It’s official: defending SKNFA Premier League Champions S.L. Horsfords St. Paul’s United will
face SOL IAS Conaree FC in the Super Six Finals slated to start on Saturday October 15. Both
teams booked their spot after Saturday’s Super Six playoff matches when Conaree snatched a
late 2-1 victory over former champions Rams Village Superstars, while St. Paul’s dispatched
Flow 4G Cayon Rockets 4-1.
Village goal scorers
Scoring for Village
Joseph Wilkes 48th min
Scoring for Conaree
Kadeen Lewis 41st min
Errol O’loughlin 90th + 3mins
St. Paul’s goal scorers
Scoring for St. Paul's
Kalonji Clarke (pk) 13th min
Keithroy Freeman hat trick – 15th, 42nd (pk), 61st min
Scoring for Cayon
Carlos Bertie 55th min
Malique Roberts (Cayon) 12th min
(for denying a goal by handling)
Conaree and Village suffered a major injury scare in the first half when Raheem Francis and
Conaree’s captain Mudassa Howe suffered a head injury during the match, causing a 24-minute
delay. Eventually Howe, was taken via ambulance to the JNF General Hospital for treatment.
Coach Al Richards of Conaree said Howe’s injury was a major blow for the team, but their
performance was in dedication to him. “It was a major blow for us. Mudassa is our captain; a
major player for us; but we regrouped. That’s how football goes sometimes, but we did it for
him,” Richards said.
Meanwhile, the man who sored that pivotal goal to seal the win and the finals appearance for
Conaree Errol O’Loughlin, said his goal is history repeating itself. “A couple years again, it was
Village to beat to get in the finals and guess who was the goal scorer in that game? We did it for
Mudassa too,” O’Loughlin said.
Zikomo Condor, one of the coaches of Rams Village Superstars, said injury played a pivotal part
in conceding the goal in the first half, but commended the players for coming through in the
second half to get the equalizer. In the end though, he commended Conaree for the victory and
for making the finals.
After the second match of the night, Manager of St. Paul’s United, Derionne Edmeade, said his
team was warned to expect an attacking game from Cayon, which they were prepared for. “The
guys absorbed (pressure) early and…with the pressure that they brought we were able to expose
some of the weaknesses in the field,” Edmeade said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Coach of Cayon Jazza Buchanan, said thy started the game well as
planned, but made errors, including the red card from Malik Roberts that placed the team under
immense pressure. “We started to play out of position, not listening, not communicating and that
kind of cost us in the first half,” Buchanan said. The finals will commence at 7pm on Saturday at
the Warner Park Cricket Stadium.
Caption: Errol O’Loughlin of Conaree FC, shields a Village defender during their match on
Saturday. Errol scored the winning goal to book a spot in the finals for Conaree.
(Photo: Esther Ward)