Paul Clarke, Gleaner Writer
WESTERN BUREAU:At the start of the 2013 Captain's Bakery and Grill Western Confederation Super League, two teams in particular looked likely front-runners in the respective zones - Wadadah in Zone One and Tomorrow's People in Zone Two. And so it has been, with the two set to clash in today's mid-season final at Jarrett Park.
It also pits opposing top scorers for the respective clubs against each other, with Andy Johnson (Wadadah) and Donville Cornwall of Tomorrow's People leading the charge for the Golden Boot award at the end of the season. They both have four goals so far and could well add to that tally if either plays or manages to score today.
The plot thickens with Tomorrow's People's Gregory Tape, who numbers among the most dangerous attackers in the Super League. He has only scored twice so far, but could cause enough problems for Wadadah defenders if given space and time on the ball.
But with Damion Reid, Wadadah could themselves be leaving Jarrett Park after the 90 minutes a joyful bunch.
beat Savannah last year
They had their chance last year and, in fact, defeated Savannah FC 2-1 at the same stage last year, but faltered at the most inopportune time and failed in their bid to number among those seeking qualification again for the Premier League.
Both Wadadah and Tomorrow's People are enjoying an excellent start to the season - registering 13 wins between them, each with one defeat while accounting for 36 goals between them and only seven against.
Only the two relegated Premier League outfits, Reno FC and Village United, are providing serious competition.
Although insisting that he will be taking the game seriously, Wadadah coach, Daniel Ricketts, will also use the match to gauge how far the younger players in his squad have come since the transfer window. These include Anthony Walker, Alex McFarlane and Dashaun Hill.
"This game is serious business for us, but we also want to see some of our bright young players in these situations. It's just another game, but we still want to win it," said Ricketts.
In Paul 'Tegat' Davis, Tomorrow's People have a talented coach of their own and he is expected to employ decent tactics against the former Premier League champions, with the inclusion of a number of fringe players.
"This game will not offer any points and so while we take it seriously, we will use the opportunity to play some of our fringe players who may not have gotten a run yet."
Davis has a similar view, though expressed in different words.
"The real focus though is the cross-zone matches, which of course will give us points towards the semi-final," said Davis.