Combined Stars new Old Madrid Masters Champs

Combined Stars of Tortola take the 2015 Old Madrid Masters Football Tournament championship title. Photo: Provided

Combined Stars of Tortola take the 2015 Old Madrid Masters Football Tournament championship title. Photo: Provided

The 2015 Old Madrid Masters Football Tournament concluded on Sunday, October 18 with Combined Stars of Tortola capturing the champions title for the first time in their four-year quest, defeating F.O.V Masters from Antigua 5 – 2 in the final played at Greenland playing field.

In the qualifying group matches played on Saturday October 17, Retroactive of St Croix were narrowly defeated by F.O.V Masters of Antigua 3-2. Colin Edwards scored two goals and Stenroy Challenger one, whilst Keith Cornelius scored the two goals for Retroactive.

St Martin Veterans defeated Combined Stars 3-1 with goals coming from Andrew Denis, Raymond Leir, and Gumbo Pierre of St Martin. Rohan Lennon scored the lone goal for Combined Stars.

Old Madrid FC defeated Retroactive 5-0 with 2 goals each from Dion Clarke and Kenmore Simmons Peters, and one from Gregory Grant.

Combined Stars then came back from their earlier loss to St Martin and defeated Virgin Gorda 3-1 to give them hope for a semi-final spot. Anthony Bramble opened the scoring with a well placed header, followed up with goals from Rohan Lennon and David Hilton. Fredrick Mars scored the lone goal for Virgin Gorda.

Also, Old Madrid took an early lead against F.O.V Masters when Sheldon Harry scrambled in a loose ball to give them a one goal lead. F.O.V Masters capitalised on a lapse in concentration by Hanif James in Old Madrid goal and scored from a free kick. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

In the final group match, Virgin Gorda went down to St Martin Veterans 5-0 with 3 goals from Andrew Denis, and one each from Gumbo Pierre and Brad Lake.
Old Madrid emerged as winners of group one with a superior goal difference over FOV Masters. Both teams qualified for the semi-finals.

St Martin Veterans were winners of group two with Combined Stars as runners up, qualifying both teams for the semi-finals.

In the first semi-final match, Old Madrid was defeated by Combined Stars on a penalty shootout, after the match ended in a nil all draw. Old Madrid squandered an early penalty when Kenmore Peters saw his shot striking the upright of the goal.

Combine Stars were forced to play with 10 men after goal keeper Monty Butler was ejected from the match for a professional foul but held on to take the match into a penalty shootout defeating Old Madrid 5-4 and sending them to the final.

In the second semi-final match, F.O.V Masters and St Martin Veterans played to a goal-less draw, sending the match to a penalty shootout. F.O.V Masters defeated the tournament favourites 4-3 after the penalty shootout went to sudden death, sending F.O.V to the final.

F.O.V proved to be no match for Combined Stars in the final as the match progressed and fatigue started setting in on the players. Combined Stars, with superior numbers of substitute players, forced F.O.V into submission with 3 first half goals. F.O.V managed to score two goals in the second half as consolation as Combined stars added another two also to give them 5 goals.

Rohan Lennon scored one goal, and two each from Captain Danny Joseph and Noel Isaac were the goal scorers for the 2015 Old Madrid Masters Tournament Champions Combine Stars. Colin Edwards and Stenroy scored for F.O.V.

St Martin Veterans defeated Old Madrid FC 2-1 to cling to the third place spot. Raymond Leir and Fabrice Baly scored two first half goals for the St Martin Veterans with Humphrey Leue scoring the goal of the tournament when he unleashed a thunderous shot from the halfway line to beat goal keeper, Luc Marconnet in the St Martin goal, bringing the curtains down on a very competitive 2015 tournament.

Old Madrid FC President Kenrick Grant thanked the BVI Football Association, the referees, the participating teams, the sponsors, and all the spectators for making the tournament a success.

Champions – Combined Stars of Tortola
2nd Place – F.O.V Masters of Antigua
3rd Place – St Martin Veterans from St Martin
Best Goal Keeper – Luc Marconnet from St Martin
Golden Boot – Andrew Denis (4 goals ) St Martin
Tournament MVP – Rohan ‘Chi Chi’ Lennon