By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The Rebels used Michael Baptiste’s first half goal to end the Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys’ BVI Football Association Men’s League six game winning streak on Sunday afternoon at the A. O. Shirley Grounds, with a 1-0 victory.
The defensive game saw the 2-1-3 Rebels punching above their weight against the 6-1-1 Sugar Boys, frustrating the visitors all afternoon.
“We played a bit lackadaisical because were were on a good winning streak, yes, we were a bit late for the game but couldn’t blame coming here late,” captain Derol Redhead said of their first league match played on Tortola after having seven home games. “We didn’t settle ourselves and there was a little bit of arguments and I think that threw us off our game.”
Redhead said his team was under pressure because as they’re on top of the table, everyone is aiming to beat them.
“We just have to put this game behind us and concentrate on the upcoming game. We didn’t play our normal game today. We were out of our game,” he said. “We normally hold the ball and share the ball around, allow the team to come to us, but, we weren’t doing that today. I don’t know if it was because of the late arrival, but, we just have to forget that and accept the defeat.”
Rebels’ coach Lennon Audain said his team needed the victory against a team that was unbeaten.
“For us, we’re coming from down in the slum and beating a team like Sugar Boys it’s great, but we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he noted. “Our plan was to attack, get goals early and try and defend. That’s what we did. Try and stop the through balls, stop the diagonal balls and just keep our head focused on Terry (Nanton) and Redhead, because they are the two good players. Once they’re shut down, Sugar Boys are basically shut down.”
On Virgin Gorda, One Love tied the Sugar Boys in the standings at 6-1-1, with a 2-0 victory over Virgin Gorda United, on goals by Andre Thomas and Richard Morgan.
One Love’s coach Mark Savage said they played a shaky first half and don’t know if it was because they underestimated Virgin Gorda United.
“We were playing their game, kicking the ball and running around, no offense,” he noted. “But, in the latter part of the game, we got it together and came out victorious.”