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League teams playing catch-up

Ezra Stuart

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It will be a case of making up lost ground on leaders Barbados Defence Force when the Digicel Premier League resumes tonight at the Wildey AstroTurf.
In the opening match, Pride of Gall Hill oppose Cosmos at 7 p.m., while defending champions Weymouth Wales will clash with Mackeson Brittons Hill in the feature match at 9 p.m.
Gall Hill, despite the addition of Barbados players Romelle Burgess and Ramuel Miller, have not quite set the “Turf” alight, while Cosmos have performed encouragingly in their debut season in the big league.
These two have combined with Oscar Nero and Andre Daniel in bolstering the Gall Hill defence, while goalkeeper Omari Eastmond has made a welcome return from injury.
Hence, Cosmos, with their four six-footers in Andre Pinder, Jamar “Crouch” Grazette, Steve King and playmaker Maradona Lavine as well as winger Zico Greaves, won’t have things entirely their way.
The midfield will be between the Lavine brothers, Donovan and Maradona, of Cosmos against Gall Hill’s Malcolm “Buju” Marshall and Renaldo Marques.
With the return of Jason Goodridge to join Ryan “Shaky” Griffith up front and winger Tyrell “Peter Pan” Gibbons for Gall Hill, it is left to be seen whether Jabarry “Pappy” Chandler will be given a starting role.
They will be looking to penetrate a Cosmos defence manned by Dario Alleyne with the likes of Ramon Bignall, Treyvon Bowen and Antonio Gibbs and get a crack at goalkeeper Richard Corbin.
The St Michael South derby between Wales and Brittons Hill should once again be an extremely close affair.
Brittons Hill’s strike force of Arantees Lawrence, Walton Burrowes, Hendy Richards and Riviere Williams will be up against Wales’ defence of Julian Mottley, Omar Primus, Shawn Clarke, Jamar Walters and Corey McCollin as they try to hit past goalkeeper Bentley Springer.
At the other end, Wales’ frontmen of Kemar Headley, Dwayne Stanford and Jason “Fowlie” Blackman will do battle against Brittons Hill’s back four of Rohan Hall, Jermaine Caesar, Kevin Padmore and Paul Straughn.
The battle in midfield will see Wales’ Carl Joseph, Jabar “Buggy” Greene, and Kemar Bartlett trying to outmanoeuvre Brittons Hill’s oldstager Luther Watson, Elsid Miggins and captain Riviere Williams, who has moved back from his usual striking position.