Basseterre, St. Kitts, 28th July 2015 (MiyVue.com) – The two top football teams in the federation are ‘playing for keeps’ when they meet tonight at the Warner Park Cricket Stadium. For one thing, it might be the last night of the Best of Three Finals of the St. Kitts-Nevis-Anguilla National Bank Premier League.
Defending champions S. L. Horsford St. Paul’s United wants to goal kick SOL Auto Conaree into second place, while Conaree hopes to go to game three by defying a St. Paul’s victory tonight. This means that football fans should be treated to aggressive and exciting football play from both teams.
St. Paul’s United holds the psychological advantage, however, going into the second game. On Saturday, July 25, the team trounced SOL Auto Conaree, 3-1. When Glenroy Samuel for Conaree netted the first goal of the match in just the 4th minute of play, it seemed that Conaree was making a statement of their intent that night. But Keithroy Freeman scored for St. Paul’s in the 21st minute, and the team never looked back. Two more goals came from Darren Caines in the 26th minute and from Joash in the 45th minute, with all goals being scored in the first half of play.
Conaree played diligently in the second half but was unable to make a comeback. Perhaps they carry the proverbial ‘Monkey on their Back’, for there is history between these two teams. It was in 2013, when Conaree beat St. Paul’s, 1-0, to win the Premier Division Championship, but since then, Conaree has lost most their encounters with St. Paul’s. Can they shake off the monkey tonight?
Whatever the case, the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association is ready for any eventuality, and for sure, the fan base from both teams will turn out tonight in their numbers to give colourful and loud support to their teams following an 8 p.m. kick-off.
Meanwhile, the SKNFA will honour the National Team of 1985, which won the first OECS Football Championship in a home and away finals. When the St. Kitts-Nevis National Team defeated the Dominica National Team in Dominica, 1-0, for an aggregate of 3-1, the nation was on a high, even more so that Elvis ‘Pepe’ Isaac had earned the title Mr. OECS for striking that winning goal. Fans can look forward to a special presentation during the half-time period.
And more good news for the football played in the Warner Park Cricket Stadium comes from information that the games have not impacted the cricket pitch in a destructive manner, and SKNFA officials are highly pleased about that situation.