Nodley Wright, Gleaner Writer
Former champions Portmore United earned their first point of the 2013/2014 Red Stripe Premier League on Sunday as they played to a 0-0 draw with Tivoli Gardens and goalkeeper Carlloyd Walters played a big role in that.
The 24-year-old Newland resident gave an assured performance in goal as he kept the still scoreless Portmore United in the game and gave them their maiden point for the year. Among his quality saves were two free kicks from Keammar Daley, a point-blank save off a Rafeik Thomas effort and when he showed good anticipation to deny another Tivoli Gardens attack as the visitors dominated the second half of the game played at Ferdie Neita Park.
"It is very important for the team to get a point in the league.
EVERY POINT COUNTS
"We are behind but it's early in the season, so we can still catch up. Every point counts," the very relaxed Newland, Portmore, resident told The Gleaner at the end of the game.
His own performance, Walters said, was a result of training harder than everyone else.
"This is my third game for the season. I played in the Flow Cup match against Barbican and played in the last match, which we lost 0-1 to August Town, and I was determined to do better.
"I have been training really hard to improve my performance and to get in this team. I come to training before the team to put in some extra work so that I can improve," said the man who has had to share goalkeepeing duties with Kemar Foster, a man more rooted in the club than himself.
The journey to the club he now calls home took him out of the parish and back.
"I won the Manning Cup with Bridgeport High School in 2006 with players such as Kenardo Forbes, Theo Brown, Adrian King and Andre Steele. From there, I went to play for Naggo Head at the end of the schoolboy football season before moving on to Harbour View in the 2007-2010," explained the man who stands at 5' 11".
The following season, he travelled to Boys' Town and remained there until January 2011 when he moved to Sporting Central in Clarendon before catching the eye of Portmore United.
"After the second to last match of that season, Portmore United called to say that they were interested in me playing for them and I decided to sign for them. Actually, it was the second time they were doing so. When I won the Manning Cup, they wanted to sign me but I had signed for another club already," said the player who is currently on a three-year contract and one he is hoping to extend.