2-0 win gives coach ‘Bibi’ a good feeling
Former Reggae Boyz star and current Portmore United coach, Ricardo 'Bibi' Gardner, was left grinning from ear to ear after his team pulled off a 2-0 win over St Catherine rivals Dunbeholden FC in the Jamaica Premier League at the UWI Captain Horace Burrell Centre of Excellence yesterday.
Goals in each half from Ricardo Morris (34th minute) and Emelio Rousseau (75th minute) were enough to see off a plucky Dunbeholden team. Gardner said Dunbeholden were better in their head-to-head meetings last time around but they have put that behind them and are ready to chart a new path forward this season.
"It is always a good feeling to get a win under your belt, especially in the first game of the season. This will lift the players and help them to grow in confidence," he said.
Dunbeholden stopped the 2018 and 2019 champions 1-0, 2-1 and then 4-1 in last year's aborted season but Gardner said that is now behind them."Last season is behind us. We met and evaluated last season and we are just looking forward to this season," he said. With the opening game out of the way, Gardner said they will now refocus and gather themselves for their next encounter. "We will sit and look at the things we have done well and continue to do the same going forward. The things that we haven't done so well, we must continue to improve those functions.
"Our end product can be a bit better, as well as in the wide areas and keeping the ball a little longer. But when we go out (again) we will try to get it right," he said.
Portmore dominated the first half and took the lead through Morris' deflected free kick. Dunbeholden pushed their opponents on the defensive at the start of the second half but Portmore soon regained control and completed the scoring when Rousseau found the net with a cracking shot from 35 yards.
Yesterday's resultPortmore 2, Dunbeholden 0
Saturday's resultsMount Pleasant 0, Tivoli 0Cavalier 2, Humble Lion 0
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