By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Coach Mark Savage said his One Love team is ‘back on track’ after closing out the weekend with a 3-1 victory over One Caribbean.
Shayne Prince fired home a hat trick to put his team in the ascendancy. His goals came in the 10th, 35th and 46th minute, while Charles Pierre had given One Caribbean some hope with a penalty in the 29th minute.
“This victory is really important. We had a break, missed a few games but we’re back on track now,” he told Island Sun Sports. “This is very important to get some points back on the board, and put us up on the chart. So good win tonight. We took dominance from the first half to take a 3-1 victory, so I’m feeling good tonight.”
One Caribbean’s Coach Morris Mark, said they got some things done, did some things well and some things they didn’t do well. “As a unit, we didn’t communicate enough on the field and because of that, One Love won the engine area of the field which is the middle of the field,” he noted. “They took advantage of us because they won the midfield area. We should have taken advantage of our opportunities, we didn’t early in the first half, and that caused us to lose 3-1. We had two chances that we should have scored and that made the difference at the end of the day.”
Elsewhere, Bernard Cumberbatch had a hat trick and Virgin Gorda United went on their way to an emphatic 7-1 victory over the Panthers. Adrian Padilla netted twice and there was a goal each for Jaden Abrams and Joel Mars in what was described by manager, Jermain Abrams as ‘a good bounce back’ after a couple of weeks off.
“We were missing some of the veterans, but the youngsters stepped up, used their speed, got the ball moving and more than held their own defensively,” he pointed out. “We were hoping for a shutout, but unfortunately, they scored as our defense did not deal with a bouncing ball. Overall though, I feel really good about the win. I feel really good about the rest of the season and I’m proud of the way the team played and are enjoying playing together.”
Ezra Alleyne scored the sole goal for Panthers.
In a battle between winless teams, Old Madrid kick started their campaign under new coach, Kelvin Eubanks with a 9-0 romp against Positive. Jodini James opened the scoring and then Felix Percival, on his way to a hat trick, followed by Terrance Smith and Kenmore Peters, made it 4-0 at the break.
The second half of the game which Eubanks saw as a great confidence boost for the rest of the season, saw Old Madrid score five more unanswered goals as Percival completed his hat trick, Nano Ottley fired home twice and Anthony Bramble also got on the score sheet.
“Delighted with the win,” Eubanks said. “We were able to take advantage of the tactics they used and capitalize on some of the weaknesses we saw. It’s not been a great season so far, so hopefully we can take the positives from this game, work hard and improve how we play from now on.”
Rebels and Lion Heart FC shared the points in a 1-1 draw, as Johari Lacey’s 31st minute opener for Rebels was canceled out just seven minutes later by Shavaughn Thomas.
“We should have scored more and certainly had chances to do so,” Rebels Coach, Latoya Sue said. “We gifted them their equalizer, but all in all it was a really good game and I’m proud of the team.”