This weekend’s football action saw PHC all but wrap up the Bermuda Football Association’s (BFA) Premier Division championship, while Boulevard were confirmed as the second club to be relegated, joining already doomed Robin Hood.
Zebras beat defending champions Dandy Town 2-0 on Saturday night at PHC Stadium, to place themselves three points ahead of Devonshire Cougars, who defeated North Village 2-1 on Sunday.
However, Cougars, with a vastly inferior goal difference will have to beat Robin Hood by a massive scoeline, while having PHC lose badly against Blazers at home to stand a chance of overcoming the leaders, who still have a triple crown season in mind – PHC have already won the Friendship Trophy and have qualified for the final of the season ending FA Cup, along with Village.
At the opposite end of the top division, on Sunday Boulevard were in a must-win situation against Somerset, the team immediately above them and the only one they could, potentially, catch. Blazers were on course for victory with a 1-0 lead early in the second half, only to have Trojans come back to snatch a 1-1 draw, which put them in a safe position heading into the final round of matches.
Meanwhile, the First Division title remained in doubt, with just three points separating the top three positions, meaning that neither of the two promotion places have been secured, nor so the titlists.
Paget are in pole position to make the jump into the Premier Division next season, with 33 points, just ahead of second placed Wolves (32 points) and Young Men’s Social Club (30 points) in third.
All three clubs won matches over the weekend, with Paget defeating BAA 3-1, Wolves downing Somerset Eagles 2-0 and Social Club edging past Devonshire Colts 1-0.
Thus, set for next week is a critical clash between Lions and Wolves, with Paget needing but a draw to secure both the title and promotion, while a Wolves victory would guarantee the Hermitage Road outfit the same scenario.
Social Club, however, are lurking close by, waiting to pounce and move up, with a loss by Wolves, combined with a Bluebirds triumph over Southampton Rangers earning them the second promotion spot, while a more unlikely situation for their upward progression requires a heavy defeat by Paget, which could also enable Bluebirds to slip through to second place with a victory.
The following are the current standings, with one round of matches remaining:
42 PHC Zebras
39 Devonshire Cougars
37 St. George’s Colts
34 North Village Rams
24 Hamilton Parish
22 Dandy Town Hornets
17 Somerset Trojans
11 Boulevard Blazers
01 Robin Hood
33 Paget Lions
30 Young Men Social Club
24 Devonshire Colts
23 Southampton Rangers
16 St. David’s
09 Ireland Rangers
03 Somerset Eagles
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