All Hail the Champs
Led by a second straight double strike by the league’s chief marksman Stephan “Tommy” Smith Old Road came from a goal down to finish its season the way it started, on a winning note.
The title was already decided on Wednesday when Sugar Ridge Sap hammered Special Security Services All Saints United 4-2 with a hat trick by Peter “Big Pete” Byers.
The celebration and trophy presentation were suspended till Sunday, the final day of the competition with Old Road playing the final scheduled game of the season.
The champagne that was on ice since last week when Old Road played United and lost leaving the Old Road fans ‘thirsty’ for the celebration.
While they could not stop the inevitable, the festivity, Farm seemed prepared to crash the fete by beating the champions, taking the lead in the fifth minute.
Kelvin Ferrance hit past Davion Christian, his second start in goal, much to the chagrin of Old Road after multiple misses.
Cruz Kelsick in goal for Farm was at the top of his game, denying Smith and the Old Road strikers from time to time.
It was only a matter of time however, before Smith broke through tying the game by the middle of the first half.
Late in the contest, Smith struck again, his 19th strike of the season, eight goals more than his main rival Tamarley “Ziggy” Thomas of Champion Footwear Green bay Hoppers.
By the end of the game, the Old Road fans, including the Urlings Iron Band took to the field in celebration of the team’s first premier division title.
“This was a tough road,” said coach Derrick “Pretty Boy” Edwards claiming that he would not trade the trails of the season for anything in the world.
“It was well worth the troubles.
“The guys stick to their task and I am pleased that we were able to keep to our game plan and come through at the end,” the coach stated.
At the trophy presentation, representative of the team’s sponsor, Paula Lee pledged her company’s commitment to the team.
“I tell you that Lime will be a part of Old Road football team for many more years,” Lee guaranteed.
President of the ABFA Everton “Batow” Gonsalves congratulated the team for its achievement and thanked the fans for their support of football in Antigua & Barbuda.
The premier division will be completed on Wednesday when Hoppers and last season’s champions Asot’s Arcade Parham play a rescheduled game at the ARG.
Hoppers led Parham 1-0 at halftime on Saturday when a power surge in St. John’s knocked out lights at the ARG causing officials to call off that game.
The result on Wednesday will determine the team that finishes third in the competition.
Parham, currently in third place on 29 points holds a one-point lead over Hoppers.