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Elite, Fire House to clash

Renaldo Gilkes

Elite, Fire House to clash

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Ttile contenders?Emmerson Boyce 5th Avenue Fashions Bajan Elite and Toyota Phoenix UFO Fire House will clash at 8 p.m. in the LIME Pelican Football Challenge at the National Stadium today.
In the other matches, De Pier Sportstown Galaxy and Scotty’s Tech 4 Less Combined Stars will meet at 4 p.m., followed by Nulook 360 Connection against Red Tridents.
Combined Stars will be fancying their chances against Galaxy unit, who allowed six goals in their first encounter and may be without inspirational goalkeeper Richard Corbin, who was injured just before half-time against 360 Connection.
Reserve custodian Anthony Rollins has hopefully put the last game behind him as he is expected to be bombarded by the Stars’ front line of Shaquille Belle, Shaquille Boyce and Tristan “Fishy” Parris, who had a quiet first game against Bajan Elite.
If Galaxy are to gain any points from this game, they would need stellar performances from skipper Maradona Lavine and nifty winger Antoine Corbin, who is capable of unlocking defences with his trickery and speed.
Basking from their big opening win, 360 Connection will be confident and eager to notch a win over former captain Kerry Holder, who will be standing between the uprights for Tridents.
Tridents lacked the killer punch in their previous game and will need to hit the ground running from the start to get something from this game.
They have tremendous talent in midfield and attack but the obvious lack of cohesion seems to be their main weakness.
Sherwin Success will need to combine with Curtis Odle and the Atkins brothers, Kadeem and Keon, along with lone frontman Jesse Turton, who showed glimpses of brilliance but lacked the composure to finish.
Hat-trick hero for 360 Connection, Dwayne Stanford will have to be on point if he is to get the better of the very commanding Romel Burgess at centre back. Stanford would rely on Brittons Hill midfielder Romel Bynoe for service but also support in the scoring bracket.
Bajan Elite have been installed as tournament favourites after doing some smart transfer business during the draft. By acquiring Reviere Williams, Jeffrey Williams and Romario Bryan, they have tightened up some loose areas and grown in confidence since last year.
Jeffrey has seemingly built a formidable partnership in midfield with teenagers Jomo Harris and Romario Harewood, and battle for midfield supremacy should be mouth-watering against the experienced Norman Forde, Nicholas King and Paul “Soup” Lovell.
Last day signing John “Nobby” Parris will be the obvious choice for centre back as Llewellyn Broomes was ejected in the last game for two bookable offences.
Parris and Oscar Nero will need to use all their experience to neutralize Bajan Elite’s front three of Reviere Williams, Kemar Headley and Raymond Hope.
This one can go either way as they both strive for group supremacy.