A win today for Lime Old Road against current champs Asot’s Arcade Parham today in the feature game of a triple-header at the ARG and Old Road can start writing its name of the championship trophy.
While the title may be in its grasp, Old Road the league leader, would like to make this match against the defending champions a ‘statement’ game.
The only defeat Old Road suffered in the first round was against Parham, that, after Old Road dominated the rest of the field.
This should be a very entertaining match with some of the most exciting players in the country on show.
For Parham, attackers, Kerry “Arab” Skepple, Gary “Peter Reds” Harriett and Eugene Kirwan have shown the firepower that is necessary to defeat any team in the premiership.
Whereas the Parham offence has been good, sometimes exceptional, scoring 21 times, its defence has not been particularly solid giving up 17 goals in 11 matches.
The defence must come out to play if Parham is to be successful today because Old Road has an offence that should not be taken lightly.
Old Road’s attack starts in the middle with former national team players Tiran Williams pulling the strings inside with the assistance of Tash Harris and his brother Verton “Geese” Harris.
Stephan “Tommy” Smith and Orlando Mitchum have been consistently spectacular on the frontline along with Gayson “Bubbler” Gregory, one of a few players with triple strikes in a game this season.
Old road has scored 28 goals in 12 matches including seven against Willikies in the first round.
The league leaders have given up a goal per game and they should fancy their chances of fending off Parham’s attack notwithstanding its inability to do so in the first round.
With the title in sight however, Old Road cannot relax.
Coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards should have Old Road in tip top shape, physically, mentally and psychologically for all that Parham will throw at them.
And one can imagine Parham’s coach Winston “Debu” Williams pulling out all the stops today hoping to demonstrate that Parham is still in it.
For each team to be successful, keeping all 11 men on the field will be important.
Obviously, with Parham trailing Old Road by 12 points with a game in hand, the league leaders have much more to lose than the defending champions.
This is Old Road’s game and title to win or lose.
A win against Parham would certainly solidify Old Road’s quest for its first ever national championship, one that has eluded them for ages.
In the second game, Special Security All Saints United, second on the standings behind Old Road will seek three valuable points against Hospitality Services Sea View Farm.
United was in touch of Old Road, trailing by three points until they fell to Champion Footwear Hoppers on Wednesday.
United cannot afford to lose against Farm, a team that is going through some serious internal problems, losing some four straight games.
On 12 points, Farm also cannot afford to drop points as relegation looms.
Only one point separate Farm from Cool & Smooth Empire, second from the bottom placed team Bullets, now on 10 points following its win over Empire Yesterday.
So, two points separate the bottom three teams with Farm ahead of Empire and Bullets, which means at least, one or two of those three teams will be relegated.
Farm should come out firing today and United has to be mindful of its opponent’s desperation.
Farm moves the ball very well and with that they create scoring opportunities but without a ‘killer’ striker Farm’s chances are usually squandered.
With their ‘backs against the wall’ however they may find a way of scoring.
In the first round Randolph “Etty” Burton stunned Farm for a hat trick, therefore Farm must contain the United offence perhaps with its own attack.
This game is important for Farm because there are signs of a resurging Empire in its 50th year of existence.
Additionally, Bullets demonstrated that they will not settle for last place with the huge 2-1 win over Empire yesterday.
In the opener, two teams coming off impressive wins Hoppers and Sugar Ridge Sap will clash.
Hoppers beat United on Wednesday, days after Sap knocked off Parham.
Peter “Big Pete” Byers has been held scoreless in two straight games and Hoppers may be the team he gets off on.
Byers can score and when e does he score in bunches.
Hoppers must put Wednesday behind and focus on Sap, a team with lots to prove especially after the exodus of Head Coach Charles “Charlie” Weston and his assistant Karl Casey.
New coach Mitch Williams pulled off one of the most unlikely wins of the season, a 3-0 victory over Parham in his first game.
This is his second and a win will demonstrate that the Parham triumph was no fluke.
Hoppers have a lot to prove as well.
In the first round, Hoppers gave up a demoralizing late goal to Parham and they must be hoping to make amends for their ineptitude.
They have been the most consistent team in the premiership in the past five years placing second each time.
The three games are important and they should be exciting matches for the fans.