Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Bagatelle’s time to shine


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IT WILL BE a date with destiny for the Lord Willoughby Tavern Bagatelle United footballers at the National Stadium tonight.With the Digicel Premier League football title already lodged in Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame’s trophy cabinet, attention now switches to which team will join St John Sonnets in the top flight next season.Bagatelle will have their fate in their hands when they play the University of the West Indies (UWI) at 6 p.m.The match is sandwiched between a Premier League double header and is almost certain to attract more attention than the two top-flight matches.The die-hard Redman Village, St Thomas football posse will no doubt converge on the stadium to cheer on Bagatelle on what could be a historic night for the St Thomas side.Apart from St Joseph, St Thomas is the only other parish which never had a representative football team playing in the Premiership.    Youth Milan carry the flagfor St Lucy; Technico and Kognicky Braves (now Sunrise) were once the standard-bearers for St Peter, while Nascimento and Clarkes Hill were once the representatives from St Andrew and St Philip, respectively, with Sonnets providing St John’s berth and Ellerton doing so for St George. Christ Church have had the likes of Pride of Gall Hill, Paradise, Silver Sands, and Maxwell, while there have been several teams from St Michael over the years. Bagatelle, who led the competition for most of the season, are on 48 points, three behind St John Sonnets who have completed all their matches.But most significantly, Bagatelle are one point adrift of KDJ Auto Parts Dayrells Road, who ended on 49 points.Bagatelle have a superior goal difference to both Sonnets and Dayrells Road, and a victory over the fourth-placed UWI side(38 points) would see them capturing the overall Division 1 title.A draw would also assure them of the second promotion spot, denying Dayrells Road the chance to play among the big boys next year.Dayrells Road have only themselves to blame for not securing a berth, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by the lowly Eden Stars in their final gamelast Monday.The evening programme will start with Lucky Horseshoe Ellerton opposing Pinelands at 4 p.m. in the first Premiership encounter.The Dames will then be looking to end the Premiership in style against the attractive ICE Group Wales in what should be an exciting encounter at 8 p.m.Meanwhile, the second round Banks Knockout Cup football match between Shawn Hope United and Paradise has been rescheduled for Tuesday at the Bagatelle Playing Fieldat 6:30 p.m.(EZS)


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