An Orlando Mitcham stoppage time goal was enough to propel SOL Island Auto Supplies Conaree F.C. to defend their Easter Cup title, defeating Rams Village Superstars 1-0 on Sunday at the Warner Park Football Stadium. The game was open and tense as both teams battled for supremacy in clipping the season’s second silverware. As time began winding down, both teams sensed the urgency and began throwing forwards up the field.
A small fracas ensued on field between players of both teams leading to a Village player being sent off. Raheem Francis was giving his marching orders in the 70th minute, while Glenroy Samuel of Conaree was issued with a yellow card. That did not stop Village from trying to hit Conaree on the break, playing their usual counter attacking football, but the breakthrough finally came after Mitcham was found unmarked in the 18 yard box and he made no mistake in slotting home the goal.
An elated Alexis Morris, Coach of Conaree, said the win was indicative of the hard work and impressive playing from his team, even against Village in previous encounters. “The Conaree Football Club came out with a purpose this evening and our thing is that they (Village) were having the best of us this season and last season, but we know these are the moments that count,” Coach Morris said.
Coach Morris said this win will spur them on in the National Premier Legaue as they make a push for the playoffs. “Going through all of this and not being able to make the final four to play for the national championships would not have meant much for us,” he said.
Meanwhile, Captain Mudassa Howe said his players are very happy with this win. He believe this win will motivate the team in their Final Four push. “We have two more cups to play for so we just give it the best shot and try to win both of them,” Howe said. With the Easter Cup now completed, only the FA Cup and the Premier League title await the teams in the top tier of St. Kitts and Nevis Football.