Heavyweights share the spoils as Premier League Resumes

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Action between St. Pauls and Newtown on Sunday at St. Mary’s Park in Cayon.

By Andre Huie

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. Horsford’s 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 

RED CARDS
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 

YELLOW CARDS 
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 

YELLOW CARDS 
Shaquille Pringle (Cayon) 18th min 
Kareem Simmonds (St. Peters) 44th min 

SUNDAY 13TH JANUARY 2019

PREMIER DIVISION 
AT CAYON 

MATCH # 1 
FAST CASH SADDLERS 1 – 0 H. E. GARDEN HOTSPURS 

SCORING FOR SADDLERS 
Niquan Phipps 23rd min 

YELLOW CARDS

  Niquan Phipps (Saddlers) 74th min 
Hasani Flemming (Spurs) 88th min