The euphoria of their winning the 2012 title is history.
And Akademiks found that out in emphatic fashion last night at the National Stadium.
Last year’s LIME Pelican Football Challenge winners, Akademiks, conceded two early goals to inaugural winners Bajan Pride and that was basically the end of the contest at 2-0.
Jomo Harewood was the star of the opening game for Bajan Pride, finding the back of the nets in the 4th and 6th minutes before Akademiks could settle down in defence. Thereafter it was a case of denying Akademiks opportunities and Bajan Pride did that to good effect, controlling large chunks of possession and presenting a defiant back-line that resisted everything thrown at them by the defending champs.
In the second game of the night both LG Strike Force and TS Strikers squandered a few opportunities to score with much of the play too often concentrated in the mid-field without much progress. But in the 91st minute just as it seemed both teams had settled on sharing the spoils, Tyrell Gibbons scored to give Strike Force the victory.
The nightcap encounter between Top Bay Settlers and Red Snappers was a keenly contested affair that ended in a 3-2 win for Red Snappers. It was an excellent counterattack from Red Snappers who had to come from behind to win the game.
Within the first 10 minutes Settlers led 2-0 thanks to a 6th minute effort from Edwin Brereton and Rahim Sergeant who scored in the 10th minute. Those who prematurely wrote off Red Snappers were then in for a surprise as they came storming back with Decarlo Jemmott at the heart of their resurgence. Within a minute of Sargeant’s goal Jemmott scored to reduce the deficit and the Red Snappers proceeded to make a stirring run at Top Bay Settlers with every possession.
Their pressure on Settlers was rewarded in the 68th minute when Rashad Jules scored and four minutes later Jemmott put the game away with his second of the night. (WG)