By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A freak own goal in the 90th minute by Islanders’ goalkeeper Monty Butler—in a match that had been 0-0 up until then, although both teams had their chances but were unable to finish—handed the Sugar Boys the Wendoll “Poto” Williams Cup for a third successive time over Islanders.
The goal, the only one of the game came from a cross shot by the Sugar Boys’ Keron Daniel out on the Islanders left hand side. The ball looked comfortably bound for Butler’s safe hands, who was guarding his near post, but inexplicably, he fumbled the ball and managed to let it bounce behind him and into the empty net.
The loss has left Islanders—the Terry Evans Memorial Cup champions—searching for answers as to why they have not been able to win the Wendol Williams Cup over the last three years.
“We did everything in the game that was possible to do, but it was just one of those nights, we couldn’t find the back of the net,” Islanders Fitzroy Daley said. “Something with this trophy, we can’t win it. This is the third time in a row we scored an own goal on ourselves. Three own goals on ourselves?” he repeated. “I don’t know what to say about about this game.”
Daley said Butler always has safe hands with those kind of balls. “I don’t know what happened,” he stated. “Just one of those nights again.”
Butler said he doesn’t know what happened. “I caught the ball, was going to run and the ball slipped out of my hand, hit my foot and went in the goal,” he explained reflecting on the play. “We could never win this cup. I don’t know why. We win some and we lose some.”
Sugar Boys captain Derol Redhead was ecstatic about the victory. “I have to congratulate the whole team,” he said. “It was a team effort and we fought down to the last minute. We didn’t get the goal we wanted but, we accepted it as it came.”
With the match in the 90th minute before the score, Redhead said at one time, he thought it would have been decided by penalty kicks, just as last month’s Terry Evans Memorial Cup. “You could have seen the tiredness showing on both teams and you could see the frustration when the goals weren’t scoring,” he noted. “I really thought it would have gone into penalty kicks at one point. But, this is really special for us right now. We came out to get the triple and we did it, so we’re thankful for that.”
Redhead said whenever they meet the Islanders, they always expect a good game—whether its in a league, a knockout or a final or group stage. “We always expect a good game from them and it was a very good game,” he noted. “We both enjoyed it, I think our fans enjoyed it and we are thankful for the win.”