Portmore riding high in the RSPL
Riding high in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL), runaway leaders Portmore United are keeping a comfortable distance between themselves and the other teams.
Portmore's coach Shavar Thomas said that the other 11 teams in the league will have to play catch up with his outfit sitting on top with 53 points from 25 games in the preliminary stage.
Last season's champions Arnett Gardens come next on 44 points from 23 games. However, Arnett are away participating in the CFU Champions League. Cavalier are in third position with 38 points, followed by Tivoli Gardens (37), Waterhouse (33) and the University of the West Indies (32) as the teams in the top-six play-off spots in the hunt for the league title.
With eight games remaining in the preliminary stage, Portmore are just one win away from securing a top-six spot.
Portmore are scheduled to leave the island next month for the Champions League group stage in the Dominican Republic. That means they will have a week's break away from the RSPL.
"It is good that we have put points on the board because we know that we have a break coming up. All the teams that are behind us would have to come and play catch up. They have to play their games, but we have already put our points on the board," Thomas told STAR Sports, following his team's 2-1 win against Tivoli on Wednesday.
"At the same time, it is good for the confidence of our players going into an international competition, (getting) those points and wins are really good for us," said the former Reggae Boyz captain.
"We have a good squad and they come out and play every day, so when players are called upon for national duties, others can step in. Everybody takes the opportunity when it comes and that is good for our team," he concluded.