Coach lauds Morris wonder strike in Portmore's win over 'Pleasant'

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

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A wonder strike from Portmore United captain Ricardo Morris in the 39th minute was all it took for the defending champions of the Red Stripe Premier League to exact revenge on new boys Mount Pleasant FA on Sunday.

Having lost 1-2 to the newly promoted team on the opening day of the season, the Shavar Thomas-coached team welcomed the St Ann-based team to Spanish Town Prison Oval for the second time this season and were able to snatch all three points through the remarkable strike from their skipper.

When quizzed about the goal from his captain, Thomas had a short, but definitive answer.

“It could be [the] goal of the season anywhere in the world,” he said.

It was indeed a magical strike from Morris, who was positioned outside the area after his team had been awarded a corner kick. When the ball was headed clear by a Mount Pleasant defender Morris judged the flight well and caught it flush with the outside of the left boot.

The ball swerved and dipped, at the right moment, into the back of the net past the Mount Pleasant custodian Kadeem Davis, for a goal that will be replayed many times over during and after the season.

Thomas insisted that the win on Sunday wasn't about revenge, as persons might have suggested.

“It wasn't about revenge; we are just focusing on adding points to our standings and moving forward. It was a tough game today, as is all the games throughout the season,” he noted.

The former Reggae Boy acknowledged the efforts of his opponents, who dominated much of the second half, while also praising his players for sticking to their guns when things got tough.

“When teams come here or wherever we go to play against people, they come hard, they put in their all — and it was that sort of game today.

“We kept giving up too much fouls in our half (which) kind of offset what we wanted to do a little bit, so it became a ping-pong game. But nevertheless, sometimes you need games like these to show character,” he said.

Thomas promised to keep pressure on the other teams that are near the top of the tables.

“It's important, so we have to put pressure on people who are close to us and we are gonna keep doing that all season until we are top,” he noted.

Meanwhile, opposing coach Donovan Duckie hailed Morris's effort as rare.

“We were undone in the first half by a beauty. If you give him (Morris) ten thousand times more to kick that he will only score one, and much credit should go to the scorer for Portmore,” he said.

– Dwayne Richards

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