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Clash for top spot

Friday, 25th May, 2012

Wade Gepp has added a spark to West since crossing from Celtic. Wade Gepp has added a spark to West since crossing from Celtic.

By Whoosh

Top of the table West Panthers take on the ever improving Alma Goats in a clash of major importance this Sunday at the O’Neil Soccer complex in a game pundits have been talking about all week.

West lead the table by just one point over Alma after 4 rounds and they will either go clear by 4 points with a victory or see Alma take over as top dogs by 2 points.

West have dominated local soccer for the last decade and will once again rely on their band of experienced campaigners to show the Goats who is the boss.

Players of the calibre of Bugeja, Hayward and Delbridge have been joined by some exciting new signings such as ex-Celtic Gepp and ex-Joeys West who have both slotted into the West team plan.

Youngster Gilmour has shown enough quality to suggest he will be a star of the future. Also Woods the new keeper has been in outstanding form with his kicking out a joy to watch. 

The experience of the Panthers should get them over the line against Alma, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see the tables turned. 

By all reports Alma have been training the house down this week in an attempt to overturn their recent run of bad luck against the Panthers.

Again they will rely on stalwarts such as Hebbard, McInerney, Symonds and Gageler to control their game plan, and feed the ball to the exciting Sarpong who with his recent goal scoring form might even be in line for a call up to Ghana’s national team! 

Prediction: West 2, Alma 1. Last time they met West def Alma 4-1.

The other A Grade match between CELTIC and St JOSEPH’S also shapes to be an encounter not to be missed.

Last time out Celtic caused arguably the biggest upset in recent times when they posted their first victory for quite some time over last year’s premiers.

St Joseph’s are playing nowhere near the quality they showed last year and one cannot think that the loss of a couple of players could make such a huge difference.

Grant Smith and George Callegher must be pulling what little hair they have left out of their heads searching for solutions for such a loss in form in their charges.

Perhaps this week could be their best chance to get their season back on track. Celtic’s previous win should give their squad a big confidence boost this weekend but that too could have been dented with a huge loss against West two weeks ago and a further defeat last week against Alma.

This should be an interesting game and depends greatly on which group of young players have the most passion and heart for their club.

Prediction: St Josephís 3, Celtic 0. Last time they met Celtic def St Joseph’s 4-1

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