Sugar Boys eyeing Football league crown after slowing Rebels, 2-0

A Rebels player battling his Sugar Boys counterpart for ball control during their crucial match on Virgin Gorda PHOTO: BVIFA

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

 Hosts Sugar Boys ended the Rebels 13 games winning streak and put themselves in the driver’s seat for the National Football League title on Sunday, with a 2-0 victory over title hope rivals, Rebels in front of their home fans on the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground.

While the race for the league championship is not technically over, the Sugar Boys have two games in hand over the Rebels and are one point clear, so a Sugar Boys win over Lion Heart on Sunday in Greenland, will give them an unassailable lead.

Rolland Roberts opened the scoring in the 29th minute for the Sugar Boys in the crucial game and German Gonzalez doubled the lead in the 31st minute, to secure all three points, as they kept the Rebels out of the nets.

Meanwhile, Virgin Gorda United could have kept up some pressure on their cross-town rivals Sugar Boys, but they slipped to a crucial 3-1 defeat to defending league champions Islanders, in Greenland, which means a second-place finish is now the best they can hope for.

The Islanders dominated the game early, scoring in the 28th minute through Charles Bonnick, and seeing that lead doubled by Deandre Rodgers in the 56th minute. Virgin Gorda United were reduced to 10 men with the sending off of Devante Samuel in the 60th minute but were able to pull a goal back in the 76th minute from Bernardo Cumberbatch. However, the Islanders were also reduced to 10 men, with Bonnick getting his marching orders in the 82nd minute, but were also able to add to their lead just four minutes later, when Romario Dennie popped up to score

“One of the days,” noted Manager Jermain Abrams. “We made silly errors to concede goals, their opener came from a blocked clearance that rebounded into the net, but the team is still highly spirited. We didn’t lose any position and we have things to look forward to this season.”

The win keeps the Islanders seventh in the standings, just behind One Love  who defeated the Wolues  2-1 also in Greenland and they remain sixth and fifth in the standings respectively.

“It was a great game tonight,” One Love’s Coach Mark Savage said. “It was 1-1 for a bit and in the second half, we took the advantage and scored a goal from about 30 yards out. It was a very good game against the Wolues. We need to do some more tactical and fitness work—we haven’t been doing that for the past two weeks, but we still managed to come out victorious.”

Zeron Samuel opened the scoring for One Love in the 17th minute before Noel Maxwell levelled the tie on the stroke of half time. Alcise Savery then scored the winner in the 75th minute.

In the other game played, One Caribbean and Lion Heart drew 1-1 as Pierre Jeans first half opener was cancelled out by Lion Hearts Owen Bertram in the 75th minute.