September 27, 2016

Milo football semifinals set for today

By Treiston Joseph

After a brilliant quarterfinal round on Sunday, the final four teams will now take the pitch for the semifinal round today at the Ministry of Education ground.

Action during the quarterfinal round

Action during the quarterfinal round

Defending champs Chase Academy and former champs Lodge secondary will now have a chance to become the only team in Milo history to win two title after their respective quarterfinal wins.
Chase comfortably topped North Georgetown 3-nil on Sunday behind a double from Ryan Hackett in the 16th and 48th minutes and will now have the opportunity to win back-to-back titles.
Contrastingly, 2014 champs Lodge fought for their semifinal berth with a 3-0 penalty win after a one all draw with last year’s finalist Dolphin Secondary.
Queen’s College and South Ruimveldt were the other two teams through to the semifinals.
Lodge will now butt heads with Queen’s College in a match that is expected to go the way of the former.
While Queen’s is a formidable squad and have the ability to score goals, Lodge is known for their ability to shut down the offence of their opposition, coupled with the ability to play good counter offence.
This will make Lodge a very dangerous side against a Queen’s College side that is known for their defensive lapses.
Meanwhile Chase will face South Ruimveldt in the other semifinal and while the latter is a good all-round side, the hurdle that is Chase just might be too high to jump.
Chase has not lost or drawn a match throughout the entirety of the 2016 tournament, making them the easy pick to repeat as champions.
However, a clash with the Lodge in the final might prove a stern test for the defending champs.
Nevertheless, all teams are in with a shot of lifting the title at this stage of the tournament with pundits deeming Chase Academy as favourites.
However, with the semifinal action still to be played today starting from 16:00h, the teams will have to prove their mettle on the pitch before the game of games on March 19.

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