Touring Bath United Football Team Perform Well in Antigua

The Bath United Football team was a part of what was dubbed ‘the Antigua-Nevis Cup, hosted by the Young Warriors Football club, of Antigua.

The matches were scheduled for the Pigott’s Playing field, located at Piggott’s Village.

The schedule of fixtures:

Friday 23rd September-Young warriors v Attacking Saints at 5.30 pm

Bath United v Piggott’s Bullets at 7.30 pm

Saturday 24th September-Piggott’s Bullets v Attacking Saints at 5.30 pm

Young Warriors v Bath United at 7.30 pm

Sunday 25th September-Bath United v Attacking Saints at 4.30 pm

Young Warriors v Piggott’s Bullets at 6.30 pm

Presentation ceremony at 8 pm

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Double strikes by Young Lions’ Zavier Joseph and Omarion Bartlette of visitors Bath United of Nevis inspired their clubs to comfortable wins on the opening night of the inaugural four-team Antigua-Nevis Cup football tournament at the Pigotts Playing Field on Friday.

Joseph strikes aided by Jalan Willock’s conversion capped a fine second-half comeback by Lions who overcame Young Warriors 3-1 in the first game.

Bartlette’s brace after half-time helped the Nevisians blank Pigotts Bullets 2-0 on their own ground.

Reuben Rubel had given host club Warriors a 12-minute lead which they held until early in the second half before Joseph twice and Willock exploited defensive lapses to earn Lions a revenge victory after the Warriors had beaten them in the ABFA Knock-Out last month.

Then on Saturday24th September, Bath United underlined their intent to capture the inaugural Antigua-Nevis Cup football tournament when they stormed back to subdue hosts Young Warriors 3-1 in the second round of matches to make it two wins in two matches on Saturday at the Pigotts Playing Field.

Home club Pigotts Bullets, who were beaten 2-0 by Bath on Friday’s first round of matches, ensured that they kept in the hunt for title honors by overpowering Young Lions of Old Road 3-0 in the first game of the doubleheader.

For the second successive night, the youthful Warriors let slip an early lead as they conceded a needless free-kick from which Bath equalized on the stroke of half-time through Venreece Richards’ precise left-footed lop into the top corner from an acute angle on the right-hand side of the penalty area.

This after Warriors’ Jahvorn Joshua had pounced on a loose ball inside the box to hit low past the Bath goalkeeper Vibert Stephen after 24 minutes.

Stephens made amends by giving the Nevisians the lead when he slotted home a 52nd-minute penalty awarded from a foul by a Warriors’ defender who was subsequently red-carded Forward Omarion Bartlette entrenched his position as top marksman when rifled in a stinging left-footer to take his tally to three goals in two matches.

Bath’s win meant they remain the only team with a 100 percent record and only need a draw against Young Lions in Sunday’s concluding fixture. Goals by Akeem Isaac, Casean Stevens, Elijah McDonald fired the Bullets to their first win in two matches to atone fie Friday’s reversal against Bath at home.

Isaac netted midway through the first half before converting a head and McDonald sealed the win with a low drive into the far corner.

Bath United won 3-1 over Young Warriors

Goal scorers:
Venreece Richards
Vibert Stephen
Omarion Bartlette

So, Bath led with six points followed by Young Lions and Bullets with three each and Young Warriors pointless.

The Antigua-Nevis Cup was set to wrap up on Sunday with a doubleheader comprising Bullets against Young Warriors @ 5:30 pm and Young Lions entertaining Bath @ 7:30 pm at Old Road Playing Field. A presentation ceremony was scheduled afterward.

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