Thousands came out and saw Lime Old Road captured the I-Mobile Premier Division trophy for the 2nd consecutive season.
In a dramatic encounter with lots of end to end action, the scores were level at 1-all when referee Adrian Skeete of Barbados blew the final whistle.
The draw with Champion Footwear Greenbay Hoppers was enough for Old Road to repeat as champions of the top flight in Antiguan football.
At the conclusion, Hoppers were down to 9 men – losing Eugene Kirwan and the experienced George “Sour” Dublin in the 2nd half.
The first decisive moment came in the 59th minute when Gayson “Bubbler’ Gregory shot the south side ahead.
After an incisive run on the left by Emanuelson of Suriname, Gregory buried the cross from close range – a strike which engendered a thunderous reception by their supporters.
The midfielder made amends after badly missing a chance in the first period.
The Hoppers equalizer was credited to Kelly Frederick who nudged in a curling diagonal drive by Leighton Gordon in the 72nd.
Frederick’s effort followed the expulsion of team-mate Kirwan who was shown red for striking Emnauelson.
Dublin subsequently departed in the 83rd for two bookable offenses as the Gray-Green side’s problems compounded.
With the limitations, Hoppers found the clincher increasingly difficult and Old Road were the ones celebrating at the final whistle. They finished on 45 points – 2 ahead of the runners-up.
Under coach Derrick Edwards, they notched up 14 victories, 3 draws and had a solitary defeat while netting the most goals 53 – 5 more than Hoppers.
Their Gray’s-Green rivals shot to 13 wins, secured 4 draws and suffered one loss.
In another affair, Sugar Ridge Sap relegated La Bousola Willikies to the play-off by beating them 2-1. Okeem Challenger hit the 84th minute winner after an own goal by Steveroy Demon Anthony.
Anthony deflected Francesco Abreu free-kick in the 50th. Aden Williams had given Willikies the advantage just before the break.
Similarly, Education for Advancement Bassa fought from a 1-nil deficit to celebrate a 2-1 victory over Paradise Boat Sales Fort Road. On target were Romario Braithwaite and Lennox ‘Fox” Julian – his 11th of the season.
Alren Lewis had netted for Fort Road in the 17th.
Julian’s tally of goals was 1 short of Tamarley Thomas of hoppers and 5 adrift of the chief marksman Stefan Smith of champions Old Road.
Former champions Asot’s Arcade Parham ended their I-Mobile Premier Division campaign on a high but All Saints United was held to a draw.
Parham hammered relegated Sea View Farm 5-1after holding a 2-1 advantage at the interval. Trevaughn Harriette put the victors ahead in the 13th minute, but it swiftly became 1-all thanks to a Jared Williams reply.
Kenny Morgan restored the lead in the 20th, and shortly after the break Ranjae Christian added to Sea View Farm’s high concession of goals. Damion Hardware joined the party in the 68th and Alston Grant put the icing on the cake in the 90th.
Parham, 2-0 winners over Farm in the first round, finished 4th with 27 points – completing their 18 matches with 7 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses, 24 strikes and 21 against.
In stark contrast, Sea View Farm could only muster 3 victories, 1 draw and suffered 14 defeats.
They conceded the most goals in the competition – 58 – netted only 14 and scrambled 10 points.
In strange circumstances, Special Security Services All Saints United hit back to salvage a 2-all draw with A & R Plumb-Electric Celtics.
Kemoi Alexander’s 10 league effort gave them a 21st minute edge, but just before the break George Sheppard drew level.
Sheppard’s team-mate Steven Hughes drove Celtics ahead in the 61st and perhaps they had visions of reversing the 3-1 result in the initial phase. But that was not to be.
The equalizer came in bizarre fashion when United’s goalkeeper Conroy Semple, deputizing for the injured Tahari Lewis, hit a ball down field and it went through the legs of the Celtics custodian Kwesi Richards.
It was United’s lone draw of the competition, in addition to 8 triumphs and 9 losses, with 4 of the defeats coming in their last 5 outings.
On their way to 25 points, they produced 40 conversions and conceded 35.
Demoted Celtics could manage only 10 points from 2 wins, 4 draws and 12 losses.
In the process, they struck 14 times and saw their net shake on 41 occasions. Like Sea View Farm, Celtics will appear in the 1st Division next season.