Surging One Love stops Old Madrid 3-1 in BVIFA play


A One Love player goes for a header near the goal posts on a thrown in, during the second half of their match with Old Madrid at the A. O. Shirley Grounds

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

One Love closed the gap in the BVI Football Association men’s league standings on the league leading Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys, they overpowered their nearest rivals Old Madrid, 3-1 on Sunday afternoon at the A. O. Shirley Grounds.

Okeyne Thenstead scored a first half double, the latter coming deep in added time before the break, to give his side a comfortable 2-0 cushion, before Ofaniss Bassaragh made certain of all three points, netting One Love’s third in the 68th minute as they raced to a 3-0 lead.

Rohan Sweeney would score a consolation for Old Madrid as time expired, but defeat saw them slip to fourth in the standings.

“What we didn’t do is to score some goals. We had a lot of chances and only have ourselves to blame.” Old Madrid’s coach Elroy “Mandraker” Mills said. “We gave away some easy goals, two especially, so this is a game that we should have won about 5-3. We played pretty well, but, we had two soft goals in the first half by the keeper—a big, big mistake that I don’t think they should have scored—and that kinda threw the guys off. But, we had a lot of chances to score, one on one on the keeper and nobody scored. We lost our own game.”

One Love’s coach Mark Savage said his team totally dominated the first half of the match.

“I’m still trying to get these guys focused down to the last whistle, 90 minutes, but we’re still having that problem where it’s 75, 80 minutes, we need to keep our heads up and play at a full 100%”, he said noting that his team lapsed on the goal they allowed Old Madrid. “We got a bit fatigued and got too complacent, so, the ball came across and nobody attacked and they got a goal.”

Defending champions Islanders had no difficulty in securing an easy 8-0 victory over F.C. Sea Argo, courtesy of a five minute first half hat trick from Fitzroy Daley, who scored in the 18th, 22nd, 23rd minutes. Daley would add a second half hat trick to take his personal tally to six and whilst Ranalle Cain also scored, the biggest cheer was for Sheldon Harry who scored in the 73rd minute.

The Islanders now have 10 points, sitting in third place, with One Love on 16 in second and the Sugar Boys still in top spot on 19 points.

The last match of the weekend saw the Rebels continue their resurgence with a 3-1 win over the sea sawing Wolues.

Chadwick Evans opened the scoring for the Rebels in the 36th minute and while Vernol Richards made it 2-0 in the 56th minute, Phillip Nelson handed the Wolues a life line in the 89th, before Evans made the game safe with his second and the Rebels third in the 90th minute.