Stalemates to be broken in JPL quarters today
Cavalier and Mount Pleasant are both confident of victory when they square off in the second leg of the Jamaica Premier League (JPL) quarter-final this evening at Sabina Park at 5.
Both quarter-finals ended in draws on Monday with Arnett Gardens and Harbour View playing to a 1-1 draw, while Mount Pleasant and Cavalier finished goalless.
Mount Pleasant General Manager David Galloway said they took positives from Monday even though they have not beaten the defending champion in three attempts this season.
"We expected better," he said. "It was not what we wanted, but they did well. The team played well and we got chances, but Thursday we know that we are going to deliver."
"We are very confident even though Cavalier is always a difficult team for us. We never give up. We have to come back and get the win and that is the aim."
Cavalier looked the more purposeful team on Monday but lacked the final pass in a game where they were better for most parts.
However, Mount Pleasant showed moments of quality, and Cavalier can only underestimate them at their peril.
Cavalier assistant coach David Laylor admits the decisive pass missing from their game on Monday but says they will be boosted by the return of a couple players and he expects them to go on and take the tie.
"We are missing a few players and when we get those players back, we believe the adjustments will be sufficient for us to take it home," he said. "We hope to move the ball around and put Mount Pleasant on the back foot."
Despite Cavalier's record against Mount Pleasant since the latter entered the league in 2018, Laylor says playing them in a knockout game is much harder than playing them in the regular season.
"It is a final, and every final is going to be a bit different and a bit tougher," Laylor said. "We will have to fix up some stuff and come and hope for the best.
"You are as good as your last game, and the game was a little flat for us. This is a tough Mount Pleasant team, so we will make the adjustments and see what happens." he said.
In the other game at 7:30 p.m., Arnett coach Paul Davis said without striker Renaldo Cephas, they have to adjust but he has no doubt victory will be theirs.
"With Cephas' pace, we would have been much better, but now we have to play more as a team," he said. "But we are going to win the second leg. We will beat them."
Harbour View's assistant coach Sean Fraser said although their first leg performance surprised most, they are well aware of their capabilities.
However, consistency has been their downfall and he hopes they can reproduce their display from the first leg and upstage their opponents.
"Our performance surprised the fans but it didn't surprise us," he said. "We knew what we have. All we need is the consistency. We have players that can create good opportunities and make things happen. We made a single mistake and it cost us, but we will bounce back."