February 28 2003
St. Lucia's Earl Jean tries to get the ball from BVI captain Avondale
Williams during Sunday's match
St. Lucia beats the BVI 1-0 in 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
Titus Elva scored the game's lone goal in the 55th minute to give St. Lucia
a 1-0 victory over the BVI on Sunday at the A. O. Shirley Recreation
Grounds, in the first leg of their FIFA 2006 World Cup qualifying series.
The teams will meet in St. Lucia on March 28.
"It was a simple mistake that cost us the game," BVI coach Michael Tulloch
said. "I feel that we should have won the game because we got enough
chances to come out victorious in this game. Normally, St. Lucia would have
over run us but we carried the fight to them, especially in the second
half. We showed them that we are a team to be reckoned with and I give
myself a fighting chance going into St. Lucia."
St. Lucia's coach Kingsley Armstrong said he thought they should have won
by a wider margin. "I'm not taking anything away from the British Virgin
Islands team. I think they were determined. They kept to the task and they
had us working very hard for that victory," Armstrong noted. "We made a few
mistakes especially in the attacking part on the field, but, you must give
credit to the BVI."
On a throw in from the left corner in the 28th, St. Lucia's Sheldlon
Emmanuel missed a header that went to the right of goal keeper Monty
Butler. Emmanuel made another attempt from 25 yard out in the 38th, but the
ball hit the right side of the goal post. St. Lucia continued its attack on
the BVI when Jarvin Skeete missed his chance as the ball sailed right in
the 42nd minute. St. Lucia came closest to scoring in the 43rd minute when
Valencius Joseph's attempt from a penalty was blocked by Butler, as both
teams settled for a scoreless half time after missing their chances.
The BVI came out aggressive in the second half, but when St. Lucia got the
ball Elva was able to beat Troy Williams then placed the ball to the right
of Butler in the 55th for a 1-0 lead. Five minutes later, Elva fed Skeete a
ball just outside the box but his header sailed to the right. On their next
possession, Elva received a pass from Marcianno Cadet, but his header was
blocked by Butler.
"The first half of play went exactly to plan. Unfortunately, we missed a
number of chances where I thought we should have scored," Armstrong said.
"We were able to come back in the second half and get one. Although we were
under pressure in the second half, we were able to keep out nerves and
defend out one goal lead."
Heading to St. Lucia for their next game, Tulloch said they will have to
apply themselves more in terms of strategy. "Our defensive work at times
was shoddy in terms on not marking properly, but with a little more
physical work over the next two weeks, I feel we should be right there,"
Tulloch said. "Our finishing wasn't up to what I expected. We got chances
that we should have kicked to goal and we didn't. I'm going to be working
on getting the guys to kick at goal."
Armstrong promises a different game for the return leg on March 28. "We
know what to expect from them now," he said. "We can see that they are a
very physical team. They look very fit and they play hard. We will prepare
to meet them. Hopefully, we can win by a wider margin."
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