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Tight derbies in store today


RENALDO GILKES

Tight derbies in store today

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IT?IS?GOING?to be a super soccer Sunday this evening at the National Stadium as the Digicel Premier League provides three mouth-watering fixtures.
At 4 p.m., Christ Church rivals Pride of Gall Hill and Dover-based Paradise will do battle.
The boys up the hill have been enjoying a better start to the season than their South Coast neighbours who have only three points from as many matches, while Gall Hill have six points from two.
However, Paradise are quite capable of pulling off a victory, especially if Gall Hill arrive with memories of their past two encounters this season.
Paradise finally got among the goals in their last match against Dayrell’s Road, winning 3-0. Armando Lashley has spearheaded the attack with four goals but he will need to be more clinical than he has been of late if he is to penetrate a resilient Gall Hill defence.
Gall Hill’s Premiership debutants Renaldo Bailey and Ramar Millar have formed a solid partnership with fellow defenders Andre Daniel and Troy Speede, and custodian Omari Eastmond, conceding only two goals.
If the Paradise midfield of skipper Kent Hall and young gladiators Jomo Harris, Rakim Lashley and Jason Worme can win the midfield battle against the intimidating Renaldo Marquez, Rico “Sas” Baptiste, Malcolm “Buju” Marshall and Brian Bynoe, they will definitely give themselves a chance of snatching a victory.
Paradise’s Barry Skeete, Jonathan Straker and Kevin Padmore will have the task of restricting three of the island’s most promising forwards in Jabarry “Papi” Chandler, Diquan Admason and Shaquille “Zuka” Boyce.
It is a mission which will require them to bring their “A” game, if they are to get even a point from this game.
In the second encounter, Weymouth Wales will be seeking to return to the top of the table with a victory over a Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme team currently below their best.
After losing heavily to Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame last Sunday, the soldiers earned a less than convincing victory over Pinelands during the week. They seem to be lacking quality up front and creativity in the middle.
The 8 p.m. game, between neighbours Mackenson Brittons Hill and Notre Dame usually provides fireworks. This time around, Brittons Hill will be aiming for a fourth win from four matches, while the Dames will be seeking to close a five-point deficit to the front runners.

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