'Porridge' looking for consistency

February 03, 2018
Portmore United goalkeeper Kemar 'Porridge' Foster (right) latches on to an aerial ball, preventing a header from Harbour View FC's Donovan Edwards during a FLOW Champions Cup match at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Thursday October 3, 2013.

The word porridge is often associated with being 'soft' in the Jamaican context. But former national under-20 goalkeeper Kemar 'Porridge' Foster is as tough as they come.

After missing more than two years of football with a broken leg he suffered in 2015, the former national under-20 shot-stopper is nearing his best again, after starring in Portmore United's 2-1 win over Tivoli Gardens at the Edward Seaga Complex on Wednesday in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).

Foster was outstanding between the sticks and was the main reason Portmore got a result, after he produced three outstanding second-half saves.

Howard Morris was the first to break away, but Foster parried his powerful volley from 12 yards for a corner. Minutes later, Junior McGregor cut in from the left and unleashed a ferocious shot but Foster was again equal to the task.

Then, after teammate Michael Binns gave them a 2-1 lead, Foster had to be alert to tip McGregor's deflected free kick over the bar. For the 25-year-old, it was his best performance since returning from injury.

NATIONAL CAREER

He told Star Sports that he has ambitions this season of claiming the number one spot at Portmore from Shaven Sean-Paul, reviving his international career and becoming the best goalkeeper in the league.

"I was out with a broken leg for three years. I started back last season but I only got a few games because it kept on acting up. But this year it is going good, and I am just putting in the work," he said.

"I am definitely feeling good about myself again. This is my third game this season and it has been good. I am getting back to form and every game is special because I want to keep a clean sheet.

"Even though I didn't get one today, I put up a good performance for the team and for myself and this game is the best for me so far. It is a work in progress and I just have to take the positives and move forward. But my confidence is returning day by day," he added.

Foster was first choice over Paul during their time together at the national under-20 level, and though the injury was a big setback, he feels good about himself again and warns current Portmore number one, Paul, that if he slips up he will be waiting to take advantage.

"Shaven has been working well. I have to be working and pushing him to see if I can step above him. I know he sees (my improvement), and he knows if he doesn't shape up, I will eat his food," he declared.

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