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President Lugo hails St. David’s survival feat

St. David's president Aaron Lugo hailed his side's team effort in their win over Boulevard on Sunday that saw the Warriors retain their top-flight status for next season.

The Islanders needed a victory to keep themselves out of the second and final relegation spot heading into the final weekend of league fixtures.

St. David's could ill afford to give up their advantage over Somerset Eagles, who held down the final relegation spot, given their vastly inferior goal difference. The win, however, coupled with an Eagles loss, has now confirmed that the club will be in the Premier Division next year, something that Lugo is thrilled with.

“Sunday's result was a total team effort, the players listened to the coach's instructions and executed his plans,” said Lugo. “It was a good day for Angelo (Cannonier) with his hat-trick, and it's a job well done as a whole for the team.

“It was important to not let it go down to the last day. This is history for us as we're usually the team who come up and then go right back down.

“I think the only other time we stayed up was when Hotels dropped out and we were allowed to remain in the league, so this is a boost to us, not only for the players but also for the community.”

With fate resting in their own hands, and already having beaten Boulevard earlier in the season, the side had a day to remember in their 5-1 victory over Blazers.

The president admitted that he didn't want it to go down to the last weekend, which would have seen St. David's face off against Eagles in a winner take all match at White Hill Field.

That match is now irrelevant with the bottom half of the table sorted out and Lugo now wants the side to focus on their FA Cup date with Southampton Rangers with their survival now confirmed.

The St. David's defender also thanked those who were a valuable part of keeping the side in the division.

“With this result securing our place for next year in the Premier Division, we can now fully focus on the FA Cup against Southampton Rangers and commit to that,” Lugo said.

“There were a lot of positives, especially the coaching staff. They have been in some harsh situations but have come through them and the same plan that Kameron Fox and Jack Castle put together last year has worked and we have kept it going.”

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Published March 15, 2011 at 2:00 am (Updated March 15, 2011 at 10:33 am)

President Lugo hails St. David’s survival feat

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