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SUPER LEAGUE K.O. UNDERWAY

G.I. Thrash Desruisseaux; Laborie And Dennery Also Out.

Gros Islet striker Troy Greendige. [Photo: Anthony De Beauville]
Gros Islet striker Troy Greendige. [Photo: Anthony De Beauville]

IT’S day three in the St. Lucia Football Association’s Super League Knock Out tournament in collaboration with Michel’s Electrical and Vizions Entertainment currently being played at the Beausejour cricket Ground.

Today from 6:00 p.m. Babonneau will play Soufriere and South Castries meets Canaries the reigning Blackheart champions from 8.00 p.m.

The competition continues tomorrow when Micoud plays Marchand from 6.00 p.m. in what is expected to be an exciting affair and arch rivals Vieux Fort North, the reigning SLFA Fantasy champions, play Central Castries from 8:00 p.m

Meanwhile, 16 goals were scored in five matches as the inaugural Super League Football Tournament kicked off on Saturday. The highlight of the weekend was Gros Islet striker Troy Greenidge scoring four goals to help his team defeat Desruisseaux 7 – 0, Anse la Raye breezed past Laborie 3 – 0 and Roseau Valley edged one of the tournament favourites Dennery in an exciting penalty shoot out.

Some of the showpiece between Mabouya Valley and Choiseul in the midfield area. [Photo: Anthony De Beauville]
Some of the showpiece between Mabouya Valley and Choiseul in the midfield area. [Photo: Anthony De Beauville]

On the field of play, Dennery and Roseau played to a nil all draw after regulation time, but in the process saw both teams squander numerous scoring opportunities. In fact, Dennery had the easiest of them all in the dying moments of the encounter when the Roseau Valley custodian and its defence remained flat foot, catching Dennery striker by surprise.

In the penalty shoot out to decide the winner for the next round of competition Roseau Valley held their nerves to win 4 – 3 after Dennery’s first kick hit the uprights and their fifth was saved by the Roseau Valley custodian to start the celebration.

In the second encounter Gros Islet proved too strong for their opponents as they went on to unleash their fury on the boys from Desruisseaux in what can best be described as a one sided affair 7 – 0. Gros Islet’s No. 7 Aranis Lorde opened the scoring in the 21st minute, No.9 Troy Greenidge doubled it in the 22nd minute and a further two more in the 36th and 42nd minute to leave the Desruisseaux team 4 – 0 down and searching for answers at the half time whistle.

On the resumption there was no letting off the hook by Gros Islet as the goal feast continued in the 63rd minute when a No.16 Elijah Louis strike made it 5 – 0. Troy Greenidge continued his run of form and found the back of the net for the fourth time in the 63rd minute. No.20 Nicholas Lawrence sealed the deal in the 90th.

The action continued on Sunday when Mabouya Valley and Choiseul came out firing at each other for the first 15 minutes of play. With a cold breeze blowing over the BCG and a threat of rain, the two teams dropped the momentum a few notches. But it was Mabouya Valley who seized the advantage when No. 5 Martis Joseph netted the opening goal in the 36th minute to leave the half time score 1 – 0.

The resumption saw some urgency on the part of Choiseul and in the process they found the much deserved equalizer in the 48th minute through their No.13 Leontus Joseph to the delight of their supporters present. But two quick strikes from Mabouya Valley’s No.9 Wayne Theodule in the 55th minute from a free kick just outside the box and No.15 Yveslin Eugene in the 65th minute proved too much for the boys from the western district, but Choiseul still had something to cheer about as their No.18 Tarrie Alcee cut the deficit to one in the 90th minute.

In game No. 2, Mon Repos edged out La Clery 1 – 0, a goal scored by Yod Fevrier in the 67th minute of play, after a goalless first half.

The final game on the evening saw Anse La Raye defeating Laborie 3 – 0, with goals from No. 7 Dane St. Croix in the 70th minute, No. 10 Mackean St. Croix in the minute 86th minute and No. 4 Georges Guillet in the minute 90th minute.

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... Read full bio...

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