By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Virgin Gorda United and the Panthers advanced to the May 15 BVIFA Super 6 Series knockout phase, after the final weekend of regular season action.
With just two places to fill going into the final round of matches, VG United, One Caribbean and Old Madrid, all had mathematical chances to stay alive for the coveted two sport in the competition, but as the results came in everything went the way of the Panthers who had completed their season with 10 points.
VG United played One Caribbean to a 0-0 draw, earning their advancing ticket.
Old Madrid saw their slim hopes disintegrate after Lion Heart scored three second half goals to hand them a 5-2 defeat, despite taking a 2-1 lead by the 34th minute, after Fitzroy Bailey cancelled out Sheldon Browns opener and Lion Heart conceded an own goal. However, from then on it was all Lion Heart. They added goals by Shevaughn Thomas (42nd), Brown again (67th) Janelle Ferdinand (71st) and Dwayne Smith (82nd) to secure the win.
On Sunday at the Virgin Gorda Recreation Grounds, the final spot was claimed when VG United and One Caribbean produced a 0-0 game that ultimately gave VG the point they needed, but proved not enough for One Caribbean, who despite finishing level with the Panthers on points and goal difference, ceded the 6th and final spot in the standings to Panthers, by virtue of total goals scored.
One Caribbean mustered 10 goals during the season compared to Panthers 15—14 of which had been scored by regular season Golden Boot, Nigel Sanderson.
In settling the top spot in the league on Saturday in Greenland, the Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys overcame an 0-2 first half deficit with three second half goals, to finish on top the pile, following their stunning come from behind 3-2 win over Wolues, who had rushed into a two-goal lead through Michael Palladino (1st) and Luca Reich (25th). George Gonzalez netted in the 62nd minute to give the Sugar Boys a way back and the equalizer came in the 80th minute from Akeem Hendrickson, before German Gonzalez scored the winner in the 4th minute of added time at the end of the game.
In the weekend’s other result, the Rebels secured their first win of a disappointing campaign, a 6-2 drubbing of 2019 BVIFA league champs, One Love, with Denvin Jones smashing a hat trick (17th, 45th and 62nd minutes). Austin Prentice (15th and 64th) netted a brace and Webster Pryce rounded out the scoring. For One Love, Guillaume Parkins (30th) and Travalta Francis (90+1) were on the score sheet.