By Carlena Knight
The four-game winning streak for defending Antigua Premier League (APL) champions, PIC Liberta Blackhawks, has ended.
The Blackhawks in their latest game on Saturday night at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) went under 2-0 to their neighbours, NNL Distributors Swetes FC, in the feature encounter of the double- header evening.
Carl Osbourne got the ball rolling for Swetes, scoring as early as the 25th minute of play.
Twenty minutes later, a goal from Tiquan Isaac would eventually seal the deal.
The victors now move to the 4th spot with 15 points while Liberta slipped to 5th with the same point total only to be edged out by a better goal difference of plus seven to their plus one.
Frustration continues to build for former champions, Rawdon and Associates Parham FC, who still remain at the bottom of the table without a win on six points.
Parham, in their latest encounter versus Medical Specialists Ottos Rangers, went under, 4-2.
Despite a 33rd-minute goal by national player, Tevaughn “Peters Reds” Harriette, and a 75th minute own goal from Damian Francis, Parham still could not secure their first three points of the season.
Rangers showed early that they meant business scoring as early as the 7th minute by way of a Lloyd Jeremy conversion.
Adding insult to injury, Parham’s goalkeeper, Kern Ceaser, was given a red card in the 60th minute after striking an opponent.
Rangers capitalised as Jeremy would find the back of the net again in the 71st minute while the other goals came from Ron Sealy (80th) and D’Andre Bishop (85th).
They now move to 16 points in 3rd place.
Meanwhile, in the lone Division One encounter, FC Aston Villa and SAP FC played to a 2-all draw.
Former national striker, Peter “Big Pete” Byers (35th) and Tyrique Thwaites (88th) were the goal- scorers for SAP, while an own goal by Trevor Tonge and a goal from Dashawn Stanton (63rd) would keep Villa alive. Villa remain in the second spot with 29 points while SAP move to 3rd with 28.