Final face off - Portmore, Waterhouse showdown for RSPL title
The Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) final is highly expected to be a mouth-watering clash between Portmore United and Waterhouse on Monday night at the National Stadium at 8:35 p.m.
Portmore will be entering their third straight final, after losing to Montego Bay United in 2016 and Arnett Gardens last year. They have been the most consistent team this season and captured the regular season title after dominating the preliminary stage.
They have quality players who have represented Jamaica at junior and senior levels. Their national players such as top marksman Jovan East, Maalique Foster, and Ricardo Morris are expected to get support from captain Ewan 'Butter' Grandison, Damano Solomon and Roberto Johnson.
Waterhouse started the season struggling but have been on the rise, moving from 11th position since Donovan Duckie replaced Glendon 'Admiral' Bailey as head coach.
They are in an upbeat mood and hungry to win the title for the technical staff, community and management. National representative Shawn Lawes, Ricardo Thomas and Cardel Benbow are all having a wonderful season alongside Kemar 'Bushy' Beckford, Andre McFarlane, Carlos Barrett, Diego Haughton, Tremaine Stewart and Keithy Simpson.
Although Portmore have won two of three clashes against Waterhouse this season, coach of Portmore, Shavar Thomas says that will count for nothing on the day.
"At this stage it is the last game of the season, what we did earlier is irrelevant at this time. We have been the most consistent team, while Waterhouse have improved since Donovan Duckie took over. They have quality so that is something to go up against," Thomas told STAR Sports during the RSPL press briefing at the Jamaica Football Federation headquarters on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Waterhouse's assistant coach, Akeno Morgan is urging football lovers to come out, as he anticipate a competitive final.
"I am asking fans to just come out to enjoy the game, it is going to be a great encounter. It is two excellent teams and this is a final, we expect a great game," Morgan shared.