Ar­nett host tough Port­more

The Star (Jamaica) - - Sports - LIV­INGSTON SCOTT STAR Writer

Ar­nett Gar­dens head coach, Jerome Waite, has urged his play­ers to step up their game against lead­ers Port­more United to­day after the ‘hol­i­day mode’ squad played to a 0-0 draw with lowly Har­bour View in the Red Stripe Premier League on Sun­day.

The for­mer ti­tle hold­ers will host the de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons at 7 p.m. at the An­thony Spauld­ing Com­plex and Waite says they must im­prove to get a pos­i­tive re­sult in to­day’s match.

“The hol­i­day break was ob­vi­ous in the last game we played and by our stan­dard it was a lack­lus­tre per­for­mance. So we will have to step up a notch for this game as Port­more will be run­ning hard,” Waite warned.

“This is al­ways a pretty tough game. Port­more are the most con­sis­tent team in the league and they are still lead­ing by two points. Ar­nett have not found their foot­ing as yet, but, de­spite the many in­juries, we have to keep on work­ing,” he added.

Even with a team not at its best, Waite be­lieves they have held their own thus far, but thinks they still need to be more clin­i­cal in front of goal.

“It’s not a bad show­ing from us in this round. We have only lost once. But goals are hard to come by as teams are ad­just­ing to play­ing each other and they re­alise that if they have to put more play­ers in de­fence, they will make that ad­just­ment.

“But we are not fin­ish­ing. We could have been higher up the ta­ble or lead­ing (the league) based on the amount of games we drew that we should have won,” he added.

Port­more are on a high after clip­ping Mount Pleas­ant 1-0 on Sun­day with a goal from Ri­cardo Mor­ris. In their first en­counter this sea­son, Ar­nett were outscored 3-2 by Port­more at the An­thony Spauld­ing Sports Com­plex last Oc­to­ber.

Port­more lead the ta­ble with 36 points, two more than both sec­ond­place Waterhouse and Cava­lier who are in third spot. Ar­nett are fourth with 31, and they are fol­lowed by Mount Pleas­ant Academy and UWI FC on 27 each.

IAN ALLEN

Ri­cardo Mor­ris (right) of Port­more United cel­e­brates with team­mate Javon East after he scored against Mount Pleas­ant Academy in their Red Stripe Premier League match at the Span­ish Town Prison Oval on Sun­day.

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