The Technical Director of the National Super League today declared officially, Cunupia Football Club as the winners of the 2016 NSL Championship Division.
There was some confusion over the weekend when a release on the final round of matches congratulated UTT on becoming champions, but this was not verified by the Technical Director, Wayne Cesar at that time, according to a press release from the National Super League.
Cunupia and UTT both secured 32 points during the league season, with UTT having a better goal difference. However since 2005, the National Super League changed it’s regulations after a final round game the previous year had yielded 21 goals. The clubs and then technical director, agreed on the change from 2005 giving as the second tie breaker, head to head ( Meaning results of the games between the two teams tied at the end of the league). Goal Difference has been the 5th. tie breaker since then.
There has been no revision of the regulations since 2005 nor has the NSL been required to use the tie break system. These regulations are contained in article 17 of the TTFA National Super League rules and regulations. This means Cunupia will receive the $140,000 First Prize.
There was no query raised on the tie break system at the traditional start of season briefing, this year.
Meanwhile the National Super League also advises that there is one outstanding matter to be determined by the TTFA Disciplinary committee which may impact on the third place in this year’s competition. This is a matter between Saddle Hill Hotspurs and Petit Valley/Diego Martin United FC.
The management of the NSL congratulates Cunupia Fc and apologises unreservedly to UTT for frustrating their hopes of a first league title.
For More Information, please call: Wayne Cesear at 683 7136 or Richard Piper at 720 4188.
In Wednesday’s other match at Barrackpore Recreation Ground, host club, Barrackpore United Sports Club whipped Prisons 5-2 led by a double from Jesse Downing in the second and 12th minutes.
Saturday’s final round of matches also featured a fight for the division’s leading scorer title which in the end went to Youth Stars’ Hakeem Legall ahead with 15 goals closely followed by Barrackpore’s Mikheil Peters and UTT’s Bartholomew, with 13 each.
They are followed by Spartans’ Donavon Derrick (12), Cunupia FC’s Michael Yaw Darko (11), and Connell and Cunupia’s Stevon Stoute with 10 apiece.
As runners-up UTTwill get $100,000, while Spartan take home $80,000 for third spot and Hotspur, $60,000 as fourth placed finishers.
The top five “Players of Year” will each collect $1,500 and the “Most Valuable Player”, $3,000.
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Cunupia 16 10 2 4 38 22 32
UTT 16 9 5 2 44 20 32
Spartans 16 8 2 6 33 30 26
Saddle Hill 15 8 1 6 32 34 25
Barrackpore 16 6 3 7 33 28 21
T&T Prisons 16 5 5 6 28 31 20
Youth Stars 16 6 0 10 34 33 18
P.V/D.M 15 5 2 8 23 33 17
Carenage 16 3 2 11 15 48 11
UTT 2 (Dillon Bartholomew 3rd, Shaquille Smith 63rd) vs Youth Stars 1 (Akeel Sterling 11th)
T&T Prisons FC 5 (Kerry Frederick 73rd, 81st, Anthony Parris 30th, Andy Alves 57th, Roland Walcott Jr 65th) vs Central 500 Spartans 2 (Keron Alexander 15th, Donavon Derrick 74th)
Petit Valley/Diego Martin United 4 vs Saddle Hill Hotspur 3 – Match abandoned in the 73rd minute with Petit Valley/Diego Martin 4-3 ahead
Barrackpore United SC 5 (Jesse Downing 2nd, 12th, Mikheil Peters 56th, Anton Charles 83rd, Renaldo Jack 85th) vs T&T Prisons 2 (Andy Alves 45th, 87th)
UTT 8 (Kevaughn Connell 8th, 32nd, 55th, Dillon Bartholomew 17th, 37th, 73rd, Theon James 23rd, Shaquille Smith 84th) vs Saddle Hill Hotspur 3 (Stern John 58th, Andre Rampersad 80th, Hector Sam 82nd) .