Panthers FC (U13) Wolues (U17) pave the way for National League Championship titles

The Panthers FC made sure they would be crowned U13 National League Champions with a classy 6-2 victory over the Sugar Boys FC on Saturday 30th January at the East End / Long Look Stadium venue.

With the win, the Panthers are assured top spot as they are ahead of the Wolues FC on goal difference and have a game to play, whilst the Wolues have concluded their season.

“We played at a real high level, starting build ups from the back, and working the ball up the field. The team showed their strength and ability to attack sugar boys defense taking their game to the next level,” commented Coach Wayne Phillip, who was also quick to praise the Sugar Boys for the level of their performance as well.

Christian Vanterpool netted a hat trick, including one exquisite move that saw Jahim Benji dribble down the wing before hitting the perfect cross for Vanterpool to head home. Myles Penn smashed a rocket shot from long distance that caught everyone by surprise on his way to a brace and Marcus Butler.

Kyle Farrington was on hand to score both goals for the Sugar Boys.

One Caribbean FC thumped Old Madrid FC, 5-0, in the other U13 game played at the same venue, as Morris Carey scored a hat trick and both Marc Tan and Dawen Atime one each.

“It was a wet day, but the Old Madrid players did well in the first half,” noted One Caribbean’s Morris Mark. “But once Carey scored the opener, we took over and put the game away.”

Meanwhile in the U17 League, One Caribbean top the standings after a 14-0 rout of Old Madrid, but the destiny of the championship trophy is out of their hands as the Wolues have a game to play and are level on points with the table toppers, who have finished their games.

Adrian Adams (7), Johari Lacey (3), Milton Creque (2), Dylan Cline and an own goal filled the scoresheet for One Caribbean.

Short handed through injury, Coach Morris Mark was pleased to see his younger players take center stage. “After a quick start, Adams and Lacey were put on the bench to allow the youngsters to play and it was good to see how they passed the ball around and kept possession.”

Anything else other than defeat to VG Utd next week will see the Wolues crowned as Champions and they made sure of staying in contention with a 3-1 victory against One Love Utd on Sunday.

Their opponents went ahead through Felix Walters in the 19th minute before Luca Reich equalized in the 26th. Johannes Blok put the Wolues ahead in the 31st and Reich netted his second to make sure of all 3 points in the 38th.

“It was a great game,” confirmed Wolues’ Asst. Coach Walter Reich. “Very competitive!”

VG Utd saw their own slim chance of grabbing the title end in a 2-2 draw with Rebels FC, who went ahead through Denvin Jones in the 43rd minute and doubled their advantage in the 46th through Ikyjah Williams before T’Khoi Richardson struck back in the 47th and 57th minutes to grab a share of the points.

“It was a good, hard fought game,” stated Coach Jermain Abrams. “But we needed to win it!”

Next Saturday, February 6th, in the U13 League, Old Madrid FC take on the Panthers FC and VG Utd face One Caribbean FC, with both games scheduled for a 2pm kick off on the field at East End Long Look. In the U17’s, Rebels FC play Old Madrid, also at East End with a 3.30pm kick off.

On Sunday, February 7th, the Wolues FC against VG Utd takes place at the East End venue, with a 2pm kick off to conclude the season.

Islanders FC take BVIFA National League Trophy and $10K!

Islanders FC take the BVIFA National League Trophy as well as the winner’s check for $10,000. Photo:BVIFA

BVI Football Association President Mr. Andy Bickerton was on hand at the weekend to present the Islanders FC with the National League Trophy as well as the winner’s check for $10,000.

Other Awardees were
Most Goals: (20) Nigel Sanderson Panthers FC
MVP: Sheldon Harry, Islanders FC
Outstanding Youth Player: Luca Reich, Wolues FC
Golden Glove: Linden Williams Suger Boys FC
Fair Play: Sugar Boys FC

“Congratulations go to the Islanders on securing another National League Championship,” commented Bickerton. “They played exciting, attacking football and deserved their success. They can now look forward to their opportunity to compete in the Caribbean Club Championship in 2021!”

