THE big semi-final showdown in the Sandals St Ann/St Mary Business House Football League takes place today with favourites Gran Bahia Principe tackling newcomers Baking Enterprise in the opening encounter at 4:00 pm.
In the feature match at 6:00, Couples Tower Isle battle Beaches Ocho Rios.
Gran Bahia Principe, following their 3-0 demolition of defending champions Couples Sans Souci, are now wearing the favourites' tag, but the Baking Enterprise team has been playing inspired football and will be coming to upset the applecart.
Marvin Stewart will be the man leading the Gran Bahia charge and also the player responsible for finding the back of the net. Baking Enterprise will be depending on the likes of Mauricio Gordon and Carlos Campbell, two deadly strikers who have been terrorising defenders all season.
Gran Bahia Principe have been the best team in the league this season, having won all their matches in the qualifying and quarter-final rounds and are brimming with confidence. Baking Enterprise have struck a rich vein of form of late and their management is confident that they will be the team to halt the Gran Bahia juggernaut.
The feature match will pit the league's other unbeaten team, Couples Tower Isle, against a solid and confident Beaches Ocho Rios aggregation. The teams met once before in the qualifying rounds, with Couples claiming a slim 1-0 win in a hard-fought contest. Beaches manager Lennox Green said his team is good enough to reverse the earlier loss.
Beaches will be led by Dane Richards, Leroy Marsh and Jari Abuu, while Couples will be banking on Andre Harrison and Carlos Smith to lead them to victory.
League organiser Danny Beckford, who is also president of the St Ann Football Association, said he was looking forward to a keenly contested encounter. "I am very happy with the quality of the four semi-finalists. They have played well and any of the four can win," Beckford noted.
Ian Spencer, regional public relations manager for Sandals Resorts, also lauded the quality of football played so far. "The teams have been playing well; our only concern has been the discipline of some players and consistency of refereeing; but so far it has been a good season."