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Portmore, TG hunt semi berth

Published:Sunday | April 30, 2017 | 4:00 AMNodley Wright

Both Portmore United and Tivoli Gardens will have to make the most of their second chance when they meet in the final leg of the Red Stripe Premier League play-off in hope of a place in the semi-finals.

Last week, Tivoli Gardens, playing a man short following the early ejection of Romaine Brackenridge, rallied with a late goal from substitute Howard Morris to end the game on equal footing.

"The aim was to get three points. We went down to 10 men, were outplayed in the first half, but had a very good second half and equalised.

"With this in mind, the players realise that if they dig deep, we can come out with a positive result tomorrow, and that is our thinking heading into this game," team manager Brian Rose told The Sunday Gleaner yesterday.

Today, they should have more ammunition as the competition's leading scorer, Jermaine Johnson, and the team's second leading scorer, Elton Thompson, should be available for selection.

"They are available. Between both of them, they have scored 27 goals, which is a major plus for us, so it (their availability)) has definitely lifted us," Rose added.

 

Confident

 

Portmore United, for their part, are confident that they will get the job done today on their 'home' ground.

"Tivoli scoring late in the first leg has not affected us heading into this game. Playing away and getting a point is a plus for us. We now just have to play our football, we can't be arrogant," Damono Solomon, a man who should play a key role in the Portmore United defensive unit, explained.

The unit, he said, is fully focused on getting the job done. Any player, he added, can be chosen to take the field based on how competitive the squad has been in training.

Today's game:

3 p.m: Portmore United vs Tivoli Gardens - Wembley Centre of Excellence