Grenades FC are not ready to give up on their title hopes and ensured they remained in the race with a resounding 4-1 victory over neighbours SAP when they clashed in the first game of a double-header in the Football Association’s Premier Division competition on Monday.
Playing at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG), striker Astapharoy Bygrave dominated SAP’s defense to score a hat-trick, hitting the back of the net in minutes 39, 60 and 90 respectively while Rakeem Henry picked up the other strike in minute 41.
Kemar Headley scored the lone goal for SAP in minute 71.
The victory puts Grenades on 24 points and third in the standings. They are just three points off second place and defending champions Greenbay Hoppers. They are also seven points adrift of leaders Parham.
SAP, following their sixth loss in 12 outings, remain on 14 points and fifth in the standings.
In Monday’s feature contest, Old Road defeated Pigotts Bullets 1-0 as they move to 21 points and fourth places.
Steve Broderick scored the only goal of the contest when he hit past the Bullets custodian in minute 31. Bullets remain on 11 points and seventh in the 10-team standings.
Meanwhile, in the Second Division, Willikies continue to dominate Zone A following a 3-0 victory over Garden Stars on Monday.
David Martin, Daniel Nanton and Jarima Ramsey all scored once for the victors as Willikies move to 29 points after 12 matches and six points ahead of Young Lions who have played 11 matches.
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