He is listed as the team’s coach but on Saturday, Steveroy “Demon” Anthony down uniform and took to the field to lead La Bussola Willikies to a one-nil victory over Cool & Smooth Empire.
Anthony struck just after the half hour, a goal from the ‘top shelf.’
The victory gave Willikies three very important points and some breathing room from the bottom of the table.
The former national team utility player was a ‘thorn in the flesh’ of the Empire defence all day and should have had two more goals, headers that missed from close range.
But it was Anthony’s strike from about 25 yards that had fans, on ‘both sides of the fence’ hollowing at the ARG.
He received a ball from the right flank, controlled and as the ball bounced off the ground hit over the head of goalie Kendel Honere who was caught ‘dead’ off his line.
Anthony threatened again and again with headers that were either struck wide or over the crossbar.
Once again Empire looked out of sorts on offence and was unable to break through the disciplined Willikies defence.
Both teams entered the game needing to win and with the experience and legacy of Empire with 14 titles in the past, the Grays farm team held the advantage.
It was Willikies though that showed more courage and urgency and was rewarded with the win to lift them to 17 points, leaving Sugar Ridge Sap (15), Empire (12) and Pigotts Bullets (11) in the cellar.
With three games left in the 2011/2012 season and second from the bottom, the likelihood of Empire being relegated is very obvious.
Earlier, in the first game of the double header of the ABFA’s premier division Champion Footwear Hoppers and Hospitality Services Sea View Farm drew 1-1.
In the 37th minute Chicken Telemaque gave Farm the lead from long range before Tamarley “Ziggy” Thomas equalized two minutes later.
Thomas took his tally to nine goals, second to Stephan “Tommy” Smith of Lime Old Road who leads the league with 13 goals.
Hoppers and Farm are tied on 22 points, in fourth and fifth positions with Hoppers earning the better spot due to a superior goal difference of five to Farm’s nil.