Warriors-Galaxy battle highlights Elite League final four showdown
The final four combatants in the JFF/SportsMax Elite League are bracing for battle as Westmoreland Warriors face Clarendon Galaxy and KSAFA All-Stars tackle St Catherine Saints in semi-final action at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex on Saturday.
West Zone conquerors Westmoreland Warriors are arguably the pick of the competition so far and led by the competition’s second highest marksman Timar Lewis (9) have produced a tournament-leading 24 goals with a fearsome, balanced attack.
The free-scoring outfit could, however, be justified in having at least some apprehension facing West Zone runners-up Clarendon Galaxy in the 6:00pm encounter.
The Clarendon-based unit, who took the harder route to the semis with a win over Manchester Lions in last weekend’s playoffs, are the only team to have put a blemish on their perfect record to date.
Their doubts could be amplified by the fact that on that occasion, the Warriors were forced to claw their way back from a 3-0 half-time deficit to claim a share of the points, an encounter that serves as plenty of warning that the Galaxy are not to be trifled with.
The Warriors will almost certainly take note of another match-up with the tournament’s top scorer Creggton Charlton (12), who proved more than a handful the last time around.
In Saturday’s other semi-final, which kicks off proceedings at 3:30pm, the East Zone leaders and the tournament’s only other unbeaten team, KSAFA All-Stars, will prepare for another match-up with St Catherine Saints. Interestingly, the St Catherine outfit are also the only team to blot a near-perfect record for their Kingston rivals as the teams played to a 1-1 draw in the final preliminary-round match.
In fact it was the Saints who seemed destined for a victory on that occasion, that is until substitute Tyreek Magee came on to level things in stoppage time.
Having already qualified for the semi-final round, however, the All-Stars rested several players ahead of the encounter.