Paget and Young Men’s Social Club will next season do battle with the ‘big boys’ of the Premier Division, after each club won its final match on Sunday.
Paget entered the day in first place, and having the simplest route to the next level, as they needed emerge with a draw or win against second placed Wolves in order to guarantee themselves one of two spots, while Wolves could only rise with victory.
Social Club, who began the day in third place, required a combination of results, including a victory over Southampton Rangers, combined with a Paget draw or win.
The day’s end saw Paget defeat Wolves 2-1 at Wellington Oval, while Social Club beat Rangers 2-0, leaving Wolves out in the cold and left to toil for at least another year among the lower depths.
Wolves 1 – 2 Paget
Paget celebrated and held high the league trophy at Wellington Oval yesterday after they did just enough to stave off a gallant Wolves outfit during the final round of league matches.
Aquino Grant and player-coach Antwan Russell First put Lions ahead 2-0 in the first half, but the would have to fight to stay ahead, as Wolves fought back after the interval.
Troy Tucker scored for Wolves to halve the advantage and the home side continued to scratch and claw until the end, despite playing with ten men.
In winning the First Division title Paget completed the ‘double, having earlier won the Shield in beating Social Club during the Christmas/New Year’s period.
Southampton Rangers 0 – 2 Young Men’s Social Club
Social Club, like Paget, celebrated promotion on rivals’ turf, after defeating Southampton Rangers at Southampton Oval.
Social Club were spurred to victory by goals from team captain David Jones Jr and sensational midfieder Janairo Johnston, with each finding the back of the net in the first half.
Rangers made Social Club fight to maintain the lead in the second half, yet the visitors stood firm in defence as they successfully held off Rangers’ pressure.
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