We can repeat Tivoli feat - 'Messi' Marsh
On Sunday evening, Cavalier SC captain Chevone 'Messi' Marsh was still a man confident that his team would advance to the final of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) by overcoming favourites Portmore United on their home turf. Cavalier were held at home by a determined 10-man Portmore, but it was a game Cavalier should have won, having missed two glorious opportunities to make home advantage count.
"Of course there were two crucial chances, but the opportunity is not lost, as we still have another 90 minutes of football to play. Well, maybe it was nerves as both chances came to two very young players, but we just have to look forward to the next leg," Marsh reflected.
Portmore United lost Maalique Foster to injury during the game and also finished with 10 players. Marsh believed his team should have capitalised on these factors but insisted his team should not dwell on what they can no longer have an impact on.
"Definitely, we should have made them pay, but we cannot dwell on what has already passed. Yes, Foster is a big miss and maybe we should have pressed them more after the red card. It is a result with which I am pleased, as both teams played good aggressive football at both ends of the pitch and it was a good game for both teams," he said.
Nevertheless, after a goalless home draw, the midfielder is confident his team can do what they did against Tivoli Gardens and advance to the finals.
"Well, home advantage doesn't mean much to us as you have seen in the previous round against Tivoli Gardens," Marsh explained. "Our home game ended goalless and we went on their home turf and dominated, coming out victorious. I am confident we can go to Portmore's home ground and repeat such an effort and progress to the final."
Although Cavalier have pulled off such an effort in the previous round, Marsh said the confidence within his team is coming from the coaching staff, who have shown them that they can make a name for themselves on such a stage, and get the attention needed to progress as footballers, whether with the national team or in attracting clubs from overseas.
"It comes down to the coaching staff and what they have done and invested in us. They have shown us that we are fighting to make careers and names for ourselves, and these are the moments that we must seize to make our mark with the national coaches and anyone else who might be scouting us. Such advice keeps us honest and makes us want to prove ourselves as some of the best in the country," explained the former Calabar man.
The midfielder has not been at his noticeable best over the past few games. However, he made light of such an observation by putting it down to a change in tactics and roles for him with how his team has been playing recently, as a very solid unit.
"Well it's just down to a different tactical set up by the coaches and the instructions they have given me to go out and execute. I have a more stay at home role now, to look after my team. So I am just listening to the instructions the coach has given to me, and I'm just trying to adapt to the role, while executing those instructions on the pitch," he said.