Jennings Grenades moved to the top of the ABFA premier division standings following a 2-0 victory over last placed Five Islands on Saturday.
Playing in the feature match of a double header, Rakeem Henry scored twice to lift Grenades to 15 points from seven matches.
Henry received two ‘gifts certificates’ from the Five Islands defence which he readily accepted and instantly cashed in.
The first came in the ninth minute when the Five Islands custodian spilled the ball from a tame shot into the path of an advancing Henry who tucked away easily.
Three minutes later, gift number two came following an injudicious tackle in the area which resulted in a penalty kick.
Once again Henry hit home with ease into the top right hand corner sending the keeper to his left.
Except for a number of close calls on both ends the match was relatively non eventful and Grenades took away maximum points.
Grenades coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards, though not extremely thrilled at the game was pleased with the result.
“We came into this match for three points and we got just what we wanted,” Edwards said.
“I guess we could have played a more exciting game with more goals but at the end of the day the win was the most important aspect and we did what we needed to do.”
With one game let for Grenades in the first round against Empire, Edwards is of the view that a win then will certainly place his team in good stead for the second round.
“We just need to remain focused,” the former prolific national striker, dubbed ‘number four must score’ emphasized.
“We came into the season seeking a championship and while we are not exactly where we would like to be at least we are in contention.
“I was hoping for 23 points in the first round but we did not get off to the type of start we expected,” Edwards confessed.
“However, we are still there (at the top) and once we remain focused and win our final first round match we would be in a position to make a run for the title.”
Grenades sit atop the standings followed closely by Hoppers and Empire both locked on 13 points.
While Grenades would have played eight games however, Empire and Hoppers have played seven and five games respectively.
Empire had an opportunity to move ahead of Grenades during the opening game but was held to a 2-2 draw by Fort Road.
Empire had high hopes of picking off Fort Road who suffered its worst defeat of the season falling 1-5 to Old Road last week.
But an early goal by Roger Hurst in the 26th minute gave Fort Road the lead before Bryan Edwards equalized five minutes later for Empire.
Tied 1-1 at the break Empire came out firing on all cylinders in the second half and the urgency resulted in a goal by Tash Harris.
It was a superb build up by the Empire offence that left the Fort Road defence in disarray and trailing at the end of the process.
Empire should have increased its lead via the penalty spot but Shakimba “YAYA” Williams hit hard and high onto the wood work from the spot.
That miss proved crucial as Alren Lewis hit home from inside the area with 20 minutes left in the encounter to give Fort Road a share of the points.