By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A new and improved Positive held One Love to 2-0 at the half, before One Love muscled their way to a 6-0 victory in the BVI Football Association’s Men’s League, `that saw them leapfrog into second place in the standings, just three points behind Sugar Boys with a game in hand.
One Love’s five game winning streak came from two Collin Lavia goals (53, 63) and two from Shane Prince, (67, 72). Chavaughn Williams opened the scoring in the 19th and Julian Davidson gave them a 2-0 lead at the half with his 43rd minute legger.
“Good game. Started out sticky, playing their game hit and chase, hit and chase,” noted One Love’s Coach Mark Savage. “But we’re superior to them. We started scoring in the first half and in the second half, took full control. It could have been more, but six-nil is enough to show our dominance.”
Positive’s Coach Jeffrey “Zambi” Demming, said he wasn’t satisfied but with the transfer window opened through Jan 31, they’re still expecting to add players. “We ran into some injuries and fitness showed too,” he said. “We need to get on the field and work on our fitness level. That played a part in the second half.”
Savage said Positive—who has only scored one goal this season—definitely played a better first half. “Football evolves and the team has gotten better, so I have to give that to them, they really stood out tonight,” Savage noted. “But they need some more work.”
With five straight victories, the 2019 champs said they have been training now, something he hopes can be maintained as they did win the title four years ago. “We’re putting everything in place,” he said of the move to be among the Big Four. “Definitely, staying on top, that’s what we’re aiming for. Staying on top and being the champion of the league this year.”
Lion Heart, though shorthanded, had no problem in dealing with Old Madrid, 6-1, as they started with only eight players but were able to dominate their opponents from the first whistle. Maxwell Clark netted a hat trick (41, 57, 9-+2), Tyrone Buddah a brace (17, 24) and Michael Butt, (3), rounded out the scoring as Lion Heart secured their fourth win of the campaign and applied some pressure on the top four.
Lion Heart Manager, Winston Brown, said it was “a big victory” for his team. “We created history as far as I can recall, starting the game with just eight players and with the intention to add the remaining players as the game progressed,” Brown said. “However, we had to play the entire game with only the eight players and still came out victorious. We approached the game skillfully, executed our defending style and did not give our opponent a chance to weigh in on us. We give the Almighty God all the thanks for the win.”
Kenmore Peters scored what turned out to be a consolation goal for Old Madrid in the 86th.