With Bullets and Cool & Smooth Empire already relegated, and with Old Road one point from the title, today’s matches in the ABFA premier division at the ARG may seem inconsequential.

Not so fast, these games are of extreme importance. In 1983 or there about Empire needed one point from three games to win the premiership but was unable to do so.

In game one of today’s triple header Special Security All Saints United, second to Lime Old Road can mathematically win the championship. Sure United cannot surpass Old Road but if the league leaders lose its next two games and United win its next three then they would be tied on points. It would be left to goal difference to decide the championship.

Old Road currently holds an eight-goal advantage in that department. With a chance at the title, as slight as it may be, United is likely to try and win by a large margin, keeping its hopes of a title alive. Its opponent today, Sugar Ridge Sap should not be taken lightly. In an attempt to score lots of goals, United will have to take risks on offence. That would open its defence to the counter attack of Peter “Big Pete” Byers, Rackley “Leech” Thomas and Okeem “Soda” Challenger and other offences. Except for a 6-1 win in the first round United has not won by huge margins this season, so the challenge to overcome Old Road’s goal difference will be a tough task.

Sap is no walkover and United must be careful it does not lose to this ‘hungry’ team with an offence as potent as any team in the competition. A victory for Sap and the title belongs to Old Road. Even a draw in this game guarantees Old Road the cup. Game two should be an interesting match as well when Hospitality Services Sea View Farm takes on defending champions Asot’s Arcade Parham. Farm has been on a good run of late with Kimoy Alexander, the team’s top striker improving each game.

A win over Parham today should give Janill “Board” Simon the coach of the year award taking into consideration the work he did after Veron “Epilus” Edwards quit Farm. A top five finish would be a ‘fantastic’ achievement for Farm and Simon. Game three may be the most important contest as Bassa look to beat Champion Footwear Hoppers and move away from the playoffs. Hoppers showcased a number of young players last week and with its place in the premiership secured may put these players on display again. If that happens, then Bassa, a young team as well may have a chance at winning this game.

Even against Hoppers’ first team, Bassa can win but the team clearly has underachieved after a very good start to the season. With a win today Bassa can move ahead of Willikies and temporarily out of the playoff zone. There is absolutely no time to relax in the ABFA premier division.