Wed | Oct 17, 2018

Thomas calls for focus from Portmore

Published:Tuesday | August 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMRobert Bailey/Gleaner Writer
Portmore United's Ricardo Morris (left) celebrates one of his two goals against Humble Lion with teammates Roberto Johnson (center) and Damono Solomon in their Red Stripe Premier League encounter at the Spanish Town Prison Oval on Sunday October 22, 2017.
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Portmore United head coach Shavar Thomas says his team is very determined to come away with a positive result when they play away to Honduran side FC Motagua in the quarter-final of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League on Thursday.

Thomas, a former national defender, said that Motagua is going to be very difficult to beat at home, but he is very optimistic that his team can come away with all three points.

"We want to come away with a positive result, so we have to be tactically and mentally focused to play against a tough Motagua team," said Thomas.

"We are very motivated because we are one step away from going into the semi-finals, and the guys are very enthusiastic and upbeat about advancing," Thomas said.

Portmore, who are the reigning Red Stripe Premier League champions, reached the quarter-finals of the competition after a 7-6 penalty kick victory over Costa Rican side Santos at the National Stadium two weeks ago.

Thomas noted that his players are in excellent form entering this encounter and everyone is looking forward to giving a good account of themselves against the Hondurans.

"The focus is even more heightened than the first game and the guys are ready because we know that they are a tough team and they have good players," Thomas said.

"They have a couple of Honduran internationals that play for them and we are looking forward to a tough challenge," he said.

Portmore United will be led by Kemar Foster, Ricardo Morris, Javon East, Ewan Grandison, Damono Solomon and Rosario Harriott.

The members of the Portmore squad left the island yesterday, while others are scheduled to leave this afternoon.