Islanders Snatch Hosts Panthers’ Title With 3-1 Victory


By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

The National Bank Islanders broke a tie to beat hosts Panthers 3-1 on Sunday in Greenland in their 25thanniversary tournament. 

The National Bank Islanders got unanswered goals from Ronalie Caines, Kevin Fisher and Uriah Jn Baptiste, after the Panthers player-coach Wayne “Zeggie” Phillip, opened the scoring.

“What I realize is that we didn’t stick to the game plan,” Phillip said. “We are attacking in the first half which of course worked very well for us, but then we realized and allowed them to come to us and that was our problem, instead of attacking the ball and allowing them to take those shots.”

Venton James said the victory is a good boost for his National Bank Islanders as they’re trying to rebuild the team.

“We had some issues for the last season that ended and we’re trying to go forward with a stronger unity,” he said. “This win is a big boost for the club itself.”

The National Bank Islanders had been the most dominant football team over the last few years, basically capturing every tournament or competing for titles. James said there were a number of issues they’re now trying to iron out in terms of training and getting the team to mesh.  

“We have some new younger players and we’re trying to build the team back,” he noted. “There were a lot of different issues contributing to the tournaments last year, as well as discipline problems, so we’re working to get the club strong again.”