The National Bank Premier League resumed on the weekend after the Christmas/Carnival break with four cracking matches and some shock results in the process. The matches were held at the St. Mary’s Park in Cayon as the Warner Park football stadium was still not fully prepared after Carnival festivities in December.
On Sunday, S. L. Horsfords St. Pauls United and S-Krave Newtown United duked it out over two halves but could only manage a 1-1 draw. It was down to two penalty kicks:
SCORING FOR NEWTOWN
Orlando Mitcham (pk) 14th min
SCORING FOR ST. PAUL’S
Darrell Challenger (pk) 21st min
Rasheed Hodge (St. Pauls) 13th min
*(denying a goal by handling the ball)
Dagena Roberts of Newtown F.C. was shown a red card at the end of the match for abusive and threatening language towards the referee.
At the end of the match Coach Iroy “Cunga” Jeffers of St. Pauls was satisfied with a point, considering his team played mostly with ten men. “We played with ten men for about maybe 80 plus minutes. So I am proud of the guys for the hard work and fighting spirit,” Coach Jeffers said.
Coach Earl Jones of Newtown, while satisfied with a draw, felt his team should have pressed for a winner, considering St. Pauls was down to 10 men for most of the match. “We have to take it how it comes sometimes but after St. Pauls went down a man so early in the game, I think it was a disappointment for us (not to win),” Jones said.
He felt playing on a new field somehow affected his players, but was not an excuse not to win the match. “Probably the width of the field and probably how the wind was blowing, I think my players took a bit too long to adjust to (the changes). But as I told them at half time, they are out there, they were supposed to regroup, talk to one another and see how best they can deal with the situation,” he explained.
Results in the weekend’s other matches are:
MANTAB FC 1 – 1 SOL IAS CONAREE FC
SCORING FOR CONAREE
Glenroy Samuel 45th +1 min
SCORING FOR MANTAB
Sylvester Alexander 46th min
Karl Tuitt (Mantab) 13th min
Arvil Challenger (Mantab) 66th min
MATCH # 2
ATIBA HARRIS ST. PETERS 2 – 1 FLOW 4G CAYON
SCORING FOR ST. PETER’S
Tyquan Tyrell 61st min
Kareem Simmonds 69th min
SCORING FOR CAYON
Malik Hendrickson 90th min
Shaquille Pringle (Cayon) 18th min
Kareem Simmonds (St. Peters) 44th min
SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019
MATCH # 1
FAST CASH SADDLERS 1 – 0 H. E. GARDEN HOTSPURS
SCORING FOR SADDLERS
Niquan Phipps 23rd min
Niquan Phipps (Saddlers) 74th min
Hasani Flemming (Spurs) 88th min