Defending champions Portmore United and Waterhouse have taken the early advantage after the opening legs of the Red Stripe Premier League semi-finals on Monday night. Two time champions Waterhouse put one foot into the final after blanking Cavalier 2-0. In what was the second match of the double header, captain Kiethy Simpson put Waterhouse ahead in the 34th minute before Tremaine Stewart made it 2-0 in the 40th minute.
Meanwhile, defending champions Portmore United snatched a late win over Mount Pleasant Football Academy as they beat the St Ann-based team 2-1 in their first leg semi-final encounter also at the National Stadium. It was Javon East who gave Portmore United the lead in the 43rd minute to send them into the halftime break 1-0 up. Jourdaine Fletcher then pulled Mount Pleasant level just two minutes after the resumption with a brilliant 47th minute strike. The return legs will be played next Monday.