Portmore in RSPL final
Michael Binns scored a double and Tremaine Stewart got the other goal last night as Portmore United defeated 10-man Humble Lion 3-1 in their second-leg semi-final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex to reach the 2015-16 Red Stripe Premier League final.
Portmore advanced 4-3 on aggregate after Humble Lion won the first leg 2-1 at the Effortville Community Centre. Kemeel Wolfe scored the consolation goal for Humble Lion.
Last night's winners will meet Montego Bay United in the May 2 final. On Sunday night, Montego Bay got past defending champions Arnett Gardens, also 4-3 on aggregate, after the teams played to a 2-2 extra-time draw.
Portmore were on the attack from the opening whistle in last night's match and they were rewarded from as early as the eighth minute.
Binns stunned Humble Lion and their supporters with a curling 30-yard free kick which went under the despairing dive of Humble Lion goalkeeper Allien Whittaker.
The former champions went 2-0 up and 3-2 on aggregate in the 21st minute. Humble Lion's defender Ricardo Campbell used his hand to prevent the ball from going over the line in the 20th minute. He was shown a straight red by the referee who pointed to the spot. Binns stepped up to easily convert past from the diving Whittaker.
Led by Ricardo Cousins, Wolry Wolfe, Andrew Vanzie and substitute Francois Swaby, Humble Lion fought gallantly 10 men. They were given a lifeline in the 64th minute when Swaby broke down the right and crossed to the far post where Kemeel Wolfe arrived late to tap past Portmore's goalkeeper Shaven-Sean Paul.
Just 13 minutes later Stewart took full advantage of some confusion in Humble Lion's 18-yard box to seal Portmore's spot in the final with a torrid shot.