Portmore's Grandison expects easy route to RSPL final

April 22, 2017
Tivoli Gardens' ace forward Jermaine Johnson scoring his team's second goal during the Red Stripe Premier League encounter against Portmore United at the Edward Seaga Complex last month.

Portmore United captain, Ewan Grandison, said the addition of quarter-finals to the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) play-offs, does not make it any tougher for them to reach the final this season.

Last season's beaten finalist, Portmore play away to Tivoli in their quarter-final first-leg at Edward Seaga Complex on Sunday at 3p.m. Although they have had a less impressive regular season this term and have two quarter-finals, plus two semi-finals to manouver, Grandison, said reaching the final will be 'easy' as long as they remain focused.

"It will not be tougher (getting to the final). If we take it one day at a time, stay focus and humble and stay as discipline as we were last season, we will get to the final easy," he stated.

Grandison has had many experiences against Tivoli and knows what to expect. And though Portmore are unbeaten eight RSPL games, their last defeat came to Tivoli. But Grandison believes they have improved since.

 

Optimistic

 

"Tivoli is always highly motivated against Portmore. But we have the ammunition because the team has gelled," he commented.

Meanwhile, Tivoli's strike pair of Jermaine Johnson and Elton Thompson remain doubtful, with injuries. But while manager, Brian Rose, is optimistic of Thompson's chance, he is less positive about the league's leading marksman, Johnson.

But Grandison does not expect their absence to matter much. "Tivoli play as a team, even if those two don't play, we know they will come running, so we are not looking for any main man, we are looking at the team.

"Playing away will be hectic but (as long as) we keep our heads, I'm sure we will get a positive result. We have to get a positive result at their home," he added.

Rose said although the front two are doubtful, Wednesday's Jackie Bell final, where they got three goals against Cavalier, proved they can score without Johnson (16) and Thompson (11), who are responsible for 27 of Tivoli's 45 RSPL goals this season.

"It is good that players can step up and perform when those players are out, but if we want to advance to the semi-final, we have to be more consistent than we have been. Come Sunday we would like a win no matter how small, as long as it is a win," he declared.

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