With eight teams already eliminated following the end of the group stage, the Ministry of Health/Petra Organization Soft Shoe Championship will enter the round of 16 stage today at the Ministry of Education ground.
The opening matchup at 21:00hrs will pit Holmes Street Tiger Bay against North East La Penitence. In terms of the numbers, the two teams are equal, with both teams netting six goals in their previous three matches and conceding four times.
In the second fixture at 21:45hrs, Alexander Village will tackle Queen Street Tiger Bay. In this case, the Tiger Bay unit will start the matchup as the favourite due to their superior numbers.
Offensively, Queen Street has recorded eight goals while conceding four times. For Alexander Village, six goals highlight their offensive and four goals illustrate their defence.
The third contest will witness the clash of Kitty Weavers and Leopold Street at 22:30hrs, with the veteran Kitty unit claiming the favourite tag compliments six goals registered in the group stage alongside only one concession.
On the other hand, Leopold Street has only scored thrice but has conceded twice. Meanwhile, the final showdown at 23:15hrs is slated to be high scoring contest as holders Sparta Boss oppose Albouystown.
The holders who are based in East La Penitence have had an inconsistent tourney thus far, evident by their qualification as a third place finisher in the group.
Their numbers highlight the struggles, with a defensive record showcasing seven goals shipped in alongside eight goals scored. In the case of group winner Albouystown, 10 goals were scored by the strike force while five goals conceded by the backline.
The event will then resume on June 29th at the Santos Training Area on the Square of the Revolution. In the opening fixture from 21:00hrs, Channel-9-Warriors will oppose Broad Street while Campbellville will lock horns with Tucville from 21:45hrs.
In the third fixture at 22:30hrs, North Ruimveldt will tackle Globe Yard while the final matchup of the night will pit last year’s defeated finalist West Front Road against the always dangerous Sophia from 23:15hrs.
Following the conclusion of this round, the event will enter the quarterfinal stage. Winner of the event will collect $300,000 and the Championship trophy while the second placed side will receive $200,000 and the runners-up accolade.
On the other hand, the third placed side will receive $100,000 and the respective trophy while the fourth place finishers will pocket $50,000 and the corresponding title.
On the individual side, prizes will be awarded to the event’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) and Highest Goal Scorer. Sponsors of the event include the Ministry of Public Health, GTT, Lucky Dollar, Nigel Supermarket, Junior’s Jewellery, Star Party Rentals and 2-J’s General Store.