Noelita Lawrence – Staff Reporter
It will be a crucial and must-win showdown for Montego Bay Boys’ and Girls’ Club (MBBGC) today, Monday, April 29, when they come face-to-face with out of contention Marl Road in a vital clash in the St. James FA Sandals Resorts International Major League encounter at the UDC field beginning at 3:30 p.m.
MBBGC, occupying third spot in Zone Two, must win what will be their final contest, and improve their goals tally if they are to keep alive their hopes of progress to the semi-finals.
Marl Road occupy bottom spot and have no hopes of making the playoffs, however, having been one of the free-scoring teams in the League, fireworks are expected as they know how to put the ball in the back of the net and will be against a defense that has at times proved vulnerable.
Should MBBGC manage a win, it would move them to 15 points and into second position with Heights, for at least 24 hours, before last year’s beaten finalist contest their final preliminary round match.
They would also be required to win by at least a four-goal margin to nudge ahead on goal difference.
Meanwhile Heights, seeded second in the zone entering the final game, will be required only to avoid defeat to punch their ticket to the semis for the third straight year.
PLAYING FOR PRIDE
In the meantime, Lilliput Rovers and Catherine Hall ended their preliminary round with the former warming up for the last four action with a less-than-impressive 1-0 win in a lone game on Thursday afternoon, April 25.
Substitute Terrick Dixon provided the all important strike in the 58th minute, mere five minutes after entering the field.
After a very late start due to the lack of available players for the Catherine Hall team, Rovers, already assured of a semi-final slot after winning Zone One, started slow in the encounter and was pinned on the back foot with Catherine Hall’s eight outfield players calling all the shots in the attacking half.
Dixon entered the field 10 minutes into the resumption and quickly got on the scoresheet when he pressed a defender to turn at the top of his own penalty area, before robbing him of possession and rifling into the back of the net.
The victory was a League-high 8 for Rovers and pushed them to an improbable 24 points.
Former Premier League champions Violet Kickers, Irwin and perennial semi-finalists Melbourne Mind Games, are also among those hunting a semi-final berth.