Savannah remain hopeful
Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
For many people, Savannah Football Club are firm favourites for relegation at the end of the 2012-2013 Red Stripe Premier League season. And the points table appears to support them.
However, Cavel Blake, the man who scored for the Westmoreland team in their 1-1 draw with Portmore United - as they earned their fourth point from their last two matches - believes differently.
Yet, Savannah are still at the foot of the table on 16 points, five behind Highgate and 12 points from safety.
"Once we keep the discipline and the focus, we will survive. With that, we will win games," said the 28-year-old defender.
"We have not been playing bad football. It is just that we sometimes lose concentration and sometimes we are unlucky, but we are working hard and if we continue to fight hard we will stay up. We have 10 more games in this round, and there is another half round left, so we will be in the Premier League next year," added the man who previously played for Mongress Football Club in Westmoreland.
According to Blake, people underestimate Savannah because of their poor run in the second round, but that is not a bother to them and may even serve them well in this round.
"We lost a number of games so teams took us lightly, but it does not bother us. They can keep taking us lightly, but we are confident in our ability and when they take us lightly then they may find themselves at a disadvantage," he added.
Of his personal performance, Blake was very proud.
"I feel proud of myself. It is my first National League goal. This is my first year in this league, and I have been wanting to get one for some time.
"For today's game, I just had a feeling that I would score. On our way up to the game I was thinking about scoring and had the feeling that I would do it. I told my teammates to always find me on the set plays as I always go up for them,"the defender explained.
While he fulfilled half of his dream of scoring against the defending champions, the other half - winning the game - did not materialise as Sueala McCalla's 39th minute strike cancelled his eighth-minute opener.
"I am a person who is confident in myself and was hoping that the goal would have given us the victory. We beat them 1-0 in the first round at their home and I saw no reason why we could not do it again," he stated confidently.
Savannah's assistant coach, Marvin Quarrie, who filled in for coach Everton Tomlinson, who has duties with the country's Under-20 as head of delegation in Mexico, was just as confident as Blake.
"We expected this result because we worked hard. Portmore United are an organised team which like to pass the ball around and we came with a plan to disrupt that," declared Quarrie, brother of former Premier League stand out Kendrie.
"We are looking forward to remaining in the league and have brought in players, such as Adrian Robinson, Shavon Brown and goalkeeper Chad Blair, who are making a difference. In fact, the entire squad is responding positively," he added.
Once they continue doing that, Savannah might just surprise many persons and maintain their spot in the Premier League.