Cavalier, Portmore end goalless at Stadium East
Ten-man Portmore United and Cavalier SC battled to a dull 0-0 draw in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) first leg semi-final yesterday at Stadium East.
Portmore's central defender Andre Dyce picked up a second yellow card in the 70th minute and was ejected by FIFA referee Daneon Parchment.
Now the teams will have all to play for in the decisive second leg next Sunday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
Both teams were cautious, and produced few goal-scoring chances. However, Cavalier were a bit unlucky as they got the better opportunities. In the closing moment, Nicholas Hamilton of Cavalier hit the post with his shot from just inside the area.
In tonight's first leg semi-final, a massive turnout is expected for the match featuring defending RSPL champions, Arnett Gardens, against a rejuvenated Waterhouse team at Drewsland Stadium. Match time is 8:35.
Having not won since late January, Arnett need to start winning now. While Waterhouse are peaking at the right time.
Coach of Arnett, Jerome 'Jerry' Waite, said that he is not worried by his team not winning in the last 10 games, since the club returned from the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship group stage.
"We are not worried by stats. You know that Arnett Gardens is the only team that when it comes to the semi-finals it is a different thing. Our offence on any given day can deliver. Fabian Reid is the second highest goalscorer in the league. We also have Jason Moore, who has scored back-to-back goals. We have overall about 15 players scoring, so that is a good spread for the team," Waite told STAR Sports during the RSPL press conference last Thursday at the Jamaica Football Federation headquarters.
"The Arnett Gardens team has been playing in spurts. Nevertheless, we are in the semi-finals and looking forward to an exciting contest. Waterhouse team is doing well under coach Donovan Duckie and have great momentum, but Arnett is not too worried about poor form. This is a knockout, so it will be about the team that wants it more on the day," Waite shared.
Akeno Morgan, assistant coach of Waterhouse, says his team is ready for the big game.
"Once you have a game with these two teams, it is always massive. Come Monday night, we expect a massive game, so come out for some good football. The team has been working hard and growing in strength and confidence. We have to be mentally tough and focused throughout the game. We have to be decisive and clinical whenever we get our chances," Morgan said.
"Cardel Benbow picked up an injury after scoring against Harbour View. Now, we are awaiting the doctor's assessment of the player. At this time, he is the only doubt," Morgan said.