By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
After playing to a defensive 0-0 halftime tie, Deandre Rogers fired the Islanders to their fifth straight BVI Football Association Super 6 League victory with a 1-0, triumph over One Love in Greenland on Sunday.
Islanders, who won their 8th league title in December and the President’s Cup in January, improved to 5-1 on the season after losing their opening match, and moved within one point of the table topping 5-0, Sugar Boys.
“Today was a rather easy game for us,” Islanders Captain Ronalie Cain told Island Sun Sports. “We had a lot of chances and didn’t put them away, but we still came out victorious.”
Cain said his strikers had lots of chances but guessed “it wasn’t their day.” He added that they’re looking to add the Super 6 title to the league title and president’s cup.
“Right now, the aim is to take everything,” he said. “We lost the first game and we want that to be our lesson. We’re not losing anymore from now. We want to make it all in one.”
The first loss Cain said was as a result of players not showing up to practice. He said as the champion team, they don’t train together enough. Sometimes there are 10 players, sometimes four, but said players are now starting to come out.
“Today’s game wasn’t too bad, but we need to work on the finishing,” he said.
One Love’s Coach Mark Savage said his team tried its best but told Island Sun Sports that if you want to be victorious, you have to train.
“You can’t come one day, two days, nah, you have to come together to win together. That’s the basics of football,” said the Coach of the 2019 champions who fell apart in the last league. “You got to training and there are five, six guys, you tell them if we’re the defending champions, this can’t work. You have to lift your head high and people look up to you,” he said. “You have to put in the work to get the result, that’s all it is. And if you don’t train, you can’t win games. Simple.”
On Virgin Gorda, Lion Heart continued their surge up the table and underlined their desire to qualify for the knockout stage, by finishing in the top 6, with a 3-1 victory over the Panthers, who continued their slide and have now lost three in a row.
Janel Ferdinand put Lion Heart well on the way to victory with two first half strikes, in the 15th and 21st minutes and by the time Nigel Sanderson scored a consolation for the Panthers in the 71st minute from the penalty spot, Dwayne Smith had already made it 3-0 just after half time.
Lion Heart has now won their last three games and are sitting pretty 4th in the standings and look on course to give the usual top three teams a wakeup call.
In the other game played, One Caribbean and Old Madrid battled to 1-1 when Fitzroy Daley equalized from the penalty spot in the 67th minute after youngster Gethin Jones had put One Caribbean ahead in the 55th minute, in a match that was 0-0 up to that point.
On Saturday Lion Heart will face the Rebels FC in Greenland, searching for another 3 points, whilst Rebels will be still looking for their first points of the tournament. That game kicks off at 4 p.m., while at the same time on Sunday at the same venue, One Caribbean FC meet Panthers FC with both teams needing a win to keep diminishing hopes of a berth in the knockout stages alive.
Meanwhile over at the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground at 5.45 p.m. on Sunday, Old Madrid will tackle the Wolues, knowing defeat could seriously dent their chances of a top six finish and then at 8 p.m. the clash of the weekend and Virgin Gorda bragging rights, Sugar Boys against VG United in the El Classico.
Currently, VG United is well down the standings, but have games in hand over their rivals. However, they also have to play the Wolues before the season ends, so will be mindful against making any slip ups as they look to advance into the knockout phase.