Yes, football fans…….coming to you straight from Antiguafootball.com is a recap of the ABFA’s Premier Division Football Round Up. We got the details of the five matches lined here just for you…just in case you did not get a chance to see them.

Defending Champions SAP outplay Bassa, 2 goals to 0
Jennings Grenades defeated Urlings 2 goals to 1
Parham Dominates Old Road 3-1
Moreover, Sani-Pro Fort Road Clean-Sweeps Ottos Rangers 2-0
However, the biggest news is 5 Island’s Brazillian striker Diegio Silva gives Hoppers a run for their money

Defending Champions SAP outplay Bassa, 2 goals to 0

In the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader both teams are cautiously probing each other’s defences, but with deceptive footwork SAP’s right-winger orchestrated the beginning of Bassa’s demise in the 35th minute.

Feinting right, left, then right again, out-maneuvering his opponent and powerfully whipping the ball into the goal mouth area and forcing Bassa into an own goal situation, 1-0.

At the other end, Bassa was on target with a free kick (FK) that stung the goal keeper’s (GK) hands. However on the counter attack Peter Byers took a blistering shot to remind the spectators that they were the defending champions.

From that moment, SAP took over the game and rained countless advances in Bassa’s attacking third, including a cross from Byers. Byers also gifted Rockley Thomas with a header that he placed wide and a left footed torpedo from Odel Murray, which the GK had to tip over the bar for a corner.

SAP was then reduced to ten men when Blake Thompson was, therefore,booked for a second cautionable offence.Imron Ponteen also signed his name on the score sheet when he added a header to give his team a 2-0 advantage.
Bassa then lost one of their attackers to a second bookable offense, but it did not have any significance on the score line that remained the same till the end of the play.

In the feature match:
Jennings Grenades defeated Urlings 2 goals to 1

The round south derby commenced with Quinton Griffith hit one like a rocket from 25 yards out. Urlings continued to apply the pressure but were only able to create a few half chances.

Persistently, Urlings went ahead 1-0 when Quinton Griffith flew down the flank and rocked the ball in a cross to find Lloyd Jeremy jumping high and heading it into the back of the net.

Grenades equalized through Oalex Anderson, who capitalized on a bad pass from the Urlings defence. Making 1-1
Grenades Coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards was dismissed from the technical area in the 65th minute.

Rakeem Henry sealed the deal for the defending champs 2-1 when Urlings took their foot off the gas, waiting for the referee to address an injured team-mate. The referee in his discretion allowed play to continue, and the goal stood.

In Sunday’s Tripple Header:
Sani-Pro Fort Road Clean-Sweeps Ottos Rangers 2-0

Zakeem Michael put the Sani-tation unit ahead 1-0 in the 3rd minute as both sides continued to battle it out till the end of the 1st half.
Rangers came out more attacking in the 2nd half, but the Fort Road Keeper was the difference between the uprights.

Milton Correa scored the 2nd goal for Fort Road in the 69th minute but in the 70th minute Rangers received a penalty. The Fort Road GK Richard Reynolds kept his sheet clean when he dived to his left to stop the shot. He was later substituted after sustaining an injury, but his team had already done the sanitary works on the Ranger’s squad.

The victory took Fort to 5th place on 7 points

Parham Dominates Old Road 3-1

Parham continued their dominance in possession and passing as they went on in search of another victory. However, they went behind when Stephan Smith of Old Road, converted in the 24 minute. Smith and his team mates continued to make advances into the Parham defence.

Things then took a turn for the worse when Parham’s Tavaughn “Peter Reds” Harriet recorded a hat-trick after scoring in the 54th, 58th and 62nd minute of play.

Parham remains in 2nd place on 10 points, just 2 points adrift of the leaders SAP.

In the feature match of the evening:
5 Island’s Brazillian striker Diegio Silva gives Hoppers a run for their money

In a highly entertaining contest, 5 islands missed out on a number of chances throughout the match including an early chance to go ahead. However, Hoppers’ Tamarley “Ziggy” Thomas with his blistering speed made them pay at the other end.

However, it was in the 10 minute that the ARG witnessed the sheer quality of from 5 Island newest import Deigo Silva. The Brazilian international received a long diagonal ball on the right over the head of a defensive player; Silva controlled and released one of the wickedest shot the ARG has seen this season. The shot was from an acute angle and hit so powerfully that it flew like a rocket hitting the under-side of the crossbar and raising the roof of the net 1-1.

His efforts had the whole stadium buzzing; his dribbling was immaculate, but he had little and no support from his team-mates who could get him enough ball as well as missing easy chances.
Donald Francis miss an opportunity to put 5 Islands ahead in the 15th minute at one end, but Brandon Emmanuel of Hoppers was accurate with his attempt at the other making it 2-1.

Referee Kerry Skepple gave Keith Kelly got his marching orders in the 37th minute reducing Hoppers to 10 men. Two minutes later a handball infringement in the box was called against 5 Islands as Hoppers converted a penalty kick through Ken Pennyfeather putting the ball in the left corner past the GK giving them a 3-1 lead.

The ARG crowd enjoyed watching Silva as he displayed a lot of his talent whenever he had the ball. The entertainment that was not very often since his team mates struggled throughout the whole event. Silva attempted a free kick from 25 yards out but apologized to the fans after failing to score that was very noble of him.
However, the hero turned villain and was issued a yellow card, when he kicked away the ball after it was played into touch. Deigo indicated that he was being treated unsportingly by the players and officials.

Silva pulled the game back 3-2 when he eventually manage to get the ball in the 67th minute and with his weaker left foot fired another outstanding screamer. Unbelievable, the quality of those two shots, were by far the best the ARG has seen all season.

As much as the fans were enjoying his performance the Hoppers men were not having any of it as Tamarley Ziggy Thomas drop back in the defense and deny Diego access to the ball.
One of those tackle from Thomas saw him off the field via a stretcher but after being treated the resilient Brazilian walked back on to the cheers of an appreciative crowd.

However, more drama was still to come as the 5 Islands defenders overshadowed Silva’s showpiece with their disgraceful performance. Their GK, calling and approaching for the ball, however, was beaten when the defender headed it too hard over his head, Dennoy Campbell mopped up the loose ball and gave Hoppers the 4-2 lead.
In the 71st minute 5 Islands were awarded a penalty when Hoppers’ advancing GK crashed into an oncoming attacker and Silva, who was chosen to take the kick, secured a debut hat-trick for all his troubles.

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Alphaeus Tonge guest writer