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And Then There Were Four

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The Barbados Defence Force Programme (BDFSP) and Weymouth Wales have a rich history of facing each other to gain the championship.

And it will be no different when the two top-ranked teams take to the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey Turf in the nightcap game on Sunday to do battle in the semifinals of the inaugural Capelli SuperCup.

The competition saw 25 teams across Barbados compete against each other in their selective zones for a shot at the $50,000 grand prize. In addition, the MVP of the tournament is set to walk away with a brand new Hyundai.

In the quarterfinals played two weeks ago, Weymouth Wales dismissed Paradise 1-0, and UWI Blackbirds came back in a stunning game to send Empire home 1-0 as well. The previous quarterfinal matchup saw the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) quickly dispatch Pride of Gall Hill 5-0 after Ellerton booked their spot in the semis following a 2-1 win over the St Andrew Lions.

The early matchup, set to kick off at 6 p.m., will see Ellerton and UWI Blackbirds fight to make it to the top flight for the chance to cash in on the $50,000 grand prize.

The BDFSP, playing minus Captain Shane Codrington who was red-carded for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity right outside the box against Gall Hill, will be looking to do damage when they face Wales.

Currently, on stream with 30 goals, Rashad Jules and Nicholas Best have helped to bolster the St Ann’s Fort side with 15 goals between them.

The Carrington Village-based Wales, however, will be no walkover and will be looking to go hard against the soldiers. The Green Machine currently has 26 goals under their boots, and while they currently stand in third position, they go into the semi-final round in second position overall.

However, the Thomas Jordan led side have had a spectacular performance all tournament, with the likes of Ricardio Morris, Riverre Williams,  Arantees Lawrence and Walton Burrowes, who have all helped maintain their sides clean sheets.

Meanwhile, the Blackbirds will have to pull out all the stops if they intend to soar above the prolific Ellerton who currently has 33 goals, the most for the tournament.

Led by Captain Shakille Belle, the St George side has been a force to be reckoned with. UWI’s Head Coach Fabian Massiah will have to dig deep to find a way to soar above them, especially over the likes of Belle and Shaquan Clarke. Both players both have nine goals apiece and will be formidable with help from Shaine Hermas and Roshon “Speedy” Gittens.

While UWI managed to dismiss Empire in their quarter-final clash, they have only managed a mere ten goals throughout the tournament, with the teenaged Niall Reid-Stephen securing half of those goals. However, if UWI is to make a mark and secure a spot in the finals set for December 1, they would need to have a few tricks up their sleeves to make it past Ellerton.

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