Isaac: Still a long way to go

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By Carlena Knight

Head Coach of Parham FC Rowan “Three-fives” Isaac says that although they recorded their second straight win on Sunday, the former champion team still has a “long way to go” in order to remain in the Antigua Premier League (APL).

Parham in their latest encounter at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) edged out Richie Rich Five Islands FC 2-1 in the second match of the triple-header evening.

Despite the victory they remain in the dreaded relegation zone with 12 points, two points amidst of 8th place Five Islands and out of the automatic demotion.

“I told you when we would have won our first game the guys were the motivating factor because they kept saying ‘they can do it, they can do it’ and now they are starting to show it, you know, that they really want to do it. I know we are still climbing up the slope, we haven’t reached anywhere yet and I just hope that the momentum does not stop because you know when you are climbing a hill and the momentum stops it’s hard to push up.”

Daryan James was a goal shy of a hattrick hitting home in the 12th and 35th minutes while Quinton Griffith scored the lone goal for Five Islands in minute 41.

He believes a full team effort will be needed in order for them to remain in the top flight of local football.

“We have been trying to preach that to all our players especially to our attacking players all season. [Peter] Reds [Hariette] cannot do it by himself and we just always emphasize that we need other guys to come up trumping and Daryan has come up big for us, and we just hope that going forward the other guys that we entrust with that task will do it also,” said Browne.

Drahz KFC Old Road pulled off an upset that same day defeating the defending champions PIC Liberta Blackhawks, 3-1.

Raheem Deterville recorded a brace for the round south team scoring in the 4th and 90th minutes. The other goal came as an own goal from Jamoy Stevens in minute 28.

Head Coach of the winning team, Chesley Browne is adamant that despite the win they must remain focused as dropping points at this time would be detrimental.

“Nobody can afford to slip up, nobody can drop points right now. It is really tight at the top and at the bottom and so we are just remaining focused and taking it one game at a time. As I always tell the guys ‘hey every weekend, we are playing a finals, so let’s play like that and continue to work hard.”

Malique Martin scored the lone goal for Liberta.

In the other game that day, Sandals INET Grenades and Fitzroy’s Rewinding Pigotts Bullets played to a one-all draw.

The APL will continue on Saturday starting at 5:00 p.m. as Five Islands will play All Saints Untied while at 7:00 p.m. Grenades will face Old Road.

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