In front of thousands of spectators, the Newtown team got off to a fast start, when they opened the scoring with a beautiful move, capped off by a superb finish by Alexis “Lecky” Saddler in the 4th minute, giving his team an early lead.
The Conaree team became desperate for opportunities and soon found themselves gaining some advantage, creating countless opportunities, but was unable to capitalize on them.
Starting the second half, Conaree initiated an all out attack on Newtown, but was met with some sturdy defence.
When a move by Newtown was halted by a poor tackle from a Conaree defender in the 80th minute, Marvin Charles of Conaree was shown a red card and the ensuing free kick was smashed home by the experienced Ian “Rumpy” Lake, ending all hopes of a Conaree comeback in the finals.
Yellow cards were also given to Mudassa Howe (Conaree) in the 5th minute and Avalon McCall (Newtown) in the 56th minute, also Austin Lewis (Conaree) was dismissed from the bench in the 85th minute
Officials for the game were Kimbell Ward, Miguel Flemming, Delroy Jeffers & James Matthew.
In an interview with Anthony Issac, coach of Newtown, he stated that he cannot describe how he is feeling after all that the team has been through this season, from the players being suspended for the first 5 games, to a championship. This is unbelievable he said. He also expressed his excitement at once again winning the championships.
After winning the first game, Isaac stated that they were really confident of getting victory in the second encounter, despite the team feeling somewhat deflated that one of their senior players Sashi Isaac, would be unable to play because of suspension.
He added that the club is targeting a return to the Caribbean Club Championship.
The Newtown United is now the five time champions of the St. Kitts Nevis Football Association Premier Divisions Champions.
Ian “Rumpy” Lake was voted MVP of the Finals, while Donroy Liburd of Cayon F.C was given the Rookie of the year award.
The celebrations were immediate, with the sounds of the drums of the Iron Band and hi-fi music. The Newtown supporters wasted no time, and after a jam session inside the stadium, they took to the streets of Basseterre for a wild celebration, all the way back to their community, going way past midnight.
Premier Division-Final Positions
1st– Delphic Newtown United
2nd– Conaree FC
3rd– S. L. Horsford St. Pauls
4th– UDC Garden Hotspurs