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Wales set for Paradise

Ezra Stuart

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Football fans will need to get to the National Stadium early today to see unbeaten leaders Weymouth Wales in action.
Wales, who are playing a brilliant brand of soccer – which many old-timers believe is bordering on that of the glory days in the 1960s and 1970s – open the evening’s triple header with a clash against former champs Paradise.  
Whereas Wales have seven wins and two draws in their nine matches, Paradise have been hot and cold with three wins and three losses.
On Friday night at Gall Hill, St John, Paradise drew 1-1 with Mackeson Brittons Hill, who will now play defending champions Meridian Castrol Youth Milan in the feature match at 8 p.m.
Milan, after their disastrous start to the season with three losses, also played to a 1-1 draw with KDJ Auto Parts Dayrells Road in the second match Friday.
The return of their inspirational captain Norman Forde, following his coaching stint in Bermuda, should provide the St Lucy side with some firepower up front, alongside Kenroy Skinner and, possibly, Ricky Barnes.
Paradise too, will be hoping that their young strikers Armando “Suga” Lashley, Kadeem “Daga” Latham and Mustafa Haqq can come good against a Wales defence marshalled by Julian Mottley and Shawn Clarke.
Wales’ midfield trio of Paul “Soup” Lovell, Zaeehaeus Polius and Jabar Greene has dominated all before them this season and Paradise’s coach/player Kent Hall will really need to get support from Kodi Mark and Trevor Mayers.
It will also be a joy to see Wales’ strike pair of Dwayne Stanford and Kemar Headley going up against Paradise’s two national defenders, Barry Skeete and Jonathan Straker.
Dayrells Road will be back in action in the second match against their illustrious neighbours Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame.
This local “derby”, along with the fact that Brittons Hill and Wales will also be playing on the same day, should definitely bring out all the football fans in St Michael South.
They will be watching closely as veteran John “Nobby” Parris will need to show all his experience and expertise in the Dames’ defence as he tries to keep his two Dayrells Road cousins, Tristan “Fishy” Parris and Jamar Parris at bay.
Brian Bynoe and John Stoute, who have represented the Dames in the past, will also be looking for big performances against their former club.