By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Less than five minutes into the second half after his Panthers had held league champions Virgin Gorda Sugar Boys to a 0-0 halftime tie, Coach Brad Remy was livid on the sideline. Remy had asked his players to cover, pressure and shore up its defense inside the box. Then the Sugar Boys took a 1-0 lead on Oswort Holder’s score.
“The same thing we just talked about at halftime is what happened,” Remy said animatedly on the sidelines. “How the hell can that be?” Much to Remy’s disappointment, Sugar Boys added a second goal on from German Gonzalez and went on to a 2-0 victory, adding the BVI Football Association’s President Cup to the league title.
“It’s very disappointing. We spoke about it. Everybody had the understanding as to what we need to go out there and do and they just didn’t do it,” Remy told Island Sun Sports. “We spoke about the defense clearing the ball and not playing in the box with the ball. The two goals scored against us, came from that very same thing—playing around with the ball—losing it then Sugar Boys capitalized. The two goals Sugar Boys scored were from two defensive errors.”
Osworth Holder scored the first goal and said they kept playing and playing, then a chance came and he put it into the net.
“We knew they were coming hard, but we train every day and we knew we had the edge over them,” he said. “And all we had to do was just to continue playing our game and eventually, we’ll win.”
Before the game, Sugar Boys Captain Derol Redhead was coming off Grenada’s four wickets loss to Cavaliers in the BVI Cricket Association semifinal. “Winning a final is always a good feeling. We didn’t get a walk over from the Panthers,” he said. “They gave us a fight despite missing two players, we used it to our advantage and just went out there and played our football.”
Redhead said they put a lot of training into preparing and thanked their supporters. “We’re very much happy to win both titles,” he said. “This is our second President’s Cup. The Panthers came out very hard—we didn’t expect that from them—but they came out to win and they showed us that in the first half.”
Colin Ogou who recently joined Sugar Boys as Coach, said they examined the Panthers’ play, noticed they used their two wide men and they worked on canceling that out, which they did. He asked them to play a normal game, play through gaps, ball on foot and they executed.
“They always trained but before I came in, they had no organization, no structure and I tried coming in and organizing how I wanted them to play. “The bought into my idea but it’s a work in progress and next season will be better,” he predicted. “They’re improving every day.”
Awards doled out included the Sugar Boys collecting the Presidents Cup and National League Championship trophy; German Gonzalez, the league’s MVP and their talisman, Derol Redhead, claimed Player of the Season. The U13 Youth Championship Trophy
End of season awards: U13 champs, Sugar Boys. Panthers, runners up. U13 Best Goalkeeper, Jevonne Stevens of Sugar Boys and teammate Shamouri Leonard, Best Midfield. Best Defender, Mario Carter of Panthers, with teammates Latriel Williams, Best Forward, and Myles Penn grabbing Most Goals.
U18 awards: League champions, VG United. Runners up, Wolues. Best Goalkeeper, Jerique Samuels, VG United). Best Defender, Michael Palladino, Wolues. Best Midfielder, Joel Mars, VG United. Best Forward, Adrian Padilla, One Caribbean. Most Goals, Sam Potgeiter, Wolues.
Women’s awards: 4th placed team, Panthers. 3rd, Wolues. 2nd VG United. League Champions, Avengers. Best Goalkeeper, Britney Peters, Avengers. Best Defender, Ariel Mohammed, Wolues. Best Midfielder, Kezia Gumbs VG United. Best Youth Player, Chelsea Edwards, Wolues. MVP, Lil-Makeda Fahie, Avengers. Manager of the year, Gloria Fahie, Avengers. Fair Play award, Wolues.
Men’s National League: 4th place, Wolues. 3rd, Panthers, 2nd. league champs, Sugar Boys. Golden Gloves Award: Willis Buckley, Panthers. Golden Boot, Wayne Phillip, Panthers. Youth Player of the Season, Johari Lacey. Manager of the Year, Lenon Audain, Rebels. Fair Play Award, Old Madrid.
Match officials, Laura Pompey, Sashana Duhaney and Referee of the Year, Carl Barrett.
Special awards went to Quehlani Nickie, Johari Lacey, Justin Smith Sheldon Toney, Levon Williams, Mekhi Walters, Jalen Prentice, Michael Palladino for their exploits on the field as well as academic achievements off it.