Portmore aim at UWI
PORTMORE United coach Shavar Thomas said he is pleased with how his players have stepped up and kept their winning momentum going in the absence of captain and leader, Ewan Grandison, who has been out for the last six matches.
Portmore, who have chalked up five successive wins, their best run of form this season, face UWI at Prison Oval this afternoon.
Thomas credited their red-hot form without their captain to the players' understanding their roles and the competitive environment in which they prepare.
"We have a group of guys who understand their roles and their responsibility, so when their captain and leader is out, the guys step up and that is the environment we want to build, a competitive one for everybody," he reasoned.
RETURN TO FORM
However, nothing has been more pleasing to the coach than to see a return to form this season of striker Javon East, who had an outstanding breakout season in 2015/2016.
Since the start of this campaign, the 22-year-old has slowly rediscovered his form and is one of the league's joint top scorers, along with Reno's Craig Foster, on 10 goals.
"He is one of the guys we put a lot of responsibility on to lead our team and our offence. He works very hard. After practice, he gets in front of goal and work on finishing and free-kicks.
"He is reaping benefits so it is no surprise seeing him put up the numbers he has put up. It's just a credit to the hard work he is putting in. When someone is focused, nothing comes as a surprise and he is one player who is really focus," Thomas pointed out.
Portmore are looking to end the year with a sixth straight win.
"The mindset is to finish on a high and end the year well. We want three points and to win the game comfortably. Next year, we will have fixture congestion with CONCACAF Champions Cup, St Catherine knockout and Premier League. We have a lot of games ahead of us, so we want to finish solid and look forward to the new year," Thomas added.
Portmore lead the standings with 37 points, followed by unbeaten Arnett Gardens with 35. Tivoli are next on 29, UWI and Cavalier with 24 each. Waterhouse and MoBay are next on 20 apiece.
Boys Town Arnett at Barbican at 3 p.m.
MoBay vs Cavalier at Wespow Park at 3 p.m.
Portmore vs UWI at Prison Oval at 3 p.m.
Sandals vs Humble Lion at Frome at 3 p.m.
Tivoli vs Reno at Edward Seaga Complex at 3 p.m.