By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
In the last Football league match of 2021, the Wolues toppled Lion Heart, 4-2, on Sunday in Greenland, to further dent their title hopes, while closing the gap between the top five to just two points, with the league leading Panthers at the top, as play entered a Christmas break.
Just three minutes into the match, the Wolues took the lead on Paul Edwards’ header off a Phil Nelson free kick, but the game had barely restarted when Lion Heart’s Akele Campbell equalized from a set piece of their own. Edwards notched his second goal in the 14th putting the Wolues up 2-1, before in the 18th minute Michael Butt helped Lion Heart tie the match at 2-2, steering home a cross from the right side.
Wolues took the lead for good when Luca Reich found some space to cross well for Alessandro Palladino to tap home in the 34th and the Wolues were able to manage the game from there, adding to their goals for column in the 90th when Scott Kirk fired home to round out the scoring.
“It was a very good game between two teams who like to battle,” Wolues Levi James noted. “Again, we had two subs, but we played a very smart game and came out on top in the end.”
The loss disappointed Lion Heart’s Coach Winston Brown, whose team at one time topped the standings. “Tonight, I don’t know what to say, but a very poor performance,” he said. “Most of our main players went home on vacation and made the side a little shaky, but these guys could do it. I don’t know what happened tonight. We have to correct our mistakes and next year, do what we have to do.”
Elsewhere, Virgin Gorda United demolished the shorthanded One Caribbean, 5-0, with goals coming from top scorer Levon Williams in the 11th and 60th minutes, Devonte Samuel in the 18th, Sheldon Harry, with his first goal since his transfer, in the 81st and Thomas Albert in the 84th.
In the other game, Tyler Forbes fired home a hat trick during 20 frenetic minutes on either side of the half time break, as One Love beat the Rebels, 5-2. His first came in the 27th, to make it 2-1 after Abner Villanueva had opened the scoring in the 19th from the penalty spot. Forbes made it 3-1 in the 35th and then rounded out his hat trick in the 47th also from the penalty spot to make it 4-1.
Lion Heart’s Denvin Jones made it 4-2 in the 51st minute after Jimmy Peters had scored just before half time, but there was never much doubt as to where the three points were headed, a destination made even more secure deep into added time at the end of the game when Niccain Plunkett made it 5-2.