ST.JOHN’S, Antigua – A total of eight cautions and one expulsion were issued on Tuesday as the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) play-offs commenced at Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG).

Former champions Cool & Smooth Empire and Five Islands played to a tense goalless draw in which one player, Akeem George of Empire, was expelled from the match for abusive and insulting language. The red card was issued in minute 89.

Three other Empire players, Terry Andrew, Mike France and Sahkimba Williams, were all yellow carded throughout the 90-minute match. Christopher Singh of Five Islands was also cautioned by referee Patrice Davis.

Empire, who were without key players Albert “Tungy” Barthley and Justin “Trini” Pereira, created scoring opportunities but were unable to hit the back of the net.

Reports are that Barthley and Pereira arrived at ARG after the time stipulated by the club.

The draw moves both teams to one point each as they fight for the remaining spot in Premier Division.

Willikies finished eighth in the top flight that resulted in them having to compete to remain in Premier Division.

Meanwhile in Tuesday’s opening match, Golden Grove and Harney Motors Tryum played to a 1-1 draw as they battle for a spot in First Division.

James Goodwin netted for Golden Grove while Leon Moses Jr answered for Tryum.

The match also produced some cards after Alvin George and Ronel Cooke of Golden Grove alongside Tryum’s Craig Parker and Sylvester Fenton were all cautioned by the match referee.

Tryum will now battle Sea View Farm in Friday’s feature contest as they attempt to replace their opponents in First Division.


Courtesy of  Daily Observer sports