Hoppers coach commends players for top performance

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By Carlena Knight

Following their latest win over the weekend, coach of the Cool and Smooth Global bank of Commerce AC Delco Greenbay Hoppers Rolston “Lexy” Phoenix spoke positively of his team’s performance.

The former Antigua Premier League (APL) champions defeated defending champions PIC Liberta Blackhawks, 2-0, in the feature encounter of the triple-header evening on Sunday at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG).

A penalty kick from Jari Jackson (45th) and a strike from Roderick Williams (87th) were the defining factors that moved the Grays Green team to the top of the 10-team standings with 13 points.

Liberta, however, remain in the relegation zone with three points.

Phoenix, who is a former player of the club credits his players for stepping up.

“Yeah, I am happy with the guys. They come out and put in their work down at the training pitch and it’s showing off in the weekends at ARG.

“It says a lot about the team. We don’t have to look on one man giving you a goal, everyone comes and shows up and other goals are coming from other players. You know Eugene [Kirwan] was our top scorer last year, and this year we don’t have him, so we have to us what we got.”

Newly promoted team, Fitzroy’s Rewinding Terminix Pigotts Bullets continue to have an impressive season they now sit in the third position with 12 points after their latest 1-0 victory over Richie Rich Five Islands.

Five Islands dropped to seventh with seven points.

However, Kenford Samue, head coach of Bullets said he is not surprised by his team’s performance thus far as this was their game plan all along.

“If you ask in our camp and the field of play with our guys our proposal for this season is top 3, so for the players and the belief that we are putting into them it was always there. Some people outside were betting against it but we believe and we see our team’s potential and we just want the guys to continue to believe in that.”

Meanwhile, coach of NNL Distributors Swetes FC, Kerry Skepple spoke highly of his player, Azhino Solomon who continues to have a great performance goal wise.

Solomon, in their latest match versus Sandals INET Grenades recorded a hattrick scoring in the 25th, 48th and 58th minutes to hand Grenades their first loss of the season with a 3-1 scoreline.

“For me, it’s of no surprise because of the work he puts in in training so what we seeing at ARG is a testament of what we’ve been seeing on the training grounds so far. He’s very relentless in his pursuit, so what the general public is seeing is just a reflection of what happens on the training pitch.”

Swetes are now in fourth with 10 points, while Grenades are in second with 13.

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