Portmore United make second RSPL final in two years


May 29, 2017
@Normal:Portmore's Damano Solomon (left) and UWI's Allando Brown in an aerial battle for the ball during their return leg semi-final match in the Red Stripe Premier League at the UWI Bowl last season.

Portmore United yesterday advanced to their second Red Stripe Premier League final in a row following a 2-0 win over UWI FC in the second leg semi-final at the UWI Mona Bowl to win the two-way tie 3-2 on aggregate.

The game went into extra time as Portmore, who only came back into the top flight football competition only two seasons ago after being relegated at the end of the 2013/2014 season, came through courtesy of an own goal in the 82nd minute and then a Michael Binns free kick which put them into safety in extra time.

nervous moments

Portmore ended this year's regular season in fifth place. Last year, they advanced to the final after finishing the league as the team with the most points.

Coach Linval Dixon said the team had nervous moments yesterday, but that the goal was always to make the final as they did last season.

"I feel good because we stuck out to go to the final. Last season we go to the final and lost so it feels really good to be back here," he added.

Portmore United will play Arnett Gardens in the final on Monday, June 5. Arnett Gardens advanced to the final after a 3-1 aggregate win over Humble Lion in their semi-final.

Portmore United have won the premier league title four times under the current iteration. As Hazard United they won once.

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