By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Unbeaten hosts Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys opened a four-point gap at the top of the National Football League standings, following a 2-1 victory over One Love United, as they recorded their fourth wins from four games.
At kick off, 2019 champs One Love sat just two points behind the Sugar Boys and knew a win would have seen them go on top, but those hopes were dented in the first half as Roland Roberts put the Sugar Boys ahead in the 37th minute. Roberts would put his team in complete control of the game when he doubled the advantage in the 50th minute. Despite trying as hard as they could, One Love found no way back into the match and had to settle for a consolation goal from Jermaine May in the 6th minute of added time at the end of the game as the Sugar Boys took all three points to make it twelve points from four games.
“It was a very important game for us because we wanted the three points,” Sugar Boys’ Derrol Redhead said. “One Love always gives us a tough game and they are a strong team. We are happy to come out with the win and now have players coming back from injury and getting to where we want to be. We know the other teams are out to beat us so will take each game as it comes, but play them like they were finals.”
One Love Manager Marc Savage they played a ‘very good game.’ “We’re lacking that training and the geometrics of playing together is really lacking in this squad,” he noted. “I hope this week the guys will come out and out and put out the effort, see how serious the league is this season and we have to put in the hard work if we want to win the league.”
Also on Virgin Gorda, the Wolues grabbed second place in the standings on eight points with a 16-0 rout of newbies Positive, who have been outscored by a combined 50-2 in their first three games. Mauricio Villaneva bagged a double hat trick in the process, with scores in the 40th, 46th, 57th, 63rd, 82nd and 85th minutes. Further goals coming from Phil Nelson with a first half hat trick in the 10th, 21st and 35th. Paul Edwards (3rd and 86th), Carl Moran (73rd), Gethin Jones (52nd), Marcus Robinson (71st), Tai Thomas (79th) and Thomas Johnson (42nd) ended Wolues assault.
In Greenland, Jahmal Prentice added to his league leading tally of eight goals with a first half penalty, as theRebels moved into third place on seven points following a 4-0 statement win over Islanders. Ikyjah Williams fired Rebels into the lead in the 13th minute and then in the second half, Webster Pryce notched himself a double in the 65th and 77th minutes to round out the scoring.
“We came out with a game plan and we knew how badly we wanted to win this game and we put our plans in place and it worked out well,” Rebels Captain Phil DaSilva told Island Sun Sports. “We outplayed our opponents—they didn’t stand a chance. So it was a good performance by our team so I’m proud of the guys tonight.”
Coach LaToya Sue was proud of the victory. “Tonight, the guys went out, stuck to the plan, had teamwork, they were patient and each and every one of them worked hard,” she noted. “We executed the victory and I’m very much proud of them.”