BY Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
When they needed him most, defending champions Islanders goal keeper Monty Butler came through, in helping them to retain the BVI Football Association Terry Evans Cup knock out crown they won in 2014, on Sunday night.
There was no 2015 competition because of work being done at the A. O. Shirley Grounds.
Butler, most importantly, made a key blocked shot, diving to his right during in a thrilling penalty kicks shootout, to fended off the Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys, 8-7, for a successful title defense.
“It was a good game, a high tempo game and definitely, both teams played really well, fortunately for us, we came out on top,” Islanders captain Andy Davis said, noting that the difference in the match was nerves. “Most of our guys are experienced so its just a matter of nerves and technique at the end of the day. This is one title that keeps coming back to Islanders even though we might have lost it once or twice, but definitely, we know we have our stamp on this title and we’ll defend it down to the end.”
Both teams played through a defensive tussle with neither squad being able to capitalize on their limited chances as they settled for 0-0 half time tie. In the 63rd minute, Kevin Fisher blasted a right legger through traffic and past the goalie to gave the Islanders a 1-0 edge.
Five minute later, the Sugar Boys’ Michael Castello equalized, then they lost another opportunity on goal, after being off side and settled for a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation, setting up the penalty shootout.
Sugar Boys captain Derol Redhead said it was a good game for the entire 90 minutes.
“We expected a good run from them and it al came down to the penalties and that’s where we lost it,” he pointed out.
Next up is the Wendol Williams Cup—a knock out series in honor of the former BVIFA Executive Committee member—who died of a heart attach en route to the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa. The competition opens on May 22.
To win that title, Davis said they’ll have to practice more as they haven’t had a chance to play together since 2014.
“Not being able to practice is taking its tool on some of the guys and we are not as young as we used to be,” he said with a chuckle. “Once we get our practices, get our fitness up, we’ll be able to challenger for the Wendol Williams Cup title.”
Redhead said they’ll evaluate their Islanders match before setting to defend the Williams Cup.
“We will see where we made our mistakes, try and work on those areas and hopefully, we can come and defend the Wendol Williams Cup,” he explained.