By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
A topsy turvy weekend of Football, saw defending champions Islanders fall, Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys dropping in points to a resurgent Rebels and the Panthers sitting at the top of the pile.
Perhaps the weekend’s biggest surprise was 2019 champs One Love’s 2-1 victory over reigning league champs Islanders, which came after a Richard Morgan double in the 30th and 55th minute secured all 3 points despite a late consolation for the Islanders from Rogel Noel in the 89th.
“We dominated most of the match with 60% of the possession,” One Love Coach/Manager Marc Savage stated. “We played a great game and could have easily scored a lot more goals, maybe even four or five nil, but we will take the two and the victory.”
In Greenland, visiting Sugar Boys were held to a 1-1 draw by the resurgent Rebels who won their first game last week, after Terrence Nanton’s 11th minute opener was canceled out with a 13th minute equalizer by the Rebels’ Curtly Peters.
“We came out with a game plan and executed it well,” Rebels Coach Lennon Audain said. “We had many opportunities to collect all three points, but luck was on their side after they went down to 10 men in the second half. We had a few injuries going into this game and hopefully we will be in full force for our next game.”
The Panthers FC took full advantage of both the Islanders and Sugar Boys dropping points to climb into top spot of the National League, by beating Old Madrid FC 4-1 on Sunday. While the VG United game against Wolues was postponed, the Panthers took full advantage of Lion Heart also having a weekend off, to beat Old Madrid 4-1. Dervon Medica opened the scoring in the 36th minute. Rohan Sweeney tied it 1-1 in the 58th before Wayne Phillip made it 2-1 in the Panthers favor in the 60th minute. Phillip then got his league leading 9th goal of the season in the 76th and Nigel Sanderson wrapped up proceedings with a goal deep into added time at the end of the game.
“Well, honestly, we started the game a little bit slow, but you know the energy level that we live up to started to come through and we were able to really start attacking them,“ Player- Coach Phillip said. “We have a lot of young players, so they keep the energy level high, and are aggressive up top and that allowed us to dominate the game and get the win. Now we are at the top, we are just going to keep going and prove to everyone that we belong there.”