Club Santacruzense lift Dewar Shield in thrilling encounter

The Mayor of Santa Cruz on the island of Madeira, Portugal, Filipe Sousa presents Leandro Amaro captain of Santacruzense with the Dewar Shield

The Mayor of Santa Cruz on the island of Madeira, Portugal, Filipe Sousa presents Leandro Amaro captain of Santacruzense with the Dewar Shield

Club Santacruzense de Londres yesterday lifted the Dewar Shield in thrilling fashion snatching it away from holders Sabanoh 97 4-1.

Sabanoh 97 started brightly and looked very dangerous with Rashid Kamara on the left very lively. It was he who fired Sabanoh into the lead, finishing superbly. Sabanoh nearly kept the lead until half-time when Sergiomar Da Silva levelled just before the half time whistle. The second half started with Santacruzense more of an attacking threat, but Sabanoh very dangerous on the break. It was Anthony Sam-King who sent the 300+ followers of Santacruzense into raptures, by inadvertently diverting the ball past his own goalkeeper to put the Portuguese side 2-1 up. Sabanoh 97 roared forward and though they had got back into the game after David Noel nodded in, but it was controversially ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper. This seemed to break Sabanoh, and Santacruzense came forward and Joel Ramos cut in from the left wing and rifled a shot into the top corner of the superb Fred Darko's net to make it 3-1. There was still time for some salt to be rubbed into the Sabanoh wounds as substitute Rafael Pinto collected a short corner and fired onto the bottom corner.

Sabanoh will look to bounce back next week in the Presidents Cup Final against Jam at Welling United FC, while Santacruzense will look to close the league gap at the top to take the top spot from Sabanoh. A league title match on the final day of the season? What drama could follow???