Who wants it more? Cavalier, Portmore square-off in big RSPL semi
Surprise package, Cavalier SC will continue their quest for the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) title when they face off against favourites Portmore United in the first leg semi-final, tomorrow at Stadium East, at 6 p.m.
When both teams last met in the preliminary stage on January 21, Cavalier ambushed Portmore 3-0 at Stadium East. However, before that, Portmore won 1-0 on their home turf last September 24, while the other fixture ended 0-0 on November 27, also at Stadium East.
Cavalier's assistant coach, David Laylor, said that his team is ready for a quality Portmore team.
"Coming up against a quality Portmore team, the momentum that our youngsters have going into the semi-final is good for us. The youngsters will play a big part in the contest come Sunday," Laylor said during the RSPL press conference at the Jamaica Football Federation headquarters, yesterday.
"Portmore is a very good team in CONCACAF overall. They have excellent players. However, we intend to give of our best in the semi-final. It will be about the better organised team on the day. The man that wants it more will win," he added.
"We will not divulge our plans, but we will have a plan to counter this Portmore team. Come Sunday, we will see what happens," Laylor reasoned.
Cavalier will look to youthful talent such as captain Chevone 'Messi' Marsh, Alex Marshall, Nicholas Hamilton, Jamoi Topey, Clifton Woodbine, Kamoy Simpson, and goalkeeper David Mitchell.
Coach of Portmore United, Shavar Thomas, said that the big loss to Cavalier in January is behind his team.
"We like to live in the now and not in the past. We can only take charge of what is happening now. In the last game against Cavalier, we picked up a red card which affected the team. It played a big factor in the result," Thomas recounted.
"Right now, we are getting ready for Cavalier. We have been competitive, despite not playing since the preliminary stage ended," he said.
Portmore's key players include their leading marksman Javon East, captain Ewan 'Butter' Grandison, Maalique Foster, Ricardo Morris, Damano Solomon, and Jermie Lynch.