Abacom United won the Knockout Cup 5-3 against the Treasure Cay Heat after a tight game that ended in overtime and penalty kicks.
The final of the Knockout Cup took place Sunday, May 19 at the Murphy Town Park. It was a tight game between the Treasure Cay Heat and Abacom United. No one knew how the match would conclude until the very end of the game as the final minutes ticked away. In principle Abacom United was the favorite, but Heat defended their position. They were playing to win.
Heat’s Gibson Demostene scored a goal in the first half. Abacom United’s goal keeper was at the wrong place at the wrong time. He had left the cage unattended long enough to give the opposite team an opportunity to score, even though Abacom United had dominated the game until then.
After that, neither team managed another goal. Heat’s goalie, Marcus Josue prevented many attempts at scoring from the opposite team. And it was not until a few minutes before the end of the match that Johnson Augustine scored a goal for his team, leaving the two teams tied 1-1.
A thirty minute overtime, during which each team played fifteen minutes on each side of the field did not help change the score. Each team played on the defensive, while both goal keepers skillfully stopped attempts at scoring.
The only way to give a team an advantage was to go to penalty kicks, each team allowed five attempts at scoring goals.
Abacom United went first and scored, Heat missed. They also missed the second attempt thanks to a great deflection of Abacom’s goal keeper, Mishler Joseph. Abacom United scored again. Heat scored with the third, fourth and fifth kicks but three goals were not enough to take the advantage since Abacom United had not missed once.
The final score was 5-3.
Malcom Spicer, President of the Abaco Football Association, handed out the Cup to Abacom United’s goal keeper. Abacom’s fans were overjoyed, hugging each other and congratulating the players.
It was a very enjoyable match with suspense; even though both teams’ players defended the title aggressively, they acted fairly. Both goal keepers played a great part in keeping the score even.
Abacom United is also the league’s champion. There will be a final game on May 26 to determine second and third place.
Also, an Independence Celebration game will take place on July 16. It should be a fun outing with sports, food and music.