Half a distance to goal
Lime Old Road is nine games away from its ultimate goal, win the 2011-2012 premier division.
At the end of the first round Old Road lead the standings on 20 points, three ahead of Special Security Services All Saints United in second.
Though Old Road sit atop the standings, defending champions Asot’s Arcade Parham, six points adrift must fancy retaining the title it won last season.
Undoubtedly Parham is the ‘hottest’ team going into the second round which kicks off today with a triple-header at the ARG.
Parham is scheduled to take on Cool & Smooth Empire in the opening encounter prior to the Sugar Ridge Sap/La Busola Willikies matchup.
The league-leaders will play Champion Footwear Hoppers in the nightcap.
While Old Road and Parham may be the favourites to win the title, the championship is wide open.
The second round is expected to be gritty, challenging and extremely competitive.
As was revealed during the first round even teams at the bottom of the standings can pick off those at the top…just ask Bassa who fell to Bullets on Friday.
Willikies upset of Parham also demonstrated how fragile ‘the league’s powerhouses’ are.
All Saints United has a team that can win the cup but their inconsistent play may be the team’s Achilles Heel.
Randolph “Etty” Burton’s hat trick in United’s final first round game is a great platform for the team trailing Old Road to start the second round.
If Sap can get its act together, as well as complete the signing of Peter “Big” Byers then the former champions can inflict some hurting on those teams with championship aspirations.
If there is one team that may be scared of Sap its Old Road.
The round south derby is usually a high octane match and an improved Sap may be worries for Old Road.
Parham faltered early in the season but its late charge must be encouraging to the fans who refer to their team as the boyz from Brazil.
Sea View Farm is playing some good football but without a ‘killer’ striker, they may suffer down the stretch when team’s defrences should improve.
True the title is the ultimate goal but in addition to the top prize is concern with relegation.
Bullets in the cellar below Willikies and Empire are three teams that need huge wins to avoid playing in the first division next season.
So the race from the bottom is equally as crucial as that at the top.
There have been 161 goals scored in the first round and fans can expect even more fireworks in the second.
It’s often stated that goals win games but defence wins championships and it may be the play of the respective keepers that may be keys to the title.
The league had numerous scheduling problems in the early stages of the first round.
Things have calmed down significantly and the pitch at the ARG is pristine.
Fans can expect some real interesting football for the title.
No team has a grip on this cup, at least not yet.