Defending champions Vieux Fort South and Desruisseaux were among the winners advancing to the next round of the Blackheart Knockout Football (BKF) Tournament, as the competition got off to an impressive start at the Soufriere Mini Stadium over the past weekend.
In the opening fixture, Desruisseaux beat Laborie 1-nil with a goal scored by Brent Willie in the 54th minute.
Vieux Fort South got past Canaries 2-1 in the evening’s blockbuster game to signal their intent. Sporting a new kit and a youthful team, the defending champion played with determination and drive to eliminate their opponents.
Moses Henry put V-Fort South ahead in the 44th minute, while Noah Nicholas converted the other goal in the 1st min of added on time in the first half. Rico Longville pulled one back for Canaries in the 90th min.
On Sunday, the action heated up and following a goalless first half, Gros Islet defeated Micoud 4-2. The northern-based team fought back diligently after being a goal down to dispose of the eastern coast side.
Bagio Edward scored a brace for Gros Islet with goals in the 75th and 5th minutes of added on time, while Aaron Richard 66th and Brandon Eugene 71st minutes. Scoring for Micoud, were Kyran Marcellin and Cody Fanus in the 47th and 81st minutes respectively.
Soufriere disposed of Vieux Fort North 2-1 to send the home fans into a wild frenzy from early in the game, as Jardel Phillip converted in the 8th minute. And though Devan O’Brian got the equalizer in the 32nd minute, Phillip went on to score a brace as he netted in the 88th minute as well..
Today (Wednesday), the action continues at the Soufriere Mini Stadium with two matches:
Marchand vs. South Castries from 6:00 p.m., and La Clery vs. Babonneau from 8:00 p.m.
On Saturday, October 15 from 6:00 p.m., Dennery will clash with Central Castries, while Mabouya Valley will take on Anse la Raye from 8:00 p.m.
Meanwhile, here are the results of the Corporate Warfare Futsal competition of last Friday (October, 7) at the Beausejour Indoor Facility.
WASCO claimed the ‘Monster Match’ Award of the night as they demolished Guardsmen 11-nil. For Wasco, Valdez Maximin scored a hat trick, while O’ Neil Remy converted a brace and Albertini Phillip, Garvin Phillip, Lambert Samuel, Rain Noelien, Ranig Christophe and Shavel Brin contributed the other goals.
Bel Jou Hotel took down the defending champions Heineken St. Lucia 4-3, in a hard-fought encounter. After trailing 4-1, Bel Jou Hotel did well to bounce back and stunned the brewery masters team.
In another exciting encounter, Rapid Entertainment defeated Top Ranking 7-2.
Results of other matches played, were as follows:
Postal Service vs. Unicomer 7 – 1,
St. Lucia Distillers vs. Sandals Grande 5-2,
Small Business Owners vs. Digicel 7 – 1,
KM2 Solutions vs. Term Finance 5 – 2,
Flow vs. LUCELEC 3 – 0.
Several players registered hat tricks in the weekend encounters, including, O’Neil Alexander – Small Business, Mc. Arthur Louis – St. Lucia Distillers, and Raphael Henry – Postal Service.
In the meantime, the preliminary round matches in the Phillip J. Pierre Football tournament and organised by the Marchand Football League also got underway last Friday at the Marchand Grounds. The matches were witnessed by a very appreciative and supportive crowd as the football fervour ignited once again at the original ‘home of football’ grounds.
Scores of matches played were as follows:
Pavee United vs. Bocage 3-2,
Bagatelle vs. Rock Hall 2-0.