Virgin Gorda United blank league champs Islanders, 3-0

A Virgin Gorda United player and Islanders players trying to get possession of the ball

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Hosts Virgin Gorda United stunned defending BVI Football Association league champions Islanders, 3-0, in the first full weekend of the action, as play resumed following the Christmas break and the recent spike in Covid cases that peaked at 1,387, which delayed the resumption.

The action on the Virgin Gorda Recreation Grounds began with the youthful Virgin Gorda United taking the game to the Islanders from the first whistle and causing their more illustrious opponents all manner of problems, as they raced into a 2-0 lead inside ten minutes of play.

Jadon Abrams scored the first goal and Sheldon Toney doubled the advantage before another product of the youth development program at the club, Devante Samuel, ensured all the points would be staying in Virgin Gorda, with a 44th minute strike making it 3-0. With the win, Virgin Gorda United improved to (3-1-3) and moved into fourth place on 10 points in the standings, while Islanders slipped to 3-1-3, also on 10 points in sixth place.

“It was a very good game,” Coach Richie Morton said afterwards. “We dominated from early, scored the goals we wanted and then defended as a unit in the second half to protect our lead.”

In the other match on Virgin Gorda, hosts Sugar Boys ran their record to 5-2-0, after overcoming stubborn Lion Heart, 3-1 to top the standings with 17 points.  

Terrance Nanton gave the Sugar Boys a 1-0 lead in the 38th minute against Lion Heart in the second game of the day, but the advantage was short lived as Matthew Murray equalized on the stroke of half time.

 German Gonzalez restored the Sugar Boys’ lead in the 50th minute and Marknique Williams had the home fans dancing with an 88th minute goal that secured the victory and ensured the Sugar Boys stayed top of the standings. Lion Heart joined Islanders on 10 points as all three have a 3-1-3 record.

In Greenland, One Love and the Wolues battled to a 1-1 draw, with neither side able to find a winner after One Love conceded an own goal in the first half and then found an equalizer from Richard Morgan, who came off the bench to score in the 75th minute. One Love currently sits in third place in the standings with a 3-2-2 record and 11 points.

Meanwhile, the surging Rebels dented the title aspirations of the Panthers,  with a 2-1 victory as Curtly Peters put the Rebels two up with goals in the 16th and 40th minutes. The Panthers’ Wayne Phillip pulled one back in the 78th minute, but the Rebels and goalkeeper Clive Weir stood firm and held on for the win.

“It was one of the most competitive games we played this season,” stated Rebels Coach Lenon Audain, whose team is in eight place with a 2-1-4 record and has accumulated seven points. “We dominated the first half of the game not only by going up two goals which came from Curtley Peters but also possession.”

The second place Panthers are now 4-0-3 and they have 12 points.