Portmore banking on home advantage
Portmore United coach, Shavar Thomas, says his team will be banking on home support to eliminate the youthful Cavalier aggregation and advance to their third consecutive Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final.
Both teams battled to a 0-0 draw in the RSPL first leg semi-final at Stadium East last Sunday. Now, the stage is set for an epic battle in the decisive leg on Sunday at the Spanish Town Prison Oval.
"We are very confident as we have been the most consistent team, it has been a hard season and the players have stayed focused," Thomas told STAR Sports at the RSPL press conference yesterday at the Jamaica Football Federation headquarters.
"We will put everything out there from the start of the game and hope we can advance to the final. I take that 0-0 game at Stadium East as a plus because we played with 10 men in the closing minutes of the game," Thomas shared.
"In addition, we have not played Cavalier on our home turf as yet. This will be the first time at Spanish Town Prison Oval this season. In our first game we met Cavalier in a double header at Arnett Gardens. Then we met on the other three occasions at Stadium East," he pointed out.
"It will be new for them (Cavalier) and we are banking on going out there and putting them under pressure from the opening whistle," Thomas insisted.
Meanwhile, influential striker Maalique Foster, who sustained an injury during the first leg, is being assessed daily.
"We are nursing him but I don't think that he will return to full fitness come Sunday. We are assessing him and will see whether he can take part, if not we have other players that have come up trumps for us, so we believe that they can do it. We have confidence in the group," Thomas concluded.