Lady Ballstars & Sugar Boys are BVIFA 9-A-Side Champions

Photo courtesy of Charlie Jackson/VINO

Photo courtesy of Charlie Jackson/VINO


Lady Ballstars beat Women Panthers 4-2 and Sugar Boys overcame Islanders F.C. to win their respective BVIFA Nine-A-Side Tournament Championships at the Greenland Recreational Park on Sunday December 13, 2015.

In the Women’s Final, the Ballstars looked to be sitting pretty with a two-goal advantage before Jacintha Weekes struck a quick fire brace to send the game into extra time.

Phillia James had earlier given the Ballstars the lead, when she raced onto a through ball from Lilly Pierce to beat the advancing keeper, Decima Lambert and fired home. The second goal came courtesy of a sliced clearance by the Panthers defense, which lobbed up and over the despairing leap from Lambert and into the net.

However, almost directly from the restart, Weekes wriggled her way through the Ballstars back line and made it 2-1. Within ten minutes it was all square when again the Ballstars defense failed to deal with the ball and Kimone Mills fed Weekes who took a touch and made no mistake, shooting low past the keeper.

Into extra time and  Yasmin Ruffel Smith was first to react to a loose ball in the box after a fine save from Decima Lambert from Sharlene Pond’s rifle shot on the turn, to put the Ballstars back ahead and then victory was secured when Lilly Pierce intercepted a goal kick and smashed a shot into the empty net.

The MVP was Jacintha Weekes (Panthers), Golden Glove Brittney Peters (Avengers) and Golden Boot Phillia James (Ballstars).

Sugar Boys top Islanders     

In the Men’s Championship, Sugar Boys beat Islanders 2-0 with second half goals coming from Derol Redhead and McGraw Baptiste.

Redhead flicked home a header, leaving Monty Butler stranded and then Butler failed to deal with a long range free kick and could only watch as the ball rebounded back off the bar and into the path of Baptiste who fired home.

The MVP was Derol Redhead (Sugar Boys), the Golden Gloves Andre Gaymes (Wolues) and Golden Boot, Roger Roberts (Sugar Boys).

The Panthers claimed third place with a 3-2 win against Wolues, who not only had lost key players through suspension, but then having gone into a 2-0 lead, then saw their keeper injured and unable to finish the game.