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Veterans Football: Quarterfinalists Decided

Image: (L-R) Group D quarterfinalists Gros Islet and Micoud. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

ANOTHER Round of 8 is just three weeks away and for the first time since the inception of the Veterans In Sports Inc. Football Tournament, the city centre has no team left in the main draw when it resumes on Saturday January 6, 2018.

The final eight going into the quarterfinal of the main draw are: Group A — Vieux Fort South, Valley Ledgens; Group B — Anse la Raye Veterans, Central Vieux Fort; Group C — Soufriere Veterans, All Black: Dennery; Group D – Gros Islet Veterans and Micoud Veterans.

Image: (L-R) Group A quarterfinalists Vieux Fort South and Valley Ledgens.l(Photo: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Group A quarterfinalists Vieux Fort South and Valley Ledgens.l(Photo: Anthony De Beauville)

The teams heading into the quarterfinal stage have every right to be there and Flow Lancers FC, LabowiConnextions, Vieux Fort North and Caricom Masters would have themselves to blame for not advancing to the main draw.

Defending champions VSADC failed to come to terms after their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Vieux Fort South in their opening match up at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds. Prophets and Kings, who had so much going for them last year, this time around never lived up to expectations. Behind the College All Stars had a tough uphill battle competing in Group B.

Image: (L-R) Group B quarterfinalists Anse la Raye and Central Vieux Fort. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Group B quarterfinalists Anse la Raye and Central Vieux Fort. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

In the final round of matches in the prelimanry stage of the tournament played at the Gros Islet playing field, Flow Lancers FC and Micoud played to a 1-1 draw. Jonathan John scored for Flow Lancers FC in the 6th minute, while Conrad Evand got the equalizer for Micoud Veterans in the 57th minute.

Gros Islet Veterans had a 3-0 win over Mon Repos Sharks. For Gros Islet Veterans, Shermon Sylvester scored in the 38th minute, while Roger Celestine had goals in the 51st and 61st minutes.

Image: (L-R) Group C quarterfinalists All Blacks: Dennery and Soufriere Veterans. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Group C quarterfinalists All Blacks: Dennery and Soufriere Veterans. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

In a must-win situation between Central Vieux Fort and Behind the College All Stars, CVF edged out BTC 4-2 with goals from Titus Elva in the 5th and 49th minutes and Wilbur Moffat in the 20th and 37th minutes.

For BTC, Jerry Reneau scored in the 30th minute and Junior Samuel in the 79th.

Image: (L-R) Group D quarterfinalists Gros Islet and Micoud. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Group D quarterfinalists Gros Islet and Micoud. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

The encounter between VSADC and Congorians was not played as Congorians failed to show up for their 6:00 p.m. match-up.

Anthony De Beauville is The VOICE Publishing Company’s multi-award winning sports journalist. He works closely with a number of sports federations including the Department of Youth Development and Sports, the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee and other organizations.

He covers and contributes articles highlighting the areas of international, regional, national, community based clubs and schools sporting activities. There is never an off day as he stays busy…
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