Porter stars for BT in 1-1 draw
Sunday's Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) clash between the seasoned Boys' Town and the promoted Maverley-Hughenden ended 1-1 to leave each team on equal footing but there was one man who had no equal.
Kirk Porter, the Boys' Town goalkeeper, was peerless as he stood head and shoulders above all else. Despite conceding a penalty to substitute Philip Peddie, he was faultless for the entire 90 minutes. The veteran Michael Campbell scored for Boys' Town in the third minute.
Porter's reading of the game, command of his area, ball handling, catching, and anticipation were flawless throughout. So flawless was he that when his defence, marshalled by Dameion Benjamin, was breached, the alert Porter mopped up. As he did in the closing stages of the second half to deny Rodico Wellington and company as Boys' Town hung on for the point.
"The team lapsed in the last 15 minutes, but I know that as a senior player I would have had to dig in and that is what I did," Porter said, at the end of the game, which saw them lose their leading goalscorer Shamar Nicholson who was struck in the groin by the opposing goalkeeper.
Porter's assessment of his performance was a humble one as he did much more than that. He was like a man reborn.
"To be honest, the coach and the other players have been saying to me that the hard work that I have been putting in has been paying off and I am really seeing it," said the 40-year-old, who takes the title of the oldest active player in the league over Tivoli Gardens' Edsel Scott by a few months.
"The saying life begins at 40 is probably true for me, I am just getting ready," said the former Tivoli Gardens goalkeeper who looks at least 10 years younger.
For the man who is in his third decade of service to the club having started 23 years ago when he played alongside current coach Andrew Price, only his body and poor performance will call time on his career.
"To be honest, it is the body that will tell me how much longer I will go, but I am enjoying it, I must tell you. I will have a little break in a few months though as I will be going overseas to visit my wife and children. That is where I live now but the coach understands and we just have to make sure that there is a good replacement for me until I return." the colourful goalkeeper said.