A race against time - Tivoli badly need strikers on Sunday
Tivoli Gardens leading strikers, Jermaine 'Teddy' Johnson and Elton 'Juice' Thompson, are in a race against time, Sunday to be exact, to help their team in front goal against Portmore United at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Clarendon.
The duo have combined for 27 goals this season. Their presence was sorely missed by Tivoli in last Sunday's first-leg Premier League quarter-final at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex, which the homesters rallied to tie 1-1 in the closing minutes.
Johnson, the league's top marksman on 16 goals, picked up an hamstring injury in a Jackie Bell Knockout fixture against Harbour View three weeks ago at Constant Spring Complex.
The former Reggae Boy scored in the 17th minute but was immediately replaced. He has not played in Tivoli's last five games including the Jackie Bell final that the west Kingston side won against Super League Cavalier.
Thompson, who has netted 11 times this season, is also a major worry, sidelined with a recurring ankle injury, leaving Tivoli sweating their road trip to Clarendon.
"It is a major loss for us as both players have scored 27 goals and that speak for itself," manager Brian Rose told STAR Sports yesterday.
"They are not in training so it is a possibility that both injured players will also miss the second-leg quarter-final match," Rose added when contacted for an update.
With the experienced Johnson and wiry Thompson watching the first leg from the sidelines last Sunday, Tivoli went behind 0-1 off Javon East's strike but were saved by a beautiful goal from second-half substitute Howard Morris.
Tivoli ended the game with 10 players following a red card issued to defender Romaine Breakenridge in the first half.