By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Striker Nigel Sanderson scored his second hat trick of the season, in leading the Panthers to a 3-0 victory over the Rebels, to halt their recent slide in the BVIFA Super 6 Series. Sunday’s victory in Greenland, kept their hopes of reaching the knockout stages alive.
“Both teams came out with their A game but I got two chances early and I capitalized on them to put us up 2-0, so that gave my team a confidence booster going into the second half,” Sanderson, who has a league leading 13 goals told Island Sun Sports. “In the second half, we came out viscous. We came out to win, to keep the three points in the bag. I got another one again to make it 3-nil in the sixty something minute and then we just sealed off the game from there. My team defended hard and they played well.”
The Panthers, 3-1-4, were also indebted to some great saves from national team keeper Phillip Jules, who was on hand to deny the Rebels twice from the penalty spot and marshalled his defense with great skill, even when they were reduced to 10 men.
The Panthers moved into 5th place in the standings, but they face a must win game against the Wolues this weekend, to confirm a place in the knockout stages.
Coach Lennon Audain told Island Sun sports that his 0-1-6 Rebels came with a game plan that was well executed but they came up short on their chances.
“We had three penalties and lost all three, hard luck for us so we have to regroup and focus on the next game,” he said. “Good luck to Panthers.”
Audain said his team is going through a spell and would like to see his players putting the ball in the back of the net.
“When your chances come, it will never come back again so you have to put the ball in the back of the net,” he said.
Sanderson said the Rebels could have easily defeated the Panthers.
“The failed to capitalize on the three penalties they got and we took ours
In an earlier match in Greenland on Saturday, Lion Heart underlined their Super 6 post season credentials with a 3-2 win over the Wolues, as a Janel Ferdinand brace in 10th and 16th minutes put his team in the ascendancy before Wolues’ Noel Maxwell pulled one back from the penalty spot in the 37th minute. Sheldon Brown extended the lead to 3-1 in the 68th minute and William Green gave the Wolues a sniff of some points with a strike in the 86th minute making it 3-2, but Lion Heart would not be denied.
Hosts Virgin Gorda United pulled within one point of sixth place with a crushing 3-0 victory over Old Madrid, who remained in the 9th spot. The goals all came from 16-year-olds as Sheldon Toney opened the scoring in the 26th minute before a Devante Samuel double in the 39th and 86th minutes, settled matters.
Islanders Captain Ranalie Cain scored from a penalty kick in the 17th minute as they defeated league leaders Sugar Boys, who fell to 6-1-1, while Islanders, 6-0-1, pulled within just one point of the Virgin Gorda based team.