagan's Onions but managed to get away with a 1-0 win to kick-start their title defence.
Although the performance was criticised by some, the Big Cats' midfielder believes the final result was more important than anything else.
“Last week we weren't at our best but that's credit to our opposition and the fact it was the first match of the season.” said Caisey.
“You can't expect to go out each week and play your best brand of football . . . the main thing is not to lose, get at least a point each time you step onto the field.
“We did enough to get the points and will look to this week to start getting our performances up to par.”
The pair are known foes, having played each other five times last season. Cougars came out victorious on each occasion.
Caisey is well aware that as defending champions his team will be the target of every side in the Premier Division.
“We have to take each game seriously because we know teams are coming for us because of what we accomplished last season. So we have to work even harder than last year.
“We are the most wanted team on the Island. Last week we played as a well organised, physical team and we handled the game really well.
“With that experience is the bag, Sunday should be a really interesting game between two sides that will want to play the ball.”
Elsewhere in top flight action, North Village welcome Flanagan's Onions to Bernard Park, while PHC host Dandy Town at Southampton Oval.
Hamilton Parish will look to continue their winnings ways when they clash with Wolves at Wellington Oval, and Lords is the venue for Somerset Trojans' visit to St David's.
In the First Division, Robin Hood host Boulevard on Saturday night at Goose Gosling Field, with kick-off set for 9pm.
On Sunday, Young Men's Social Club play Paget at Bernard Park, Devonshire Colts lock horns with Ireland Rangers at Police Field, and BAA travel to Wellington Oval to play St George's.
Somerset Eagles make the trek to Garrison Field to play X'Roads.
All Premier Division matches start at 3pm, while First Division games kick off at 12.30pm.