A 3-2 win over Pride and Joy meant that Layou stayed unbeaten (9 wins , three draws) throughout the competition and amassed 29 points in the process.
On the actual field of play, Layou took the lead in the 7th minute through their captain- Dennis Prescott, but Pride and Joy equalized in the 35th minute through a penalty converted by Orlando Trimmingham.
Prescott was again on the score sheet in the 68th minute and completed his hat trick with a 70th minute penalty.
Trimmingham converted another penalty in the 80th minute.
This meant that Layou and Largo Height will head to the Premier Division of the next championships.
Largo Height finished second with 27 points (8 wins, three draws) and climaxed their season on Saturday with a seven-nil thrashing of QCESCO Titans. Emery Bailey hit a beaver trick, scoring in the 20th , 23rd , 46th and 63rd minutes, while Jahiem Kirby netted in the 43rd and 51st minutes and Nyron Bennett in injury time.
Layou in top flight
For Layou, it has been a painstaking wait to get back in the top flight, after being demoted in 2013.
Layou’s Head Coach Wayde Jackson referred to the team’s win on Sunday as “long in coming.”
He added, “I am elated; it is something that we always wanted, as we have reached the semi- finals twice, only to be knocked out.”
He noted that the inclusion of Shandell Samuel, Kenyon Lynch, Dennis Prescott and Ronsil Badenock, all with senior national team experience, as being pivotal.
“These guys added the experience and the guts when we needed it most, as they added guidance to the 15 and 16 year-olds,” Jackson indicated.
But while Layou is making it back to the premiership after seven years, it was a quick turnaround for Largo Height.
Runners- up in the First Division in 2017, Largo Height made it to the Premier Division for the 2018/2019 National Club Championships, only to be demoted after one season.
While Layou and Largo Height head to the Premier Division, RSVG Police, K & R Strikers, Toni Stores Jugglers and Hill View have been demoted to the Second Division.
Also promoted to the First Division are Parkside Rollers and Richmond Hill, as the number of teams will be reduced to ten.
(Source: Asbert News Network)