Tru-Juice seek sweet win over Portmore
Tru-Juice are aiming to defy the odds when they face defending champions Portmore United in one of two semi-final games in the St Catherine Football Association/LIME Lincoln 'Happy' Sutherland Knock-out football competition, at Spanish Town Prison Oval.
In the feature encounter at 6:30 p.m., Tru-Juice will depend heavily on forward Gawain Smith, who has scored four goals, including a double in their 3-1 elimination of Naggo Head in last month's quarter-final. He will get support from midfield maestro Orlando Dhorma and Seivon Thomas.
"We aren't intimidated by Portmore, we are prepared and raring to go, and if we play a disciplined game, I think it will be a good encounter," said Julius Thomas, manager of the Tru-Juice team.
Tru-Juice will, however, have to play without their leading goalscorer, Keneil Butler, who was shown a red card in their last game. Butler has scored six goals in the KOcompetition and two league goals this season. Thompson said there are adequate replacements for Butler, but he will be missed.
"There are players that will step up to the plate. It will be a tough match as Portmore is a Premier League team, but we will give it our all for a positive result."
Meanwhile, Andre Waugh, Portmore's coach, said his team will approach the Tru-Juice game in the same "professional manner" as they did in the Albion game. This, he assures, will allow his team to come out on top.
Portmore's charge will be led by Alanzo Adlam, the team's star striker. He and Ewan Grandison scored in their last KO game to eliminate Albion 2-0. Ricardo Morris and captain Adrian Reid will also give support.
In the opening semi-final encounter, Super League club Rivoli United will face Division One outfit Travellers at 4 p.m.