Islanders secure 8th league title with 3-1 victory over Old Madrid

Old Madrid’s Goalkeeper Egbert Issac, right, secures the ball from Islanders De Andrea Rodgers’ attempted shot on goal

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Islanders overcame a 0-1 deficit with three successive goals to claim their 8th BVI Football Association League title in 10 years, with a 3-1 victory over Old Madrid on Sunday in Greenland. 

Ex Islander Fitzroy Daley gave Old Madrid a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the match, scoring from a penalty. Islanders Captain Ranalie Cain knotted the match at 1-1, when he counted with a  penalty  shot in the 26thminute. Sheldon Harry then put the Islanders ahead in the 35th minute, but it was not until the 72nd minute when Rohan “Chichi” Lennon made it 3-1, that the Islanders settled the title race and the early celebration began.

Islanders Coach Andy Davis said every game was a tough game. 

“I know the qualities of the guys and they know what’s at stake, so it was a competitive game and at the end of the day, we came out on top, 3-1, go congratulations to the  guys,” Davis told Island Sun Sports, noting that it was the club’s eight title since its formation. “No fault of the guys for the length of this season, but winning this league just shows the determination of the guys, the dedication, what we put in practice they try to put out on the field. We try to do the basics and I feel that the team that does the basics right and consistently, eventually wins the league. We put away the chances when we had them, we defended well and kept the ball moving, which has been Islanders football from day one, so I’m so proud of the guys.”

Old Madrid’s Coach Elroy “Mandraker” Mills told Island Sun Sports about his team’s breakdown. 

“We scored, then our then our No 1 keeper got mashed up, brought on the second keeper, the first ball came to him, he brought down a guy in the box, got a penalty and discipline again,” he said. “That’s all of our problem all the time—discipline. The game was to start at 4, some of the guys didn’t get here till 4:30 and that’s very bad. I don’t know why the officials didn’t call off the game. But we played well, gave up some easy goals, some baby goals. We gave up a lot of chances. We could have won that game.”

The 14-2-2 Islanders will close their season against third place Sugar Boys, 11-2-5 on Virgin Gorda, this weekend. 

“It’s going to be a tough game and we’re not going to take it lightly, but at the same time, there’s a number of young players that need an opportunity to play that need more game time,” Davis noted. “I want to see more of them, see what they have because they’re the future of Islanders going forward and it would definitely be a good experience playing against a tough time like Sugar Boys. So, we’ll look forward to it, try to win and go undefeated (against them).”

The second placed Wolues, 12-3-3, romped to a 5-0 rout of 6-3-10, One Love. The Wolues goals came from Captain Phillip Nelson, who scored from the penalty spot in the 4th minute; Ian Chambers who scored twice in the 29th and 52nd minutes, Noel Maxwell in the 32nd and Chester James in the 82nd.

In other results, the Sugar Boys, 11-2-5, thumped the 6-1-12 Rebels, 4-0 on goals from Jorge Gonzalez (24th), Terence Nanton (42nd), Derrol Redhead 83rd and 89th. Lion Heart, 6-7-5, played to a 3-3 draw with the 4thplace Panthers, 9-2-8, with Necarious Watt (28th), Dwayne Smith (34th) and Sheldon Brown (79th) all on target for Lion Heart, while Nigel Sanderson (45th and 75th) and Vanrick Depesche (50th) replied for the Panthers.