Status Quo Remains After ABFA Playoffs

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Former top flight champions, SAP and First Division contenders Hill Top, both retained spots in their respective divisions for the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) 2017/18 domestic season following good showings in the Premier and Fist Division playoffs.
Needing only a draw to stay in the Premier Division, SAP led twice in their 2-2 draw against All Saints United on Saturday at the Antigua Recreation Ground (ARG), reclaiming their place in the top flight for another season.
Danio Myers put Sap ahead midway through the first half before Vashami Allen scored his first of two goals to pull United level in the latter stages of the first half.
Eugene Kirwan restored SAP’s advantage in the second half, but Allen again nullified the conversion when he scored from the penalty spot.
The draw moved SAP to four points at the top of the standings while United, needing a victory to be sure of promotion, finished with two points from their two showings.
Meanwhile, in the First Division playoffs, Hill Top made light work of Second Division contenders Urlings to win 2-0 and remain in the second tier.
Hill Top had goals from Sydney Samuel Jr and Dave Roberts to end the competition with six points, three more than Urlings who only needed a draw to get into the First Division.
SAP were left to contest the playoffs after finishing eighth in the 10-team Premier Division while Hill Top finished third from bottom in the 12-team First Division.
Attention has now beenturned to the FA’s Champions League.

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