Lion Heart  pins first loss on Virgin Gorda United, 3-2 | Island Sun

Lion Heart  pins first loss on Virgin Gorda United, 3-2

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Lion Heart’s Terondo Gilbert, left, and Virgin Gorda United’s Sheldon Harry Jr., have their eyes on the ball as they fight for control on Sunday night

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

A Tyrone Buddah hat trick, helped Lion Heart pin the first loss on Virgin Gorda United 3-2, on Sunday night, which catapulted them into sixth place in the BVI Football Association’s Men’s League standings, after the visitors had been reduced to ten men.

Buddah found the net in the 7th, 19th and 67th minutes for his trio. Shelon Harry’s 36th legger and Jadon Abrams’ score in the 56th were all that VG United could muster.

“Lion Heart really took it to us, they really started the game with a lot of pressure, really aggressive,” VG United’s Coach Jermain Abrahams told Island Sun Sports. “But I think in the second half, we came back as a team and really settled them down and at key moments we brought the game to a 2-2 tie after a free kick. I think we really let up on the defense. We had their team under pressure, in my opinion, it was a really soft goal for that third goal.”

Lion Heart’s Manager, Winston Brown said that it was a good victory for his team. “We came out knowing that we had this game. I told my guys just go out there and bounce around the ball, don’t play the ball fast, settle down the game and we got the victory,” Brown said. “Those young guys are very aggressive, fast and fit, so we had to play aggressively to get the victory.”

One Love’s march up the standings continued unabated as they closed the gap at the top to just three points, after league champs Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys played the Wolues to a 1-1 draw and they beat Panthers 2-1, on goals by Colin Lavia in the 15th and Shayne Prince in the 39th.  Ezra Allyene scored in the 41st for the Panthers.

“We came under some pressure in the last seconds of the second half, but we emerged victorious,” One Love’s Coach Mark Savage noted of the 2019 champs. “This brings us up to second place in the league, hopefully in the New Year, we’ll maintain this momentum that we have going and see if we can win this league.”

The Wolues needed a last gap penalty to secure a share of the points with Sugar Boys as Marcus Robinson struck from the penalty spot in the ninth minute of added time at the end of the game to level the score, after Romaine Henry had put the Boys ahead in the 12th minute.

“We felt the first half was evenly balanced,” Wolues’ Chris Pease said. “Sugar Boys always pass the ball around well, but we created lots of problems for them out wide and with our pace up front. As the game went on, we felt we were the better team and it was therefore a big relief to get the goal at the end. If we had come away with no points it would have been a harsh result. Importantly we’ve kept the gap to four points so if we can win the return fixture it should keep the pressure on them in the title race.”

Islanders bounced back from a loss with a 10-0 win against Positive after the game was halted during the second half as Positive were reduced to less than the required players on the pitch following a sending off.

The Islanders goal scorers were DeAndre Rogers (5th min), McTair James (23rd, 31st and 38th), Primo Francis 33rd and 40th), Enrico Bowen (47th), Devon Letteen (53rd and 54th) and Tugel Regisford penalty kick in the 69th.

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