Sugar Boys fend off Lion Heart, 2-1 in Festival Cup

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Lion Heart’s Denlay Morgan, left and the Sugar Boys’ Romaine Henry, battling for the ball in the second half 

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Virgin Gorda’s Sugar Boys Captain Derrol Redhead scored in the 40th minute to break a 1-1 tie, then they withstood a second half charge from league new comers Lion Heart, to claim the inaugural BVI Football Association Festival Cup title with a 2-1 victory on August Tuesday. 

Terrance Nanton gave the Sugar Boys a 1-0 lead 10 minutes in before Lion Heart’s Sheldon Browne knotted the match at 1-1, three minutes later. Neither team was able to capitalize on their succeeding tries.

Redhead secured the MVP trophy and shared the Golden Booth award with teammate Norman Hernandez.

“Definitely, it’s a great feeling to win an MVP,” Redhead told Island Sun Sports. “When you have the team depending on you, you have to step up—and not just depend on me as the Captain—so I had a lot to give. Winning the MVP wasn’t on my mind, but it shows that when you step up and you play.”

The Sugar Boys who won the $4,000 winner’s prize, also saw Goal Keeper Linden Williams winning the Golden Gloves, and the team taking the Fair Play award.

En route to the title, the Sugar Boys who won four straight games, advanced to the final on Redhead’s hat trick, with goals in the 26’, 36’ and 79’during a 4-1 drubbing of Old Madrid. Akeem Hendrickson, scored in the 80th minute. Fitzroy Daley netted Old Madrid’s lone goal. The Sugar Boys used Redhead’s goal in the 65th for a 1-0 win over the Islanders.

League new comers Lion Heart who won the $2,000 a runner’s up award, advanced to the final, after overcoming a 0-1 deficit with three successive goals for a 3-1 triumph over the Wolues, who took the early lead on Ian Chambers legger in the 42nd. Shevaughn Thomas equalized in the 45th for a 1-1 score at the half. Thomas made it 2-1 in the 80th and Oshane Ingram added a late extra time score for the 3-1 win. 

“We gave up the middle and once you give up the middle, you’re going to lose the game,” Lion Heart coach Wayne Smith told Island Sun sports. “The midfielders didn’t pass and the forwards gave away the first tackle. Our defense played good but it was a good game still.”

Smith said they made halftime adjustments and decided to push the ball because they had nothing to lose as a new team. 

“We were going for the draw or the penalty kicks,” he stated. “Congratulations to Sugar Boys. We are a new team that just entered the league and made this final. Our goal next season is to win the final.” 

Redhaed said the victory meant a lot for his team after playing four games in a row. 

“Coming out on top mean a lot—not only to me and the team—but all those who support us from Virgin Gorda and Tortola,” Redhead said. “As we went deeper into the tournament, it was getting harder as our legs were getting tired, so we had to conserve a lot of energy. We played more inside, passed around the ball and did less running in the second half.”

Redhead said for a new team entering the league, Lion Heart played very well and they expected a good fight. 

“But they gave a little more than we expected,” he said. “They’re a good team. You can’t underestimate them.” 

Other Matches

In other games, the Rebels blanked the Panthers, 1-0; One Love was a 3-2 winner over VG United on penalty kicks, after playing to a 1-1 draw. Mauricio Villanueva scored the winning kick. One Caribbean held off the Rebels, 2-1, as Jean Charles Jr. netted twice after Julian Davidson scored for the Rebels. 

National League

When national league play resumed on Sunday, the Wolues bested the Islanders, 2-0, on Ian Chambers and Carl Moran’s goals. Nigel Sanderson scored twice in the Panthers’ 2-1 victory over VG United, whose only goal came from Devonte Samuel in the 17th. Both matches were in Virgin Gorda. Chadwick Evans and Rickson Augustin scored in each half as One Caribbean blanked Lion Heart, 2-0, in Greenland. 

Women’s Tournament

Led by Captain Tinia Van-Zoost, Pure Trouble won the one-day women’s tournament after compiling three victories to finish with nine points. Pure Trouble defeated Pink Panthers, 3-2, in a penalty shootout following 1-1 a regulation tie. 

Pure Trouble beat Fire 1-0, then stayed undefeated after Kiara Woodley scored a late equalizer against Purple Rain, who used Kara Lewis’ score for a 1-0 edge. Pure Trouble outlasted Purple Rain, 2-1 during the penalty shootout.  

Other scores: Purple Rain defeated Fire, 1-0 in a penalty shootout. Pure Trouble outkicked  the Pink Panthers, 3-0, to win the penalty shootout after playing to a 1-1 draw. Purple Rain was a 2-0 winner over Pink Panthers. Fire and Pink Panthers played to a 1-1 draw.

Award Winners

Best Goalkeeper: Decima Lambert; Best Young Player: Chelsea Edwards:  Golden Lady: Casandra Gregg; Golden Boot: Shevonne Vanterpool; MVP: Tinia Van-Zoost. 

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