Portmore and Waterhouse will meet in the final of the Red Stripe Premier League Monday night at the National Stadium starting at 8:35.
The final pits two giants of local football against each other with Portmore hunting their sixth title and Waterhouse going for their third. Both, however, took different routes to the final. Portmore were consistent all season, while Waterhouse struggled at the start of the competition before Coach Donovan Duckie took over the reins last November and turned their form around.
In the semi-finals, Waterhouse dismissed defending champions Arnett Gardens 3-1 on aggregate while Portmore got the better of Cavalier 3-0 over the two legs.
According to Duckie, having reached this stage of the competition from fighting to stave off relegation earlier, the goal has already been achieved and Waterhouse will just be playing just another game.
“There is no expectation. When we qualified for top six, I was surprised. That was like winning the cup for us,” he said. “From then we started to take it a game at a time and we continued to do that and we continue to have no expectation and we are just looking forward to another game for us.”
However, Portmore’s coach, Shavar Thomas, has the title in his sight, after the club lost at this stage of the competition the last two seasons. Two years ago in the final to Montego Bay United and last year to Arnett Gardens.
“Like we have said from pre-season, we want to do one better than what we have done in previous years and it is still the same aim. We are in the final again and nothing changes.”