National players' big influence on Portmore season
Portmore United's coach Shavar Thomas said the experience national players Ewan Grandison, Ricardo Morris and goalkeeper Shaven Sean Paul have garnered over the last year with the Reggae Boyz is having a massive effect on the rest of the team and is one reason the Portmore team has started the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) season in such fine form.
The St Catherine-based club started the new campaign brilliantly, scoring 11 goals, while conceding just once in four games.
In their last match away to Waterhouse on Sunday, the influence of Morris and Grandison was evident as they sliced the home team open to register a 5-0 win.
Grandison netted two classic goals, while Morris scored one and made another as Portmore bossed the match and took advantage of Waterhouse going down a man. Javon East also netted twice in the game.
Also between the sticks, 'shotstopper', Paul looked impressive, pulling off a string of fantastic saves to keep the host at bay.
"Their influence has been tremendous. We also have national defender Dicoy Williams, so we have a strong group with players with all the experience to demonstrate to other and it is working so far," Thomas said.
Despite this, however, Thomas is not carried away, but insists it's no surprise as it is a well-seasoned group of players.
"It's still early days and we are still building. Everybody is important and we will build the group as we go along. It's a long way off until the back end of the season, so we are not praising ourselves. It (good start) is expected, they (players) have been to back-to-back finals, so it is a group that is together, they know each other, so this performance is not a surprise," he said.