By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
With all five goals scored in the game coming in the first 43 minutes of play before a second half defensive battle, the Wolues walked off 3-2 winners over stubborn Rebels in Greenland on Sunday night, after getting goals from Luca Reich, Noel Maxwell and Paul Edwardes.
“It was a good game but a tough game, because we’re an older group, they have a lot of young players so we knew eventually, with their larger squad and our smaller squad, tiredness would play a factor,” Wolues Levi James explained. “It started to happen. We had two slips from long balls and they scored two goals. Thankfully in the second half, we dropped back, played a lot tighter and we were able to secure the win.”
With both goals coming from Ikyjah Williams, Rebels Coach Lennon Audain said they came with a game plan, but unfortunately didn’t execute it well. “Wolues played a great defensive game so I applaud them for that,” Audain said, noting that they could have kept the ball more on the ground and get more players involved. “Unfortunately, that didn’t happen.”
Old Madrid used their tactics to overhaul Virgin Gorda United, 4-2, after Fitzroy Daley had opened the scoring in the 3rd minute, before U20 national quad player, Levon Williams, equalized in the 5th minute. Daley restored Old Madrid’s lead in the 38th and in the second half, Nano Ottley made it 3-1, before another youth player, Devante Samuel, pulled one back to make it a 3-2 game.
Virgin Gorda Untied pushed hard for an equalizer, but the destination of the points was made certain in the 87th minute when Ottley again found the back of the net.
Old Madrid Coach, Elroy “Mandraker” Mills said the Virgin Gorda United are young guys who are ‘full of energy.’ “So we had to slow the game down and let them run all the time,” he said. “But those guys only got better to come.”
Old Madrid’s Kelvin Eubanks was thankful for the win, but also knew it had been a tough game “Despite playing a team that was overall younger and fitter than ourselves, we played well and stuck together. Our collective experience allowed us to defend well, play on the counter and handle their attacks. Timely changes made by the coach proved to finally turn the game in our favor and we were able to defeat what we see as a promising young team”
Another game full of youngsters saw Lion Heart FC holding on for a 3-2 win over One Caribbean and Coach, Morris Mark said his One Caribbean squad, comprized of 75% of players from the U17 National program and there were no less than eight of them on the field. These included debutants Nicholas Haycraft and Johari Lacey.
The game started with One Caribbean having most of the possession and causing Lion Heart enough problems that they had received two yellow cards for reckless tackles before Romano Peters scored the opening goal from a corner, in the 41st minute. Lion Heart then forced themselves back into the game in the second period, as Daveian Barnum scored twice within minutes to take a 2-1 advantage. Experience again showed itself as the youngsters fell further behind in the 67th minute through Dwayne Smith and the game was all but done before Kelvin Glasgow netted a late goal in the 87th minute to make it 3-2.
League champs Islanders also recorded a comfortable 3-0 win over the Panthers, as goals came from Shamar Lawden (24th and 63rd) and Oswort Holder legger in the 80th, sent them top of the standings.