Jennings Grenades left the ARG with a point against Empire following a brilliant match saving performance by keeper Michaud Bennett.
In the dying stages of a keenly contested 1-1 game, Bennett stared down Azihno Solomon at the penalty spot and denied the Empire forward from enjoying glory.
It was a controversial call by referee Vanroy Burns, at least that’s according to coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards who had a few choice words for the official.
On what appeared to be a routine defensive play to stave off an attacking player in the area, Burns blew his whistle for a foul and awarded the penalty.
Solomon hit to the keeper’s right and Bennett stuck out his hand, made the save and gave his team a share of the points.
The referee’s decision however, drew harsh criticisms from Edwards who must have thought his team would go down in the extra time.
Bennett had a great game.
His work between the uprights might have been the single most important and game saving performance for Grenades who led by a goal in the 12th minute.
Kyle Edwards made a flashing run at the Empire defence on the right, leaving two defenders in his wake before hitting past goalie Eddie Solano.
The first half clearly belonged to Grenades who pressured Empire but Solano and the Empire defence was equal to the task, not allowing further damage.
Seventeen minutes after intermission, following a melee caused on a corner kick, Tevaughn Joseph got a gift inside the six and hit home the equalizer.
Empire pressured for a victory and came close but for a brilliant diving save by Bennett.
Justin “Trini” Pereira picked up a ball from outside the area, beat two defenders and hit with pace.
It looked like a sure goal but Bennett dove to his left, stuck a hand out and pulled off a spectacular save.
Both teams pushed for maximum points but both keepers made great saves to deny any more goals during the run of play.
Earlier in the day Pigotts Bullets held front runners Green Bay Hoppers to and 0-0 draw.
Hoppers must have been looking to improve its lead at the top of the table but a spirited Bullets had other ideas.
The Bullets fans gave its players a standing ovation after the game for an effort worthy of praise.
In the first round Bullets received its worst defeat at the hands of the league leaders but on Sunday Hoppers had to settle for a draw.
On Saturday, Old Road defeated Five Islands 2-0 and Sap got a rare win a 1-0 result over Fort Road.
On Wednesday, defending champions Parham will come up against the struggling Rangers where a victory for Parham will place them in a three way tie in points with Grenades and Empire.