EXTRA EXTRA read all about it! This week marks the start of the second round of the SKNFA 2011-2012 Premier League. The last held event for the football year ended 2011 was the SKNFA Carnival Cup, a two day knockout tournament held during the Carnival season.
Here we saw the four teams with the most points at the end of the first round (Sunday 18th December) coming up against each other for the coveted title of “Carnival Cup Champions”. The teams were as follows: S.L.Horsfords St. Pauls United (first round leaders), Conaree F.C (second place), Delphic Newtown United (third place) and UDC Garden Hotspurs (fourth place).
2010’s Carnival Cup proved to be an exciting event and with three of the four teams qualifying once again for the cup, it was no question that this would be equally exciting, if not better. Conaree, the defending Carnival Cup champions had a huge task ahead in recapturing their “crown”.
The first match was played between 2nd place and 3rd place (Conaree and Delphic Newtown United). Indeed this was a matchup worth seeing. Each team fought tirelessly to advance to the finals of the championship, so much so that even after ninety (90) minutes had elapsed the game was still scoreless. Thirty (30) minutes later, still no goals. Grossly fatigued n yet both teams held on until the outcome would have to be determined by way of penalty kicks. In the end the defending champions Conaree walked away with a 5-4 victory over Delphic Newtown United.
The second matchup proved to be equally competitive and was a mirror image of the first. It was evident that winning the first cup of the season meant more than just bragging rights for each team. After an excess of 120 minutes of normal play time, penalty kicks pronounced UDC Garden hotspurs the winner of game two (2). They were now in the running for the championship alongside Conaree.
The second day saw S.L.Horsfords St. Pauls United coming up against Delphic Newtown United for third and fourth place. At the end of this matchup, both teams agreed to settle their differences with a handshake and a 1-1 draw.
The championship game was next. Newcomers to the championship UDC Garden Hotspurs came up against defending champions Conaree. Spectators were in for a highly spirited game. With one goal in mind both teams left it all on the field, blood, sweat, tears and wrapping tape. 1-0 was the official outcome and Conaree could once again announce that they are Carnival Cup Champs.
After the Carnival cup, football came to a pause to allow other carnival festivities to take place. The SKNFA is announcing the recommencement of the Premier league and look forward to equal excitement and tough matchups in 2012. As no games are allowed to be scheduled for the Warner Park until February, games will be scheduled for various locations around the island. Please also note that times were chosen because of the quality of lighting at these fields. The opening Matches are to be played this weekend as follows:
Saturday 14th January 2012-Verchilds
• 2:30 pm- CAYON vs HARRIS PAINT ST.PETERS
• 4:30 pm- S.L.HORSFORD’S ST. PAULS vs RAMS VILLAGE SUPERSTARS
Sunday 15th January 2012- Verchilds
• 2:30 pm- ST. THOMAS TRINITY STRIKERS vs CONAREE
• 4:30 pm- UDC GARDEN HOTSPURS vs MANTAB
SEE YOU THERE!