Champion Footwear Greenbay Hoppers remain unbeaten, Old Road Pommels Farm, while Fort Road, Sap and All Saints United grabbed key victories in this weekend’s matches at the Antigua Recreation Grounds.
Defending Champions Lime Old Road had a goal scoring affair against Sea View Farm as the round-south men trounced the relegation threatened side 6-0. Contribution from 5 different players made sure Old Road inflicted defeat. Tash Harris, Stefan Smith, Akeem Thomas Orlando Mitchum and Gayson Gregory all found the back of the net. Farm’s defender Astel Joseph was guilty of adding an own goal to the score sheet.
In another affair Champion Footwear Greenbay Hoppers won by a 3-2 margin over Asot’s Arcade Parham in an exciting finish. Parham drew first blood through forward Kerry “Arab” Skepple from close range to take a 1-0 lead into the half.
But on resumption it was a close fought battle at both ends of the field in what was a drama filled second half. It all changed in the 80th minute when a Parham Goal keeping error caused a free kick to be awarded to Hoppers on the edge of the area.
However, the Green Bay men had lady luck on their side as the ensuing free kick was taken which led to Parham’s defender Damian Hardware bringing down midfielder Rolston “Lexi” Phoenix in the box. It forced referee Audwyn “Jama” Walsh to point to the penalty spot as well as reducing Parham to 10 men by giving Hardware his marching orders.
Midfielder Tony Thomas stepped up and put away the spot kick to level the score. But Hoppers was not done when a few minutes later substitute striker Kelly Frederick slot home from close range and defender Omarie Daniel adding another before time, capping off the comeback. Ranja Christian later added a consolation deep into extra time.
In another matche played over the weekend La Brussola Willikes is still winless after Marlon Williams gave the men from the east a bright start against Paradise Boat Sales Fort Road as early as the 11th minute. Fort Road later stormed back through Kareem Micheal and Pierre Cooke to give them a 2-1 win over Willikies.
Sugar Ridge Sap had to comeback late to take all three points from their encounter against A&R Celtics in a 3-1 win. Uroy Peters opened the scoring in the 8th minute before Santo Domingo born Francisco Abreu well placed free kick notched the score line at 1-1 until the 87th minute when Deshawn Samuel gave Sap the lead.But the prolific Peter Byers continued his goal scoring form adding the final goal before the full time whistle.
Sunday night’s feature match the much anticipated All Saints derby which pitted All Saints United versus Bassa in wet and soggy conditions didn’t lived up to the hype. A lackluster 1st half would only prove that the second period would be more exciting and fruitful for both teams.
Bassa opened the scoring through Roger Hurst in the 59th minute with a beautiful shot from the edge of the 18 yard box after United’s defenders failed to close down the forward with haste, but immediately after Kemoi Alexander answered for United 2 minutes later. The difference in the encounter however turned out to be United’s defender Williams Lewis Jr who drived his shot low and hard in the back of the net which won it for United 2-1.