Clash of big guns tonight
Leaders Barbados Defence Force (BDF) and Pride of Gall Hill, the only two unbeaten teams in the Digicel Premier League, will clash in tonight’s headline match at the Wildey AstroTurf.
The match, scheduled for 9 p.m. will be preceded by a 7 p.m. encounter between Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame and winless Families First St John Sonnets.
BDF, with 10 points from their four matches, will be playing their fourth game in 12 days and no doubt coach Asquith Howell will continue his rotation policy and rest some players.
The army’s football recruits will be back in action on Sunday for their fifth match in 15 days when they play Cosmos at 6 p.m. and even though they are regarded as the fittest team in the competition, such a schedule can take its toll.
Gall Hill, who have six points from one win against St John Sonnets and three draws with Paradise, the Dames and Youth Milan, would’ve watched and analyzed how BDF demolished DirecTV Paradise 5-0 last Sunday.
Coach Randolph Cox will certainly be plotting to nullify the BDF’s fast-paced attacking game.
Defenders Oscar Nero, Andre Daniel, Romelle Burgess, Ramuel Miller and Ryan Taylor will be kept busy by the likes of Mario Harte, Jamal Chandler and Kyle Gibson, but they all have the experience to keep them at bay.
Rico “Sas” Baptiste, who is yet to play in the Premiership this season, would be an ideal man to have in the defensive midfield position for Gall Hill as Renaldo Marques is still recuperating from injury.
The absence of Julian Nicholls, who had played impressively last season, has opened the way for winger Tyrell “Peter Pan” Gibbons and he has filled the breach quite admirably.
The fact that first-choice goalkeeper Omari Eastmond was used as a second-half outfield substitute in the 2-2 draw with Youth Milan, would suggest that Gall Hill lack bench strength. Eastmond may however replace teenager Rushan Adamsson between the uprights.
In Marques’ absence, Gall Hill’s play-making role has gone to Malcolm “Buju” Marshall, who has the ability to set up goal-scoring opportunities for Ryan “Shaky” Griffith, Jabarry Chandler and national under-17 striker Shaquile Boyce with defence-splitting passes.
In the opening encounter, the Dames, who have seven points, along with defending champions Weymouth Wales and Paradise from four matches, should inflict the fifth straight defeat on St John Sonnets, who will be hoping to get their first win. (EZS)