They came with whistles, big drums, trumpets and iron bands, turning the football stadium into a carnival style celebration, as thousands of football fanatics, from throughout St. Kitts, sang, cheered and partied for the entire 90 minutes plus extra time, of game 3 between St. Pauls and Village Superstars.
In the end though, it was the folks from the west, “Champsville if you please”, that eventually outplayed their competitors from “Back-a-de-Land”, to lift the 2011 Digicel Premier League Championship title, with a well played 3-nil, victory on Wednesday, 22nd, June, 2011.
After a somewhat tamed first half, St. Pauls emerged from the player’s tunnel filled with energy and determination, with an obvious mission to press home the advantage. However, after approximately 15 minutes of taking control and most ball possession, Village Superstars, rebounded with a choreographed team play that saw greater effectiveness in their offensive and defense strategy.
With a nil- nil score line at half time, Village managed to find the back of the St. Pauls net just 15 minutes into the second half when Lawrence Berkeley produced the much needed first goal for his team. He was shortly followed by Jevon Francis and Allister Poodle Warner whose goals created a volcanic type eruption at Warner.
The faith of St. Pauls was sealed as they adopted a posture of a defeated lion and seemed to have lost interest as their fighting spirit died.
Over 6,000 thousand people were on hand for the finals, including Governor General Dr. Cuthbert Sebastian and Prime Minister Dr. Denzil Douglas.
The victorious Village team made their way home with a massive motorcade and street jam following the ceremony at which they received their winning trophies and medals.