Portmore in RSPL semis
Portmore United scored twice in the first half of their second leg Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) quarter-final match at Wembley Centre of Excellence field in Clarendon yesterday to advance past Tivoli Gardens and earn a place in this year's semi-finals.
Yesterday's winners won the tie 3-2 on aggregate after last week's 1-1 draw in the first leg at the Edward Seaga Complex.
Portmore stunned Tivoli after just five minutes with a goal from Javon East. Tivoli's Barrington Pryce levelled from the penalty spot in the 23rd but Portmore's captain Ewan Grandison slammed in what turned out to be the clincher in the 40th minute.
Tivoli's ace marksman Jermaine Johnson who has been nursing a hamstring injury, was introduced at the start of the second half and he came close once when he forced Portmore's custodian Shaven-Sean Paul to make a brilliant save from a free-kick.
Portmore United's coach, Linval Dixon, was naturally elated to reach the last four.
"It was a much better performance from the team today. We knew the game would be physical so we were prepared," Dixon said.
The RSPL continues tonight with the second leg quarter-final between champions Montego Bay United and Arnett Gardens at the Montego Bay Sports Complex in Catherine Hall, St James. Match time is 8 p.m. The first leg ended 1-1.
The winners will join Humble Lion, UWI FC and Portmore United in the semi-finals.