Rebels extend streak to 13 with 4-1 win over Lion Heart

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Rebels’ Jamal Prentice attempts a header ahead of his Lion Heart’s counterpart  

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Relying on the strength of its youth players, Rebels opened up a five-point gap on the Virgin Gorda based Sugar Boys at the top of the National Football League standings, with a 13th  successive unbeaten game, after turning back Lion Heart, 4-1 on Sunday in Greenland.

National Youth and Senior squad members, Austin Prentice, Johari Lacey and Ikyjah Williams, propelled Rebels 11-2-3, into a 3-0 lead inside an hour of play, and with Curtly Peters adding a fourth with 25 minutes still to go on the clock, a rout was on the cards. However, Lion Heart rallied to stop the rout and scored a consolation goal in the 72nd minute.

“We wanted to go into the game calmly because we are looking forward to the Sugar Boys game, because it’s going to be a tough game for us,” Rebels Coach Audain Lenon said of this weekend’s encounter.  “We had a few injuries so basically, we wanted to rotate the guys. We have to focus on our composure more on the front of the game and focus more on our defensive side of the game. We’re playing together, have good chemistry and basically, that’s it for us.”

Against Sugar Boys, Lenon said they’ll have to focus on their game plan to come out on top. He said he’d like to see his team more composed in front of the goal.

Lion Heart’s Coach Winston Browne, said his 4-2-8 group has to regroup and come again as several of his top players have returned to their homeland. “The side is weaker and we’re down, but we’re coming back,” Browne said. “Today, we started with seven men and that got us off to a bad start.

In the battle for bragging rights on Virgin Gorda, the 9-3-2 Sugar Boys were held 1-1 by the 8-2-4, Virgin Gorda United and will definitely view it as two points dropped after they held onto a 1-0 lead until the second minute of added time at the end of the game, when Deshawn Richardson fired home, to cancel out Jorge Gonzalez’ 15th minute opener.  

“The two teams were equally matched,” VG United Coach Jermain Abrams said. “And a draw ended up as a good result as we battled until the very end. The game did not live up to all the hype, but we feel good coming away with a point.”

In other games played, it was just the second victory for the 2-0-12 One Caribbean, who beat Old Madrid, 2-1 with all the goals coming in the first half,  as Adrian Padilla netted the winner in the 44th minute. Earlier, Kelvin Glasgow had fired One Caribbean into the lead with a 5th minute strike before Coy Robinson equalized in the 8th minute.

The 9-1-5 Panthers kept themselves in the title chasing pack, with a 2-0 victory against One Love, 5-3-7, as Wayne Phillips kept his scoring streak going with an 89th minute goal that finally broke open a resolute One Love defense. Nigel Sanderson made sure of all three points, doubling the advantage in the 89th minute.

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