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Ellerton and Empire set to advance to Capelli quarterfinals

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The final eight teams will take to the Wildey Turf this weekend and do battle to determine final places in the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup quarterfinals.

First out the blocks tomorrow night is Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) and Empire, scheduled to put boots to the Turf at 7 p.m., followed by Youth Milan and Ellerton in the nightcap game at 9 p.m.

Both BSA and Milan will be looking to pull through in their do or die showdowns in Group 4 and 2 respectively, against two of the top-flight teams throughout this competition. They will both be looking for a win to advance to the next stage.

Last weekend BSA fell 7-0 in a daunting match against Paradise, while Milan went down 2-3 to Pride of Gall Hill in a hard-fought game.

The Dane Alleyne led Empire will be expected to cruise to a comfortable victory over BSA. Staring the likes of Zinio Harris, who has six goals under his boots for the tournament, BSA will have to come with a high defensive strategy to stop the striker who has been unrelenting throughout the entire tournament.

Additionally, Jabarry “Pappy” Chandler, who has captured five goals thus far, helped by Brazilian Daniel Calvi will certainly be formidable opposition.

Head coach of BSA, Fitzgerald Carter will be looking to use his last few cards to cop a win over the Mighty Blues. Thus far, BSA has managed to keep their feet in the game, but they will have to band together if they intend to book a place in the next round.

Similarly, Ellerton led by captain Shakille Belle, who has been nothing short of phenomenal throughout the tournament, having scored six goals throughout the tournament, will be looking to maintain their clean sheet.

Belle, however, has been helped along by Shaquan Clarke, who has scored a whopping seven goals, Roshon “Speedy” Gittens, Romario Drakes, and Shaine Hermas, who have all propelled Ellerton to four victories.

While Milan will be looking to secure a much-needed victory, they would have to step up their game, especially on the defensive side, if they are ever to shake down their St George opponent. To date, they have shown they lack no amount of enthusiasm, but their quality of game usually dips in the second half to their detriment.

All bets will be on to see who advances to take home the top prize of $50,000.

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