Bodles, Portmore hunt Sutherland KO title
Bodles coach Devon Brown says his team will fight to the end but intend to enjoy themselves when they go up against parish giants Portmore United in the Happy Sutherland knockout final at the Spanish Town Prison Oval tomorrow at 6 p.m.
However, Portmore's coach, Jeffrey Hewitt, is confident of reclaiming the title, although he respects the chances of their Major League opponents.
Bodles came from 2-0 down to clip Royal Lakes 3-2 in extra period in their semi-final. Orville Mullings fired Royal Lakes in front after 11 minutes, before Chedden Minnott made it 2-0. However, Andrew McIntosh pulled one back from the penalty spot for Bodles in the 68th minute, before adding the equalising goal four minutes later. Four minutes into extra time, Rajay Gordon found the winner for the Old Harbour-based team.
"We want to reach the final of every competition we play this season, and we are in this (Happy Sutherland) final, and we are almost in the (Major League) mid-season final. So we are on course to achieving our target," Brown told STAR Sports.
"Against Portmore, we will fight from start to finish. We will have to work harder than usual, and so we must be more disciplined," he said.
Portmore United avenged last season's semi-final defeat to parish rivals Rivoli after a
2-0 win in the other semi-final. Fabian Gordon's own goal four minutes into the contest gave Portmore the lead before star striker Javon East sealed the win on 20 minutes.
"It's a final; we don't know what to expect. Bodles must have some quality to reach this far. But we are very optimistic, and once we turn up and perform to our optimal, we will be good," Hewitt said.
He added: "This is the perfect platform to get our first silverware of the season. But we are not taking them lightly, because to reach this far, they beat some quality opposition, so we are going to play from start to end so we can become winners."