SOCCER supporters in the northern areas will be spoilt for choice this weekend as the Nafa season heads for one of the most thrilling finishes in years.
Tomorrow, Glenville and Bloom Callies continue their two-horse race for the Premier League title and on Sunday both teams will be contesting the quarterfinals of the prestigious Mala Moodaley KO Cup competition at Finnis Street fields.
While Glenville are the defending Mala Moodaley champions and have previously won the Premier League, victory in either competition will be a first for Callies, who are celebrating their 35th anniversary this year.
Earlier this year they won the Nafa Easter Tournament for the first time.
Callies trail Glenville by four points but have a match in hand.
Tomorrow they face Blackpool in Windvogel and must repeat their win in the first round to keep the pressure on the log-leaders.
They will not find it easy to win again as Blackpool must still be smarting over their surprise 1-0 defeat by Chatty last week, which ended their slim chance of overtaking the frontrunners.
Glenville host Shamrocks at the Errol Heynes field and anything but maximum points will prove costly for them. In the first round they won 3-0 but they cannot take victory for granted as the Rocks can beat the best on their day.
Saints, fighting against relegation after having 11 points docked, play Fairview Rovers on their home ground. In the first round they lost 3-2 to Rovers.
With Stardrift and Ramblers seven points ahead, Saints must secure maximum points.
Their task may be easier this time as the defending champions will be focusing their attention on their debut match in the Safa-NMB SAB League against Peace United.
In a repeat of last year's final Glenville and Rangers clash in the Mala Moodaley KO Cup competition on Sunday.
Glenville are the defending champions after beating Rangers 3-0. While Glenville have won the trophy on previous occasions, Rangers have never lifted the trophy.
In the previous round Glenville overcame an early fright which saw them trailing 1-2, to thrash Lakeshire 6-2, with skipper John Barnes scoring a hat-trick in the space of 12 minutes.
Rangers, on the other hand, sneaked home via a penalty shootout against Shamrocks.
The pick of the quarterfinals should be the showdown between Blackpool and Park United, both previous winners.
In the previous round Blackpool beat Ramblers in a penalty shootout thanks to an outstanding performance by goalkeeper Leroy Goliath. The winner of the best goalkeeper award in the Mayoral Cup contest saved two penalties to secure the quarterfinal berth for Blackpool. United had an easy passage – a walkover against Celtic.
For both teams, out of the league race, the competition is the last chance to collect some silverware.
Bloom Callies should advance to the semis when they play neighbours Chatty United. Both teams were in the top four last year but Chatty have failed to reproduce that form and are 12th on the log.
The quarterfinal between West Lake and Stardrift could go either way. Both teams have a remote chance of winning the event.
Tomorrow: Blackpool v Bloom Callies (Windvogel); Park United v Chatty (Arcadia); Ebenezer v Ramblers (Gelvan 1); Saints v Fairview Rovers (Saints); Glenville v Shamrocks (Errol Heynes); Stardrift v Helenvale (Marock Rd); Hotspurs v Swallows (Dyke); Wolves v West Lake (Gelvan 2)
Sunday, Mala Moodaley KO Cup quarterfinals: Glenville v Rangers; Bloom Callies v Chatty; West Lake v Stardrift; Blackpool v Park United (all Finnis Street)