Islanders FC claim 8th BVIFA National League Title

Islanders FC claim 8th BVIFA National League title after defeating Old Madrid FC 3-1 on Dec, 6 2020. Photo: BVIFA

The Islanders FC claimed their eighth National League title with a 3-1 win against Old Madrid FC on Sunday 6th December, 2020 at the BVI Football Association’s new stadium venue in East End / Long Look.

According to player / coach of the Islanders, Andy Davis, his team went into the game fully prepared and understanding what a win would mean. “We were able to create chances and capitalize on them despite making a few mistakes,” he commented. “We did not take Old Madrid lightly as we knew they can cause upsets, but the guys stuck to their task, took the game to Old Madrid and scored the goals for a well fought victory.

Going a goal down did not help the nerves much, but captain Ranalie Cains cancelled out Fitzroy Daley’s 15th minute opener in the 26th minute with both goals coming from the penalty spot. “This game was a crucial one and we had to come out victorious,” said Cains.

Sheldon Harry then put the Islanders ahead in the 35th minute, but it was not until the 72nd minute when Rohan Lennon made it 3-1 that the Islanders settled the title race. “I knew we would win the championship, although it was a very tight race because we have a group of young and experienced talented players combined together to form a good team.” noted Cains.

“It’s a good feeling winning the league after missing out the previous year,” confirmed Davis. “The title gives the younger players in the team the chance to be part of a winning culture that makes them fight even harder during every game. The tournament has been incredibly competitive with a number of teams showing great potential and developing young players and we now set our sights on next season where we can step up our game and hoping other teams follow suit.”

BVIFA president, Mr. Andy Bickerton was quick to applaud title winners. “Congratulations go to the Islanders on securing another National League Championship. They played exciting, attacking football and deserved their success. They can now look forward to their opportunity to compete in the Caribbean Club Championship in 2021,” he said.

Wolues captain, Philip Nelson was also quick to congratulate the Islanders on holding off his team’s challenge for the Championship. “It was disappointing to come so close, but it wasn’t to be. The Islanders were the more consistent team throughout the year, and we congratulate them as worthy winners. We are already looking forward to battling again next season.” he warned.

Nelson’s comments came immediately after seeing his team romp to a 5-0 rout of One Love FC. “A great performance from start to finish and we were happy to secure second. We managed to take the lead in the first minute and never looked back with all the lads being fully committed to finishing the season the right way. One Love battled well throughout, but the quality of chances created was the ultimate difference,” said Nelson.

The Wolues’ goals came from Nelson, who scored from the penalty spot in the 4th minute, Ian Chambers, who scored twice in 29th and 52nd minutes, Noel Maxwell in the 32nd and Chester James in the 82nd.

In other results, the Sugar Boys FC thumped the Rebels FC 4-0 on goals from Jorge Gonzalez (24th), Terence Nanton (42nd) and Derrol Redhead (83rd and 89th), and Lion Heart FC drew 3-3 with the Panthers FC with Necarious Watt (28th), Dwayne Smith (34th) and Sheldon Brown (79th) all on target for Lion Heart, whilst Nigel Sanderson (45th and 75th) and Vanrick Depesche (50th) replied for the Panthers.

Islanders FC in the lead in BVIFA National League

Islanders FC v Wolues battle it out in BVIFA National League on Nov 29, 2020

The Islanders FC and Wolues FC proved inseparable on Sunday 29th November as the top two sides in the BVI Football Association’s National League drew 1-1 at the East End / Long Look venue on Tortola.

The shared points favored the Islanders as they now have a five point lead in the race for the Championship with just two games to go and if they avoid defeat this coming weekend when they play Old Madrid FC  and the Wolues fail to beat One Love FC, then the title will be theirs.

Kevin Fisher-Daniel fired his team into the lead in the 32nd minute of a tense game and it took the Wolues until the 67th minute to equalize through Robert Green.

Earlier in another action-packed weekend, One Caribbean FC secured a 3-2 victory over One Love FC, with all the goals coming during a frantic 35-minute period in the first half.

