Surging Rebels overpowers 2019 BVIFA champs One Love, 2-1

Rebels Johari Lacey scored their first goal in the 29th minute, in a 2-1 victory over One Love

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Shemar Lawden scored two minutes into added time to help Rebels extend their seven game winning streak, by overpowering BVI Football Association 2019 league champions One Love, 2-1 on Sunday in Greenland.

The Rebels are tied with the Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys at the top of the standings with 29 points.

Johari Lacey’s 29th minute goal gave the Rebels a 1-0 edge before Abner Williams equalized in the 45th minute. The Rebels who were lurking in the bottom before their newfound surge of  confidence, kept on going and got the winner through Lawden’s legger, as players celebrated his game ending goal.  

“It was a very tough game, I must say. We went in with a lot of injuries,” noted Rebels Coach Lennon Audain. “We just tried to compose ourselves and came out on top. We are undefeated for the year and we are about to do something that no other club has done in the BVIFA national league—come up from the bottom and now we’re on to[.”

Audain credited using the January transfer window and getting a goalie among players with boistering his roster and said that Clive Weir has helped them out a lot, adding that he has made the difference.

With a 10 day break, Audain said they are looking forward to their next game on April 9, after playing every week over the last eight weeks, which was tough for his team. “We’re going to try and nurse our injuries and get back into practice and focus on our next game,” he said.

One Love’s Mark Savage said it was a ‘very unfortunate loss.’

“We had 10 chances, they had two and they capitalized on it,” he noted. “I don’t know what it is. We just need to finish the ball in the back of the net and we’ll be victorious. We played damn good, but, at the end of the day, the better team came out on top.”

Savage said not scoring is a result of players not showing up for training and feeling they can just get up and play.

“At the end of the day, coaches don’t win games,” he said. “Players do. So you got to come out and play for your team, you got to come out and train for your team so you could be victorious. Bottom line, you gotta come train.”

When they won the 2019 league title, Savage said that team had heart. He noted that they didn’t have lights in Baughers Bay, but 20 men came out and trained in the dark.

“They trained hard every night, that’s how we became victorious,” he reflected. “I’ve told them unless they’re willing to do that again, it’s not going to come easy . You have to work hard to get it. The Rebels are doing what we’re not doing—training and playing as a team. At the end of the day, that’s what works, togetherness.”

Despite Wayne Phillip netting his league leading 16th of the season, in the 53rd minute, the Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys took down the  Panthers  3-1. German Gonzalez opened the Sugar Boys scoring in the 38th with further goals in the 65th by Rolland Roberts and an 89th minute strike by Alejandro Sanchez.

A hat trick from Andre Thomas, propelled Old Madrid to a 4-3 victory over Lion Heart. Goals from Nano Ottley in the 24th and 50th minutes sandwiched a Humphrey Leue goal in the 41st gave Old Madrid the advantage, but Thomas completed his tally in the 70th and 85th minutes to secure the win after he opened the scoring in the 21st minute and Matthew Murray scored Lion Hearts second on the stroke of half time.

VG United kept the home supremacy going with a 4-1 victory against Wolues, while reigning league champs Islanders, kept themselves in the melting pot with a 7-1 demolition of One Caribbean.