By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Lion Heart fell asleep in the first half, trailed 3-1, then made a valiant second half comeback to stun Old Madrid 5-3, on Saturday in Greenland, in BVI Football Association play.
Nano Ottley, Fitzroy Daley and Giovanni Grant, each scored in the first half for Old Madrid’s 3-0 lead, before Necarious Watt’s goal just before the break, cut the deficit to 3-1. Goals from Shevaughn Thomas and Rohan Sweeney before Janel Ferdinand notched the go ahead goal in the 75th minute, completed their stirring comeback.
“This is a game that’s even hard to talk about,” Old Madrid’s Coach Elroy “Mandraker” Mills told Island Sun Sports. “After leading 3-1 in the first half, we went out a little lackadaisical in the second half, they got a free kick, no one stayed close to the ball and the keeper did some bad keeping. We scored three goals against and three goals for ourselves, so it was like we scored six goals.”
Mills said his team is unfit and shows no discipline and most of the guys don’t like to attend practices.
“That’s the challenge we have,” he noted. “We’re trying to work on it. We had a good turnout last week, but still, some of the good starters aren’t coming to practice.”
Lion Heart’s Coach Winston Brown, told Island Sun Sports that it was not an easy task in the first half.
“We weren’t playing any ball but in the second half, we made a couple changes and the game changed,” he reflected. “I had confidence in my players that we would win this. When we were down, 3-1, we knew we could come back.”
Also in Greenland on Sunday, league leaders Islanders used Kevin Fisher’s first half hat trick, to stomp the Rebels, 5-1. Fisher’s goals came in the 17th, 19th and 36th. Okeyne Thenstead added the fourth first half goal in the 37th and Rohan “Chi Chi” Lennon rounded out the scoring in the 88th, with the Rebels only score coming in the 73rd.
“My team came out prepared and we took it,” Fisher told Island Sun Sports. “The hat trick just came. I know how the center back play saw his weakness and I took him on. That’s just it. There was a slow reaction of the defenders. Once you react slowly, I’m going to take you on and advance quickly and put it in the net.”
In assessing the game, Islanders Coach Andy Davis said it was a good game and he thought both teams played well.
“Fortunately for us, we got on top in terms of opening the scoring sheet early, Kevin got a hat trick which was really good for him as a national team striker, definitely an opportunity in the national league to show his dominance,” Davis said. “We also got wonderful goals by Chi Chi, (Rohan Lennon) and Gismore (Anfernee Johnson), it’s about time he got on the scoring sheet. In the second half, I thought we got kind of tired and the tiredness showed in the legs of the players. We didn’t create as many opportunities as we did early in the first half. Definitely, the field was a factor, the heat in that players getting tired so there are things we have to work on in terms of condition for the next game.”