Rickson Augustin opened the scoring for One Caribbean in the 5th minute before Santos Caines made it 1-1 in the 8th minute. Kelvin Glasgow restored the lead in the 22nd minute and Richard Morgan made it 2-2 on the half hour mark only for Glasgow to score his second and what turned out to be the winner in the 40th minute.

The Panthers FC nabbed all 3 points from Old Madrid with a brace from Nigel Sanderson, including a 75th minute penalty sealing a 2-1 win after Nano Ottley had levelled the game at 1-1 in the first half and VG Utd and Lion Heart FC battled to a 1-1 draw after Jevonne Demming opened the scoring just before half time and Shevaugn Thomas equalized for Lion Heart in the 76th minute.

VG Utd v Lion Heart battled to a 1-1 draw in BVIFA National Leagues

Wins for Wolues FC, Sugar Boys FC and One Love FC in BVIFA National League

Johnathon Gonzalez after scoring VG United’s late equalizer against the Rebels FC. Photo: BVIFA

As the BVI Football Association’s National League continued over the weekend, the Wolues FC smashed eight goals past One Caribbean, VG United left it late to salvage a point against the Rebels FC and there were also wins for the Sugar Boys FC and One Love FC.

The Wolues FC were three goals to the good against One Caribbean FC at the National Stadium venue, East End / Long Look, inside the first seven minutes following a brace from Ian Chambers and the first of what turned out to be a Noel Maxwell hattrick.

Johnny Bissainthe gave One Caribbean a glimmer of hope in the 17th minute and at half time the score remained 3-1.

Luca Reich then scored in the 62nd and 72nd minutes to put the game and the points beyond doubt , and, although Erol Van Der Meulen scored a second for One Caribbean from the penalty spot in the 75th to make it 5-2, Maxwell notched his second and third goals in the 88th and 89th minutes respectively before Christopher Farmer made it 8-2 in added time at the end.

Meanwhile, the most dramatic game of the weekend unfolded over at the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground, where VG United found themselves two goals down against the Rebels after Curtly Peters converted a 15th minute penalty kick and Austin Prentice doubled the lead in the 34th. However Marknique Williams pulled one back in the 39th minute and then after a dogged and determined display VG finally equalized in front of a large partisan crowd when Johnathon Gonzalez slid the ball home in the 6th minute of added time to earn a point.

The Sugar Boys FC also didn’t disappoint their home fans as they had no problem in overcoming Lion Heart FC 2-0 although it took an own goal in the 29th minute to set them on their way, before Rolland Roberts made sure of the win, scoring the second goal in the 72nd minute.

One Love United FC also had a comfortable win, beating the Panthers FC 4-1 with four first-half goals from Rushedo Robinson, Richard Morgan, Mauricio Guevara Villanueva and Carl Stewart almost settling the match before it began and Vanrick Depesche scoring the Panthers’ only goal half way through the second half.

Old Madrid FC play the Wolues FC at the East End / Long Look National Stadium on Saturday, November 21 with a 4.0pm kick off, whilst on Sunday November 22, the Rebels FC face Lion Heart FC, also at East End / Long Look at 4.00pm. Over on Virgin Gorda on the same Sunday, the Sugar Boys FC take on One Caribbean FC at 5.45pm and then One Love United FC clash with Virgin Gorda United FC AT 8.00pm.

One Love leaps forward but Islanders lead National League

By BVIFA

Andre Thomas shoots and scores to give One Love a surprise 1-0 win over the Sugar Boyz. Photo: BVIFA

Andre Thomas shoots and scores to give One Love a surprise 1-0 win over the Sugar Boyz. Photo: BVIFA

One Love F.C. jumped into fifth place in the National League standings with a surprise 1-0 victory over the high flying Sugar Boyz on Saturday 10th December, whilst the Islanders were handed all 3 points by VG Utd, who failed to have enough players ready at game time on Sunday.

The last weekend of action before the Christmas break also featured the Panthers getting a forfeit win over the Wolues F.C. and a power outage causing the cancellation of the Rebels against Old Madrid.

