Yesterday the champs demonstrated why they grabbed that distinction with another impressive 2-1 win over Bassa in the feature game of a double header at the ARG.
Led by the league’s top scorer, Stephan “Tommy” Smith the champions played like they needed to win rather than relax, since they have won already.
Smith increased his tally to 17 with both strikes, one on either side of the break.
Veteran Kevin “Saxman” Watts pulled a goal back late in the contest but by that time Smith and Old Road had recorded their 12th game of the season.
Watts’ goal was a gem, a left-booter from inside the 18 that sped like a rocket past the Old Road second string keeper Davion Christian and into the back of the net.
Christian had a commendable game with a number of saves on the night.
As fantastic as Watts’ strike was and it was truly amazing, the play of the night was the build-up that produced Smith’s second goal.
Midfielder, Orlando Mitchum from St. Kitts showed why he is one of the best at his position in the league.
Like a hot knife through butter, Mitchum beat the entire Bassa defence, before passing to Smith who tucked home in style.
Bassa might have expected some slack, but Old Road, in its first game as champion came out with ‘guns blazing,’ and by the end of the game Bassa was still a candidate for the first division.
If Bassa remain in the same position its holds, third from the bottom, it will have to take on the third and fourth placed team in the first division in a three-team playoff.
The prize is a place in the premiership.
Before Old Road was on show, Special Security Services All Saints United rubbed Cool & Smooth Empire’s face further in the ‘mud’ beating the former champs 2-0.
Empire will be relegated but was hoping to salvage some pride against United following United’s 4-2 spanking to Sugar Ridge Sap on Sunday.
Tried as they did however, Empire spurred on by their fans just could not squeeze out a tie much less a victory.
Empire held United scoreless for the first session but gave up two strikes in the second.
Roy Gregory gave United the lead just after the break before Quentin Griffith closed the door with a cracker in overtime.
Griffith, another player with a very impressive season hit from about 25 yards out, a low powerful drive which past goalie Kendel Honere in a flash.
Empire remains on 12 points while United improved to 30 points one point ahead of Asot’s Arcade Parham and two more than Champion Footwear Green Bay Hoppers.
All teams in the premier division have one game left in the season, except the team which finishes in eighth place now occupied by Bassa.