THE football excitement continues this afternoon in the inaugural Digicel Northern Zone Club Championship when FC Pioneers and VSADC play a Castries derby at the Gros Islet playing field while NYAH FC will take on Boguis at the SAB Sporting Facility.
Both matches are scheduled to kick off from 4:00 p.m.
Tomorrow from 4:00 p.m. GMC United will play Dominators FC at the Gros Islet playing field while RV Juniors take on Massy Stores Northern United at the Sab Sporting Facility from 4:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, in a double header played on Wednesday evening at the Marchand playing field, RV Juniors took on FC Pioneers in what can best be described as an even affair with both teams attacking with intent from the first whistle. FC Pioneers took the lead, thanks to a goal from Nangee Phillip. After the interval RV Juniors came out with a clear intention to attack, but FC Pioneers responded appropriately, ably marshalled by their former national defensive from of Junior Samuels and goal keeper Abraham Mentor, who came out of retirement for tournament.
FC Pioneers needed all of Mentor’s experience between the uprights as RV Junior mounted several goal raids in search of an equalizer which never came. In the end, FC Pioneers were fortunate to hang on to a well deserved 1 – 0 victory.
In the second encounter of the nigt, newly crowned Central Castries champions, VSADC, took on Marchand champions flames United.
The rivalry between the teams was evident from the first whistle as VSADC was camped deep inside the Flames United throughout the first half. However, the latter had nothing to show for their ball possession and territorial advantage as too often attacks were broken down due to wayward passing in the midfield area and shocking profligacy from their strikers up front.
The second half was a carbon copy of the first and it appeared that Flames United would earn a famous point. However, national boxer Arthur Langelier who kept goal for Flames United had two disappointing moments midway in the second half when he recklessly charged out of the goal and brought down attackers in the penalty area.
Shaquille Joseph calmly stepped to the spot to convert both penalty shots. VSADC’s third goal of the night was also a gift from Langelier when his ill-timed tackle brought down one of his defenders resulting in a comedy of errors that saw Flames United put the ball in their own nets.
Flames United were able to get on to the score sheet, thanks to a handle ball inside the penalty area from VSADC defender Jarvis Valcin, the lone blemish on a night when he put on a clinic on the art of playing central defence.