Both defenses led by team captains Shaqkeem Butler (Cayon) and Phillip Richardson (CEMSS) held firm and at the end the final score was 0 – 0. From there it was all CEMSS who put away 4 of their 5 spot kicks and Cayon scored their first two, but was denied by Hodge on the third and missed the fourth. As such, CEMSS supporters and bench stormed the field in jubilation as they became the first Digicel High School Football Champions on a night they will surely remember.
The third placed game was a worthy pre-game, as Saddlers High School and Charlestown Secondary met for the second time in this competition – this time in the 11 v 11 format. The teams fought hard in the first half with CSS edging Saddlers in extra time, with a glorious strike from Naeem Liburd beating the Saddlers goalkeeper. Saddlers hammered 5 goals with two being own goals off blunders by the CSS defense, the other goals were scored by George Nolan (2) and the talisman of the tournament Evanseroy Barnes(1) who also recorded 2 assists to go with his solitary strike.
The three top teams received medals for their performances with CEMSS receiving the first ever Digicel High School Football Cup Championship trophy and a contribution of $1,000.00 toward the school’s sporting department.
According to Kenneth Bobb, Customer Experience Manager of the sponsors, St. Kitts and Nevis, “Digicel is a very proud sponsor of the Digicel High School Football Cup and is committed to making this event bigger and better in the coming years.”