“You must feel the Force around you; its energy surrounds us and binds us…..” Phenomenal words spoken by Yoda, the master Jedi.

Little did we know that he was referring to our local ABFA derbies that took place earlier this week – the intensity that stirred, the curiosity that heightened, expectations were aroused. Not to mention the massive crowd that came out to witness yet another brilliant D1 fixture. You could literally feel the force and the energy surrounding the 22 players and officials.

Featured in this matchup was former 13-time Premier Division Champions, Cool and Smooth Empire FC and Golden Stars Urlings FC. Both were locked in battle for a top-of-the-table titanic clash. Empire eventually came out on top with a 1-nil victory when Jumo “Son” Andrew converted from the penalty spot.

It was indeed another great day for football as it brought back memories of the days when the Premier Division’s second round was transferred to the King George V Grounds in order to facilitate preparations Test match Cricket at the ARG.

Although not victorious, Urlings likewise gave the crowd something to cheer about. Quinton Griffith excited the crowd with 6 exhibition free-kicks that came nail-bitingly close to entering the goal. “A class above the rest” were the words used by Joseph “Jojo” Appricio to describe the talented set-piece specialist.

The round-south team tried desperately to save the match but the night belonged to the combination of Veron Edwards Sr. as Darth Vader, Vaughn Anthony as Luke Skywalker and Sidney Samuel for the work they have done with the players. These good gentlemen are Empire to the core, nurturing a different crop of players, fighting to restore the honour of Empire’s absent from the Premiership for the past two seasons. Empire are now 2nd place in the competition on 36 points – 3 behind Ottos Rangers but with a game in hand – it would appear that the Championship Title is in their grasp.

 However as history would remind us, the mighty men of Empire live for the big moments but somehow find it hard to connect the dots against teams of weaker status. “We don’t a very good track record against low-ranking teams” says president of the club Ms. Claude Laviscount. “We drew 0-0 with Seaview Farm in the first round and lost 1-0 to Freemansville S.C.”

Will this be the case when they take on a resurgent Sea view Farm squad? Happy to be in the promotion zone, Laviscount indicated that they “do not want to fall into the play-off spot so they’re taking it one step at a time.”

In other updates, a remarkable come-back by Seaview Farm, under the guidance of Steven “Pappa” Joseph saw Farm produce a relegation avoiding performance of 4 wins a draw and a loss over the past 6 matches. Somehow Joseph rescued his drowning crew from the depths of the table into a fighting 10th place play-off position. He also stated that the confidence level in his squad is so high that he is prepared to take on any challenger at any level, even at the Premiership.  

Next week the saga continues. Will history once again repeat itself as it did in the first round or will the Empire stand firm? Will “Pappa” Joseph defeat Pappa Edwards? Is the bush league hotter than the premier league? You can’t afford to miss it.

 

courtesy of Tryum F.C … Never stop trying !!