Blowouts, shutouts and ties highlight football play | Island Sun

Blowouts, shutouts and ties highlight football play

Caption: Wolue’s Mauricio Villanueva tries to control the ball from One Love defenders Alcise Savery and Colin Lavia 

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

One Love, the 2019 BVI Football Association League champs tied the Wolues, One Caribbean blew out newcomers Positive and Virgin Gorda United shutout Old Madrid, to highlight weekend play.

One Love tied their match with Wolues and shared the points during a 1-1 draw, as Phil Nelson’s first half penalty kick was cancelled out by Richard Morgan’s second half spot kick, by which time both teams were down to ten men.

“It was a tough game, always physical against One Love and so are we. We got a red card about halfway through the first half, but then we managed to score and were just clinging on for the rest of the game,” Nelson noted. “Then they went down to 10 men and we kinda lost our intensity when it was on par with the players really. Maybe its two points struck but at the end of the day, getting a point against One Love isn’t a bad result. We’re not too disappointed but disappointed because we were winning the game.”

One Love’s Coach Mark Savage said they played a better second half after missing first half opportunities but a lack of training showed with his players and a lack of discipline to the system.

“Supporting each other on the pitch was really lacking tonight,” he said. “Yes we came back with a penalty but we had chances to go on top by far and it came back and haunt us so we ended up with one point tonight. No hard feelings. We’re going back to the drawing board and taking it up to another level when we come back out.”

Nelson said they had a lot of energy sapped from them as they played a large portion of the game with 10 men, which was tiring. “They had a lot of the ball so with the energy sapped out of us, it was tough to get up the pitch to get those chances.”

Savage said when the Wolues looked tired in the second half, they should have capitalized.

“Even when the numbers were 10 (to) 11 before we got our red card, we could have dominated the game totally, if we maintained holding the ball, playing the ball on the floor, moving the ball around on the deck,” he pointed out. “That’s all we had to do and we beat teams that way. (They) just have to follow instructions.”

One Caribbean blew out newcomers Positive, 16-1 in their league debut. One Caribbean put them to the sword from as early as the sixth minute on Saturday, when Charles Pieere opened the scoring on his way to a first half hat trick and a final personal tally of four goals. However, he was outshone by Kelvin Glasgow who completed a double hat trick in the 85th minute to make the final score 16-1.

Anthony Daye did find the back of the net for a consolation goal for Positive, but with additional One Caribbean goals coming from Dylan Cline, Dennis Tayler, Chaz Scott, and Martino Rosier (2) it was really a day to forget for the debutante.

“After a devastating last season and losing five youth players in the transfer window, we have had to rebuild the team,” Once Caribbean Coach Morris Mark stated. “Playing against a new team in the league gave us the opportunity to gel the players and allowed us to play our brand of football, passing and moving, and Positive seemed unable to handle the early  pressure.”

Virgin Gorda United were the other big winners, cruising past Old Madrid, 8-0, on Sunday in Greenland, with Thomas “Manly” Albert netting four times. The other goals came from Devante Samuel, Sheldon Harry, who also got his marching orders late in the second half and Joel Mars who scored twice.

Meanwhile, on the Virgin Gorda Recreation Grounds, reigning league and President’s Cup champions Sugar Boys, overpowered Lion Heart, 4-2. Donning his Sugar Boys colors after playing Wicket Keeper Captain for Grenada in the Peter Haycraft Cup during a 30-run elimination loss to St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Derol Redhead scored twice and Alejandro Sanchez also twice to put the Boys four goals up. However, Lion Heart gave the Virgin Gorda fans a few nervous moments, scoring twice late on through Sheldon Brown and Owen Bertram, to set up a grandstand finish, but the home side stayed firm.