Veg International/Oyster Swetes, following a thrilling 4-3 victory over Molwyn Joseph Bendals on Wednesday, hoisted the Football Association’s Second Division trophy.
In the first match of a double-header at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG), Swetes, who won Zone 2 of the competition, was led by national youth striker Shalon Knight who netted in the 47th and 61st minutes to guide his team to the close victory.
Tony Andrews had given Swetes an early advantage when he scored in the second minute while an own-goal from Bendals’ Marajah Lee, two minutes from regulation, secured Swetes’ title.
Coach Jerome “Goggles” Crump said Knight, who led Swetes’ scoring with 19 conversions this season, led from the front on Wednesday.
“I think he showed a different level of his game that even I hadn’t seen for the entire season and even though he is a 15-year-old teenager, I think he showed a lot of heart and grit. I think I can manfully say that he would have been one of the biggest differences between us and the competition,” he said.
Olivah Guishard (7th minute), Odeskie Liedette (74th minute) and Omega Otto (79th minute) all scored for Bendals who had edged Golden Grove for Zone One honours.
Crump said his team’s full attention will now turn to the upcoming Cool & Smooth Champions League as they anticipate the ABFA’s players’ draft that will precede the competition.
“We are still sitting down in terms of the entire executive and the coaching staff to look at some players and the pros and cons of having these players join the team once they become available. We are still watching the Premier League to see who will be in the top four,” the coach said.
His team, Crump believes, is equipped to handle the level of competition they will face in the anticipated Champions League, which will run concurrent with the ABFA play-offs starting later this month.
“I think the fact that we gained promotion to the First Division about five weeks ago that it had given us enough time so we started to increase the intensity of our training.
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