BOMBERS’ THRILL TIGHTENS CHASE
Nursing a 2-point lead and looking to run out the clock to cap a persistent, slow-burn of a comeback of their own, a costly Swans turnover at midfield instead resulted in a booming, take-charge major from the Bombers’ Kyle Roun.
Tampa Bay iced the proceedings seconds later on an errant St. Petersburg kick-in before the buzzer.
Tampa Bay’s 110-100 win further erodes an early stretch of St. Petersburg dominance at the top of the ladder.
Now sitting at 5-3, the Swans to-date wire-to-wire reign on the 2018 Major League Footy Premiership Season ladder is suddenly looking perilous, in part due to circuit’s unbalanced schedule format.
Two consecutive losses (to Tampa Bay and a 51-point drubbing by the Miami Saints at Ft. Lauderdale) have brought St. Petersburg back to within striking distance of the rest of the pack.
With just three games remaining on the schedule, the Swans likely can maintain a Finals spot with any victory – but it may not work out that way.
At 3-1, the second-place Miami Saints are of course the major threat, but the upstart Bombers (2-2), the Florida Lions (2-0) and Starfish FC (1-2) also all loom large for the stretch run, as each has up to six games remaining, and each could pass the Swans up on the chase.
St. Pete’s slumping score differential also lurks as a potential hazard, with two blowout losses making the Swans’ current view from atop the ladder one full of dangers from below.
While the St. Petersburg will not return to MLF action until August 11 in a rematch with Miami (3-1), the ladder battle will heat up Saturday, July 21 when the Lions take on Starfish FC in a matinee twin-bill.
A sweep of this weekend’s affair would rocket the Leos to 4-0, into second place and easily within striking range.
For nearly a full month, the Bloods can only watch and hope for the best.