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Portmore's marksman Javon East shooting for the stars

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

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The consistency shown by striker Javon East in front of goal over the last six games of the calendar year 2017 coincided with a six-game win streak for his club Portmore United that saw them surge to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL).

Last season's beaten finalists are starting to show that they mean business as they aim to go one better this term, as they have unseated defending champions Arnett Gardens at the top of the pile while opening up a four-point gap entering the new year.

The 22-year-old East scored a hat-trick against Montego Bay United, one against Boys' Town, Sandals South Coast, Waterhouse, Tivoli Gardens and tThe University of West Indies, to bag eight goals in a run that has edged him to the front of the race for the RSPL Golden Boot.

“I know the ability that I have so I am working hard,” said the Calabar old boy, who scored only six goals last season, which he describes as “very poor”.

“I know what I can do and how talented I am, so coming out of a season without double figures is a joke,” said East, who is in his fourth season with Portmore United.

Taking a page out of the book of great strikers of the global game the player, who started at Portmore in the 2013-2014 season, decided to spend more time on the training ground to get better results for himself and his club.

“I started to do what strikers normally do. After training I had to take up some balls and work on my finishing. I looked at the past season and the present season and saw where I went wrong. To become a better striker I have to do extra after every training session —that is what counts the most.”

Though young in age, the Brazil fan is definitely displaying the maturity his club needs at the moment.

“I took up the responsibility to be the leader at the top of the park for my team, and I know that the focus and determination will allow me to do great things,” East noted.

With 11 goals to his name so far, East tops the table by one, edging veteran Craig Foster of Reno and Fabian Reid of Arnett Gardens, but the Robin van Persie fan is not focused on winning that race.

“I am focused on my team, that is the main objective... I am enjoying the race for the Golden Boot, but I am not focusing on that; my team comes first,” he stated.

A fan of Manchester United, East says winning the league would all but guarantee him the Golden Boot.

“If we win the league I have a 95 per cent chance of winning the Golden Boot because my team is going to produce,” he explained.

While he has been able to get the better of just about any defence in the RSPL, East has yet to score against the champions as he drew a blank in a 0-0 draw when Portmore and Arnett met at the Prison Oval earlier this season. He will certainly be chomping at the bit the next time the two teams meet in what is expected to be another cracking encounter.

The RSPL resumes tomorrow after the New Year holiday break with a full slate of games.

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