One Loves win, courtesy of a goal scored by Andre Thomas, gives the same 12 points as Old Madrid, who are in sixth thanks to a lessor goal difference, whilst the defeat of Sugar Boyz all but hands the unbeaten Islanders the title.

With 30 points, the Islanders are ahead of the Sugar Boyz by 9 points and there are only 5 games left for the Virgin Gorda based team to make up the difference.

The last game of the season features the pair and could still be a winner take all match up.

The battle for 3rd and fourth is a much tighter affair although the Rebels are 6 points clear of the Wolues, who have 13 points and sit fourth. However, One Love and Old Madrid have 12 each and with the top four qualifying for the lucrative Big Four Cup, it is all to play for.

Heading into the Christmas Break, Kenmore Peters is still the top scorer, with 10, whilst Richard Morgan has 9, Kevin Fisher 8 and Kevin Carragher 7.

Islanders, Sugar Boys, Old Madrid take weekend victory in BVIFA National League

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Old Madrid finally put some points on the board with a 3-2 win over One Love F.C. Photo: BVISports.com

Old Madrid finally put some points on the board with a 3-2 win over One Love F.C. Photo: BVISports.com

Whilst the Islanders put a dent in the title hopes of the Wolues and the Sugar Boys stormed all over Virgin Gorda, the surprise result of the weekend’s National Leagues fixtures was without doubt Old Madrid’s 3-2 victory over One Love F.C.

Trevor Peters opened the scoring in the 7th minute before Talisman striker, Kenmore Peters, made it 2-0 in the 17th minute before Andre Thomas pulled one back for One Love in the 34th minute.

However, the goal of the game came from Matthew Daley in the 37th minute and restored the two goal advantage for Old Madrid, when he won the ball in the midfield, cut across the 18-yard box and unleashed a curling effort past the keeper and into the net.

One Love mounted some severe pressure on the Old Madrid defense in the second half, but ultimately it took an individual piece of brilliance from Uriah Jnr Baptiste in the 70th minute to make it 3-2 and set up some anxious moments for Old Madrid, but they held on to claim all three points.

The Rebels then condemned the Panthers to another defeat with a comfortable 4-0 victory, which began in bizarre circumstances, when straight after Joel Williams’ headed opener, the Panthers had goal keeper, Edgber Isaac sent off for a second yellow card.

His first came for a rash challenge on the edge of his own area and the second when seemingly in frustration at his own defenders for blaming him for the goal, he removed his shirt.

The reshuffled Panthers survived until just before the half time break when Curtly Peters made it 2-0 in the 41st minute. Michael Baptichon made it 3-0 soon after the restart, from the penalty spot. Andrew Morrison pulled one back for the Panthers but Baptichon added a fourth, scoring his second in added time at the end of the game to make it 4-1.

On Sunday, the Sugar Boys won the Local derby with VG United, 5-0, with all the goals coming in the second half during some heavy rains that swept the A.O. Shirley Ground.

Mohamed Kashour scored the first goal of the game in the 47th minute and went onto complete his hat trick with further goals in the 75th and 78th minutes. Michael Castello netted in the 73rd minute and Allon Williams fired home in the 77th.

The Islanders then maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a hard fought, but ultimately comprehensive, 4-0 win over the Wolues with, just like in the VG derby, all the goals coming in the second half.

Nano Ottley scored in the 52nd minute, Kevin Fisher added the second, rounding the out-rushing Andre Gaymes in the 57th minute. Francis Primo repeated the same scenario in the 86th minute and then Montgomery Butler scored from the penalty spot in the 91st to make it 4-0.

Islanders F.C., Sugar Boys, Wolues and Rebels get ahead in BVIFA National League weekend action

By BVIFA

Anselm Joseph heads home for Old Madrid as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Rebels in the 2016 BVIFA National League. Photo: BVISports.com

Anselm Joseph heads home for Old Madrid as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Rebels in the 2016 BVIFA National League. Photo: BVISports.com

The Islanders F.C. got the weekend’s action in the National League on the A.O. Shirley Ground, with their third straight win, 4-0, with the Panthers being the latest to be outplayed by perennial league Champions.

