Portmore is next test

Cayman have another tough assignment this weekend when they take on the mighty Jamaicans Portmore United.

They are leaders in Jamaica’s National Premier League competition and will play Cayman tomorrow and Sunday at the North Side Playing Field.

These are two more vital games in preparation for the return leg against Bermuda in the CONCACAF World Cup Qualifiers on March 30.

Portmore are former CFU Caribbean Cup holders and multiple time league champions.

Cayman Technical Director Carl Brown is pleased to see such a high quality team here. He feels that Portmore is another tough team and his side should have learnt a lot from last week’s games against Boys Town to make them better competitors in these games.

‘Technically Portmore United is a tough team, after the games against Boys Town these players should have learnt a lot to prepare themselves for these games,’ Brown said. ‘It will certainly be a test. We are going to regroup and see how well we can use these games as a measuring stick for our preparations going into the return leg against Bermuda.’

Brown hopes his best players like Richard Grant will have learnt from the Boys Town experience. Grant scored the vital goal in the first leg against Bermuda when they drew 1-1. Centre backs Tom Elliot and Martin Laud had excellent games against Boys Town. They will be under exceptional pressure again this weekend, ideal preparation for the Bermuda game when they could be the busiest men on the pitch.

Portmore, formally Hazard United boasts some of Jamaica’s best talent and is administrated by well organized and professional board members who have made significant contributions to football in Jamaica.

The coaching staff headed by former Reggae Boyz Linval Dixon consists of former Jamaica national players who possess an awesome level of experience and knowledge to technically who have guided the club to its present position as one of the most feared teams in Jamaica.

Manager Wayne Sinclair said he was happy to have been invited to visit the Cayman Islands as this will definitely give the players experience and exposure playing against a national team as opposed to playing in their loca league.

‘We welcome this trip as it also provides us with competition in the mid-season break and it will help to motivate us going into the final phase of our competition,’ Sinclair said. ‘Carl Brown is a favourite son of the Jamaican soil and anything he asks for that is possible we are more than happy to assist him.’

‘We are looking forward to play two competitive games and enjoy the hospitality of the Cayman Islands people.’

This exceptional football club has developed numerous youngsters who have gained the attention of the national selectors to form the nucleus of the national Under-23, Under-20 and Under-17 teams.

Portmore United have won the championship of the National Premier League several times, the National Under-21 championship five consecutive seasons and held the Happy Sutherland Knock-Out competition trophy for five seasons before losing it at the final recently.

The club has a very rich and successful history recently placing three of their players in Europe playing professional football with White Star Woluwe in Belguim. They join Claude Davis and Omar Daley who play for English League Two side Bradford City and two players are competing in top competitions in Trinidad and Tobago as well.

The team captained by Grenada’s national team captain Anthony Modeste should be ideal to put the finishing touches on Cayman’s preparations.

Cayman drew 1-1 with Portmore United in January during a training camp in Jamaica at the Prison Oval playing field. They want to go a step better this time.

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