by Ian “Magic” Hughes
Rakeem Henry scored a late goal five minutes from time to give Jennings Grenades a very important win in the main fixture of the ABFA’s double header on Sunday at the ARG.
Grenades defeated Old Road 1-0 to leapfrog the losers into second place on the points-standings, seven points behind leaders Hoppers.
It was a crucial win for the team coached by former national striker Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards.
“Our main goal this season was to finish in the top three of the competition,” Edwards said. “This win, therefore, was extremely important for us.”
While his eyes are not on the title, which according to Edwards is pretty much decided as Hoppers continues to hold firm at the top, each victory is vital.
“We may not be able to catch Hoppers but wins against teams that are level with us or above us on points are important,” the coach said. “Our goal difference is nothing to write home about, so we must win games if we are to fulfill our mission.”
Earlier in the day, Rangers demonstrated that they are no strangers to the premiership with a surprising 3-1 win over Pigotts Bullets.
Once at the bottom-of-the-points standings, Rangers came out firing on Sunday and got instant success with a Shaquille Carr strike as early as the second minute.
Bullets trailed 0-3 by the break following additional goals by Albert Micheal in the 39th minute and Junior Benjamin in extra time of the first half.
Troy Reid pulled back a goal back Bullets eight minutes after intermission, but it was all the reprieve the Pigotts men got on the night.
On Saturday, Peter Byers and Sap jumped all over Five Islands, beating them 4-2 in game one of the double-header.
Five Islands was down 0-4 within the first 28 minutes with double strikes by Byers in the 14th and 28th minutes.
Elvis “Chung” Thomas gave Sap the lead in the 3rd minute before Byers doubled the advantage with his first strike.
Okeem “Soda” Challenger tripled the score two minutes later then Byers inflicted more damage with his second conversion.
In the second half it was all Five Islands, and despite pulling two goals back the damage was already done and Sap held on for the win.
Later Empire and defending champions Parham played to a 1-1 draw.
Kenneth Goldburn gave Parham the lead in the 16th before Theo Browne leveled the score ten minutes after intermission.
Parham did well to hold out for the draw as they had to play the final 21 minutes with ten men after Teran Williams received his walking ticket for violent conduct.