Burke’s brace puts him atop RSPL goalscoring chart
Portmore United striker Corey Burke climbed to the top of the Red Stripe Premier League's (RSPL) goalscorers' chart after hitting a brace in a 3-1 win over Vere United at the Spanish Prison Oval yesterday.
Burke, who was scoring his second successive brace, netted in the 44th and 73rd minutes to take his tally for the season to 11.
However, the forward says that his team expects goals from him and that he is just delivering the goods.
"The team expects me to score goals, and I can't be happier, even though I wanted the hat-trick. I got two goals and give thanks," he told STAR Sports.
Portmore controlled the game from the start, and Seigel Knight fired them into the lead after 34 minutes with a scorching strike from 20 yards.
Burke came close to increasing Portmore's lead twice after that.
However, in the final minute of the half, Knight picked him out on top of the six-yard box, and he slotted home to put Portmore 2-0 up at the break.
Javair Brown pulled a goal back from Vere against the run of play in the 62nd minute.
'WE Need to step up'
But Burke restored Portmore's two-goal advantage in the 73rd minute from a smartly taken free kick.
"The coaching staff and the management staff have been telling us that we need to step up our game, so we can always get three points whenever we take the pitch, so we can be where we want to be in the top half of the table," Burke said.
The former Rivoli man, who has seven goals in this round, says that the supply from midfield has also been much better.
"It has been much better since the second round started. The coaches have been telling the midfielders they need to play to the strikers, and the guys are taking instructions and playing the ball forward more," he added.
Coach Ricardo Gardner was also singing praises for his players.
"His quality is showing now, and I can depend on him to score one or two every game because he puts himself in such good goalscoring position, and he's finishing them off," he said.
The result lifts Portmore to fourth in the standings with 30 points, the same as third-placed Arnett Gardens, who had a late game.
Vere remain at the bottom on 14 points.