Results of Saturday, October 1

Avondale Williams smashed home a 25-yard half volley to open the scoring in just the 4th minute, although it took the league leaders another 20 minutes to double their advantage, mainly thanks to some heroics in the Panthers goal by young debutant, Phillip Jules.

He, though, was powerless to stop the unmarked Kevin Fisher from making it 2-0 from close range at the far post in the 25th minute, latching on to a cross from Marcus Lake. Jules was not to be blamed for the third goal four minutes later either when Fisher, again unmarked, was allowed to control and had no blame as Fisher controlled Jamal Sergeants’ free kick and fired home.

The Panthers held their illustrious opponents at bay for almost the entire second half until Rohan Lennon controlled a long ball from Andy Davis, rounded the keeper, substitute Edgber Isaac, and made it 4-0 in added time at the end of the game.

The Sugar Boys then ran out as 5-1 winners of a tempestuous affair against One Love F.C.

Three red cards and numerous yellows punctuated a gripping match that had seen the team’s inseparable at half time, 1-1, with Derol Redheads early opener cancelled out by a long range drive from Richard Morgan.

Lenroy Murray was the first to get his marching orders and, although One Love were now down to ten men, they had a go-ahead goal disallowed before Mohammed Kashour put the Boys 2-1 up in the 53rd minute. Roger Roberts made it 3-1 in the 73rd minute, before Richard Morgan was given his marching orders in the 75th, scything down Terrence Nanton in the penalty box.

Leonard Davis made no mistake from the spot to make it 4-1 and, before the game was done, One Love’s Craig Sinclair was also sent off for a rash tackle on Kashour.

Results of Sunday, October 2

The Wolues demolished a disorganized Virgin Gorda United, 5-1, with Kevin Carragher scoring the first with a deflected long range shot in the 5th minute. The cushion of a second goal came in the 30th minute when Leo Forte was first to react after Camille Benjamin had half blocked a shot from Xavier Arnougili.

Both teams had several chances to score during the second half and despite being reduced to ten men with the sending off of Troy Williams, Xavier John gave VG a lifeline in the 81st minute, making it 2-1. However, the Wolues were always dangerous on the break and the introduction of Alessandro Palladino paid dividends for the Wolues as he netted in the 80th minute to restore the two goal advantage. Forte grabbed his second in the 87th to make it 4-1 and Pallandino rounded things out in the 89th with his second and the Wolues 5th.

The last game of the weekend saw the Rebels maintain a 100% start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Old Madrid courtesy of two first half goals, Kevaughn Watson in the 19th minute and Howard Johnson in the 25th.

Anselm Joseph nodded home in the 51st minute for Old Madrid, but there would be no further scoring.

Wolues, Rebels, One Love, and Islanders secure weekend wins

By BVI Football Association

Wolues F.C. vs Old Madrid F.C at BVIFA 2016 National League match on September 24. Photo: BVISports.com

Wolues F.C. vs Old Madrid F.C at BVIFA 2016 National League match on September 24. Photo: BVISports.com

Whilst many awaited the mouthwatering clash between the Islanders F.C. and the Sugar Boys F.C. the match of the weekend was the first game on Saturday 24th September, between the Wolues F.C. and Old Madrid.

In the first thirty minutes of the game, the only excitement to get the crowd engaged was the appearance of two paragliders landing on the A.O. Shirley Ground, apparently diverted from their attended target of Nanny Cay by a lack of wind.

However, after two goals were disallowed for offside, just two corners, both to Old Madrid and only one shot on target, Kenmore Peters arrived at the far post, unmarked, to head home a Sheldon Harry free kick in the 35th minute.

Leo Forte almost leveled for the Wolues moments later as he burst through the midfield towards goal only to be denied by a last gasp tackle from Courtney Johnson as he lined up his shot.

A delightful interchange of passes between Timothy Parsons and Xavier Arnougili saw the latter fire inches wide to sound further alarm bells in the Old Madrid defense, which had up until the dyeing moments of the first half, been expertly organized by Danny Joseph.

