Bodden Town only need to hold their nerve to win the Premier League title after reigning champions Scholars International dropped what before the match looked like two guaranteed points against bottom side Tigers.
Rampant BT won 4-2 at North Side thanks to goals by Maynor Rodriguez, Danu Smith, Alex Belcher and Dwayne “Gaza” Wright on Sunday.
BT want to win the Premier League in honour of late teammate Gerome “Bird” Graham, who died from an undetected enlarged heart last June and with brother Kareem James in the side, they look on course to do just that.
Dwayne Wilson got both North Side strikes. That was BT’s 15th victory in 18 matches against only two losses and a draw.
Newcomers North Side look set to return to the First Division. They have struggled all season, winning only three times.
North Side are seventh and likely to need two playoff games with Roma – who are second in the First Division – to decide who represents in the Premiership next term.
BT’s comfortable win was no surprise. But the weekend’s biggest talking point was Scholars managing only a 1-1 draw with rejuvenated Tigers, who have not won all season.
This was only Tigers’ fourth draw and although they could still survive if they win their three remaining matches and leapfrog North Side and then win in the playoffs, it looks nigh on impossible.
Their spirited fight against Scholars was admirable and it’s a pity they had not found that resistance earlier in the campaign.
Scholars had most of the possession but had to wait until just before the break to take the lead, through Damalay Howelle.
The expected second half flood never came as the Tigers’ youngsters defended superbly and relied on the occasional forage up the other end.
The tactic paid off handsomely when substitute Jessus Torres equalised in the 69th minute, soon after coming on. Torres resurrected Tigers’ hopes with a divine goal.
Scholars are now six points behind Bodden Town on 41, but still have to play the champions-elect away.
Scholars were hoping to improve their slight goal difference advantage over BT by thrashing Tigers but that is now reduced to one. So there will be everything to play for when they meet in a couple of weeks at “The Office”.
Elite’s title challenge has dropped off recently, but they refound their form against Academy at the North Side ground with a 7-3 win with the biggest contribution coming from a Marvin Boothe hat trick. Cesar Dixon, Rene Carter, Dayron Munoz and Glenn Chollette also scored.
Yannick Solomon got a brace for Academy and Vito Welcome scored the other.
George Town beat Cayman Athletic, 3-1, in the other match at the TE McField Annex with two by the prolific midfielder Fabian “Daddy” Malcolm and Metchie Williams.
Kevin Foster had another solid game for Athletic at left-back.
Matthew Suberan probably scored the best goal of the weekend in reply, a superb 20-yarder after rounding two defenders.
FA Cup quarterfinal action is the focus this Sunday. At West Bay’s Ed Bush Stadium, Roma face Tigers at 5pm and East End are up against Elite in the 7pm match.
Academy take on George Town early at the TE McField Annex and Bodden Town face Division One leaders Sunset afterward.
The FA Cup semifinals are at the TE McField Annex on 28 April and the final is also there on 19 May.
The next Premier League games are on 21 April at Ed Bush and the Annex. The West Bay games are between Scholars International and George Town (5pm) and Elite against Cayman Athletic (7pm).
Academy play North Side first at the Annex and then Tigers hope to cause another upset against the always fully-focused Bodden Town.