THE Phillip Marcellin Grounds (PMG) in Vieux Fort was a hive of excitement as the ongoing Veterans in Sports Inc. Football Tournament continued with the theme ‘Strong to the Finish, Kicking for a Cure’.
The undertaking saw defending champions Micoud losing their second consecutive match, and Flow Lancers FC; All Blacks – Dennery and Gros Islet maintaining their unbeaten run; while Mon Repos Sharks surprisingly defeated Labowee Connextions to get their campaign going.
On Saturday 23rd November 2019, three matches were played with the following results:
Anse la Raye Veterans and VSADC played to a 1 – 1 draw.
Anderson Fedee put Anse la Raye ahead in the 61st minute; while Robert Lewis equalized for VSADC in the 72nd minute.
Group B leaders Flow Lancers FC were held to a goalless draw by All Blacks – Dennery despite a few scoring opportunities on either end of the pitch by both teams.
In Group D, Caricom Masters were off and running when they eventually got on the points table with a 2 – 0 victory over Vieux Fort North.
For Caricom Masters, the goal scorer was Ansgar Herman in the 66th and 71st minutes.
The action continued on Sunday 24th November with Canaries Veterans getting the better of Micoud Veterans 2 – 1 condemning them to their second consecutive defeat.
For Canaries, the goal scorers were Shawn St Omer in the 17th and 18th minutes; while Conrad Evans pulled one back for the defending champions, Micoud, in the 23rd minute.
In Group B, Mon Repos Sharks defeated Labowee Connexions 1 – 0.
For Mon Repos Sharks, Andrew Wilson was the goal scorer in the 58th minute.
Gros Islet Veterans maintained their unbeaten streak with a 5 – 2 victory over Choiseul Veterans.
For Gros Islet Veterans, the goal scorers were Roger Celestin in the 1st and 80th minutes; Rafferty Noelien in the 27th minute; Peter George in the 29th minute and Troy Serieux in the 83rd minute.
For Choiseul, the goal scorers were Didacus Peterson in the 25th minute and Webster Stanislaus in the 77th minute.
Following last weekend’s matches the points standing are as follows:
Group A: Laborie Veterans takes charge with 6 points, closely followed by Canaries Veterans on 4 points.
Group B: Flow Lancers FC and All Blacks – Dennery are tied on 4 points each from two matches; and Labowee Connexions following their shocking defeat at the hands of Mon Repos is on 3 points.
Group C: Evenly poised at the top are Gros Islet Veterans and Marchand Veterans locked on 6 points each.
Group D: Central Vieux Fort leads with 6 points, two points clear of Anse la Raye Veterans on 4 point, while Caricom Masters is on 3 points following their 2 – 0 win versus Vieux Fort North on Sunday.
The excitement continues this weekend with two triple headers at the PMG.
On Saturday 30th November from 4.00 p.m., Soufriere Veterans take on Micoud Veterans; Labowee Connextions play Flow Lancers FC at 6.00 p.m. and Mon Repos Sharks will come up against Vieux Fort South at 8.00 p.m.
On Sunday 1st December, from 3.00 p.m. Congorians take on Prophets and Kings; Canaries Veterans play Laborie Veterans at 5.00 p.m. and in an all Vieux Fort derby, Vieux Fort North will clash with Central Vieux Fort at 7.00 p.m.
The total number of goals scored to date are 55; with the leading goal scorer being Shawn St Omer (Canaries Veterans) with 3. Seven players are tied with two goals each: Lenton Sandiford (Central Vieux Fort); Wendell Prescott (Flow Lancers FC); Don Tommy and KentisAuguste (Laborie Veterans); Marlon Desir (Marchand Veterans); Ansgar Herman (Caricom Masters) and Roger Celestin (Gros Islet Veterans).
CEO of Veterans in Sports Inc. Alvin Malaykhan speaking about the weekend’s matches expressed, “We saw some major upsets as the defending champions lost again. We saw Mon Repos Sharks finally winning against a formidable LabowiConnextions team… All Blacks – Dennery and Flow Lancers FC looked really good and played to a drawn game. This year Caricom Masters look like a contender and they are better organized. Canaries is the surprising team this year, playing good football; they defeated the defending champions 2 – 1.”
Malaykhan added, “This weekend two lucky patrons will get a chance to win two Christmas hampers as the triple header weekends conclude at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort and we get ready for the La Ressource Playing Field in Mabouya Valley starting on Saturday 7th, December.”