The Wolues finally got a deserved equalizer in the 64th minute when Christopher Farmer fired home a volley from an acute angle, latching onto a half clearance following a Rory Greenan free kick.

Peters almost put Old Madrid back in front with a diving header, but in the 68th minute, substitute Noel Maxwell put the Wolues up 2-1 with a curling effort evading the dive of Dion Clarke in the Madrid goal.

In the 80th minute Peters arrived unmarked again at the Wolues far post to nod home the equalizer after a free kick from the Madrid left deceived Andre Gaymes in the Wolues goal, but James Drury secured all three points for the Wolues with a 25-yard free kick, which went up and over the wall and past the despairing Clarke to make it 3-2 in the 87th minute.

The Rebels F.C. then made a winning start to their campaign with a 3-1 victory over VG United, with a first half goal scored by Michael Baptichon, cancelled out by Xavier John in the 64th minute before Howard Johnson restored the advantage a minute later and Baptichon scored his second and the Rebels third in the 80th minute.

On Sunday, Uriah Jnr. Baptiste put One Love on the way to a 3-1 win over the Panthers, scoring in the 33rd minute, before two second half goals from Richard Morgan confirmed the win, despite Kenny Emmanuel giving the Panthers reason to hope for at least a share of the points with his 66th minute equalizer.

The Islanders then secured a 2-0 win over arch rivals, the Sugar Boys with goals from Kevin Fisher, who bundled home a loose ball from close range in the first half and Nano Ottley in the second.

BVIFA National League underway

By BVIFA

Roger Roberts in orange fires home the winner for Sugar Boys against Panthers.  Photo: BVIFA

Roger Roberts in orange fires home the winner for Sugar Boys against Panthers
Photo: BVIFA

The BVI Football Association 2016 /17 National League kicked off in fine style on Sunday 18th, September, in front of a large crowd and two exciting matches on the A.O. Shirley Ground.

The first game saw two teams, Panthers F.C. and Sugar Boys F.C. still rusty from pre-season, but playing entertaining football, in an encounter that for all the world seemed to be heading for a 0-0 stalemate, despite plenty of goal mouth action at either end.

As it was, the game was decided in the 84th minute when a neat interchange of passing in the midfield released Derrol Redhead out wide on the right. His cross then fell invitingly for Roger Roberts to steer home the only goal of the game and secure all three points for the Virgin Gorda based outfit.

The first half had been all about missed opportunity with Redhead going close a couple of times and bringing out some acrobatic saves from Edgbert Isaac. Terrence Nanton also had a first time volley dealt with spectacularly by the keeper.

At the other end, Omar Williams was millimeters away from getting his head on a cross from Shamoy Thompson, who himself had a shot blocked by Leslie Ambrose in the Sugar Boys goal.

The second game of the night saw an equally pulsating end to end game between the Islanders F.C. and One Love F.C. which was narrowly won, 2-1 by the defending champions, the Islanders.

The opening goal was a well-directed header by Islanders midfielder Julian Davidson, who rose high at the far post to nod home a Fitzroy Daley corner in the 29th minute, the lead though was short lived as in the 43rd minute Howard Hemmings took advantage of some hesitant Islanders defending to control a loose ball in the box and curl a delightful shot past the helpless Montgomery Butler.

The second half had a few clear cut chances apart from a one on one save from Butler as Carl Stewart burst through on goal, until McTair James calmly curled in from the edge of the box to make it 2-1 Islanders in the 78th minute.

Next Saturday, 24th September, the Wolues F.C. will play Old Madrid at 5pm, whilst at 7pm the Rebels F.C. take on Virgin Gorda United. On Sunday 25th September, the Panthers face One Love F.C. at 5pm and then at 7pm, the Islanders F.C. come up against the Sugar Boys, with all matches slated for the A.O. Shirley Recreation Ground.

The BVIFA National League is supported by Stag Beer, distributed in the Virgin Islands by Caribbean Cellars, and FLOW.