Image: Referee Leo Clarke says, “I will have none of it.” (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
Image: Referee Leo Clarke says, “I will have none of it.” (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
Referee Leo Clarke says, “I will have none of it.” (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

THE Beausejour Indoor Facility is set for a record attendance by football fans tomorrow evening when the 2016 Commercial Futsal Quarter final round matches kickoff.

From 6:30 p.m. the Ministry of Infrastructure plays Teachers Union, St. Lucia Distillers will come up against Sandals Halcyon at 7:25 p. m.; SLASPA plays Sandals La Toc at 8:20 p.m. and to bring the curtains down Caribbean Metals plays FLOW at 9:10 p.m.

In the final round of qualifying matches in the round of 16 played on Friday evening in front of the largest crowd to attend the tournament thus far Caribbean Metals defeated a high powered LUCELEC team 4 – 3 in a penalty shootout after the scores were level after regulation time 2 – 2.

For Caribbean Metals, the goal scorers were No.10 PerciusNarcisse in the 19th minute and No. 9 Mitchel Louisy in the 23rd minute. For LUCELEC the goal scorers were No.7 Kerrol Louis in the 18th minute and No. 3 Jason Leon in the 38th minute.

In Game No. 2, SLASPA continued their good run in all facets of the game to defeat Peter and Company Distribution – Mackeson 2 – 1. For SLASPA No.11 Guy Jn Baptiste scored both goals – in the 7th and 30th minute, while No. 6 Dexter Percil scored PCD – Mackeson lone goal in the second minute of play.

They came and never regretted the outing for the much anticipated match-up between a highly rated Lazy – VSV Lagoon team against what most people thought would have been a walk over Sandals La Toc team. But the tables did turn around as the crowd erupted when a goal was scored by the hospitality industry.

Sandals – La Toc emerged as the winners with 5 goals; Garvin Reggie scored 3 and Ferguson St. Clair and Benjamin Gabriel each scored one goal.

Sandals took the lead to the surprise the many fans present in the 9th minute of play through No. 13 St. Clair Ferguson. They quickly made it 2 – 0 in the 14th minute when Reggie Garvin silenced the Lazy – VSV Lagoon fans. From that point it was a different ball game altogether as Referee Leo Clarke on numerous occasions had to step in to avoid any serious injuries to the players on either side as the game got a bit physical.

Lazy VSV Lagoon pulled one back to cut the deficit in the 17th minute when a No.4 Alexander Barnard strike eluded the Sandal La Toc custodian, four minutes later No.9 Ben Gillmor made it 2 – 2 to the delight of Lazy VSV Lagoon fans. Lazy VSV Lagoon for the first time in the match nosed ahead when No.6 Lucas John found the back of the nets in the 30th minute to make it 3 – 2, but that celebration on centre court was short lived as Sandals La Toc equalized in the 31st minute when No. 9 Reggie Garvin unleashed a right foot shot that rocketed inside the goal between the uprights.

It was game on from there as experienced campaigner No.7 Gabriel Benjamin put Sandals La Toc ahead again in the 33rd minute, while Garvin saved the best for last as he put the issue beyond Lazy VSV Lagoon’s reach with his third goal in the 37th minute to secure the win and his hat trick and to the relieve and joy of the Sandals La Toc supporters.

The semifinal of the tournament will be played on Friday at the same venue, followed by the final on Saturday.

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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