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Capelli Qualifiers Set to Wrap Up

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With 12 games left to be played in the Barbados Football Association’s Capelli SuperCup, four teams already know where they stand.

Players have recorded 128 goals, with Ellerton’s Shakille Belle and Paradise’s Armando “Sugar” Lashley leading the charge on five goals each. Following closely behind are Villa United’s Norrin Corbin and UWI Blackbirds’ Niall Reid-Stephen who both have four goals apiece.

Paradise moves onto the Championship Stage after winning all of their Group B matches against Fitts Village (8-1), Youth Milan (3-1) and Wotton (2-1). Wotton has also seen their way through following their showing in the same group after beating Fitts Village (8-1), but losing to Milan (4-1) and Paradise (2-1).

Paradise currently heads the group on nine points, while Wotton is behind on three. Milan and Fitts Village are scheduled to play each other tonight to determine who will take third place, but all bets are on Milan.

Meanwhile, in Group C, Pinelands finally managed to get one point to their name after a 2-2 draw with Porey Spring on Sunday, but it was too late. Despite the youthful team putting up a good fight all tournament, they have been ousted from the next round of the competition.

Heading that group are UWI Blackbirds on six points after two games, and Pride of Gall Hill stands in second place with four points. When both teams clash next week it will be decided if UWI will maintain their lead or if Milan will surpass them. 

Over in Group D, Ellerton have been pegged as the favourites to finish top of the table. The St George side currently has six points after two games, while Villa stands on three points in second position after the same number of games. The two teams are set to meet on the Turf tonight, but all bets are on Ellerton to maintain the lead.

The jury is still out on Group E which is looking to be the next heavily contested group after Group A. While the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme has been fingered as the favourites in that group, Blackspurs currently sit at the top with four points following two games. 

However, Blackspurs will have to conjure some magic if they intend to keep the lead. The soldiers, showcasing nine national players, are set to face Kickstart tomorrow, and word on the ground is they will take the lead against the teams sporting a few veterans, who currently sit at the bottom of the pack.

The Mighty Blues are expected to hold onto the top spot in Group F. They currently are leading the way after winning their games against Cosmos (3-1) and the St Andrew Lions (1-0). However, second place is still up for grabs as both the Lions and Whitehall Titans have three points after two games, but the Lions are ahead on goal difference. While Cosmos still have one game left to play in this round, they would be seeing their way out and back to the drawing board as they are at the bottom of the table.

Wales are also set to move onto the Championship Stage and are marked to win their final game against Central League Spartans later this week. Silver Sands currently stand in second position on six points, but that can change in the blink of an eye if Brittons Hill wins their game against Technique on Thursday. Then it will be a battle to the end between the two teams to see who makes it through to the Championship Stage and who goes back to their base empty-handed.

Technique, who had a proper game on Sunday against Wales, largely due to the efforts of Ishem Ellis, will be hoping to pull off a win against Brittons Hill on Thursday. Head coach Andrew Tudor will have to take the Spartans back to their camp in St George and work harder on their fighting spirit, as they have all but lost their chances of advancing, even with one game left to play.

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