President of Hospitality Services Sea View Farm FC, Myra Solomon, says her team’s 1-0 victory over league leaders Asot’s Arcade Parham in the Digicel and OBSERVER Media Group Premier Division on Wednesday is an indication that the newly promoted squad can not only hold its own against the best locally but can also compete with the region’s elite.
Speaking with OBSERVER Sports yesterday, Solomon said she expected an even greater showing from her team on Wednesday and expressed confidence in the current crop of players.
“I expected my team to play better than what they even did against Parham because we have confidence in these guys (and) this will boost the team’s confidence in a major way,” Solomon said.
“It also shows that the team can play with not only the best team in Antigua, but even the best from further afield and from the region.”
Solomon, who still had some excitement in her voice, congratulated a number of players for their performances, not only against the star-studded Parham team, but also throughout the competition. She added that the focus is now on remaining in the top flight.
“Trish (Phillip), we have to really congratulate him. He brought us back; bring us on top so we have to commend him and our defence team of Andre Robinson, Hazeley Pyle, Alstan Grant, the whole defence team. Everybody played their part (Wednesday) night and it was really great, so we just have to come together now to try and stay up,” she said.
The president also had commendations for former Bassa and former national youth midfielder, Sadeev Phillip, whom she said has brought some experience into the fray.
“Experience, a lot of experience he brings and he will calm the guys down when they get rowdy at times and he really sort of unites us.”
The victory lifts Farm to 20 points from 15 matches and into the number six spot in the standings, while Parham remain on 29 points at the top of the standings.
Parham have, however, played 15 times, once more than Cool & Smooth Empire who are on 24 points after 14 matches.
Empire will play Parham in the feature match of a triple-header on Sunday.