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Andersen’s hat trick inspires Islanders to 6-0 whipping of Ballstars!

Valdo Andersen celebrated his 2nd goal "Gangnam Style" and finished with a hat trick in the Islanders 6-0 win over the Ballstars. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Andy Davis opened the scoring like a hot knife through butter as he skipped through 3 or 4 challenges before firing home. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Andy Davis opened the scoring like a hot knife through butter as he skipped through 3 or 4 challenges before firing home. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Jamal Sergeant completed a good all round performance with a first time volley to score the Islanders 4th goal. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Jamal Sergeant completed a good all round performance with a first time volley to score the Islanders 4th goal. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – A second half hat trick from Valdo Andersen inspired the Islanders to a 6-0 romp over the Ballstars and all 3 points in the BVIFA National League on Wednesday November 28, 2012.

The first 25 minutes of the game was hardly one for the purists as both teams struggled to string together any passes or build any meaningful attacks and given the tendency around the world for fans to show their disapproval at teams performances by leaving stadiums early it was a good job that there weren’t many in the stands in the first place, for they would have certainly be excused for heading for the exits.

However, the Islanders skipper, Andy Davis, gave them a good reason to stay with a hot knife through butter surging run in the 25th minute as he evaded 3 or 4 Ballstars defenders to fire home a left footed pile driver that gave Maxcell Dabreo no chance in goal.

Before going a goal down the Ballstars had possibly the best of the early exchanges with Aggrey Henry lobbing over the bar following a chest down from Biggs and then hitting two tame free kicks, one from Rohan Henry and one from Aggrey Henry,  straight into the grateful hands of Monty Butler

For the Islanders, Fitzroy Daley was full of running and set up McTair James, but the striker missed his kick in front of goal from 18 yards out. Daley also saw his volley go wide before minutes later he was thwarted by a combined challenge from Alvin St Ville and Kenzie Turnbull.

Valdo Andersen then gave a sign of what was to come as he rode a strong challenge from Kevaugh Watson only to see his lobbed effort fly a foot or two over the bar under the watchful gaze of Dabreo

Ballstars talisman, Troy Cesar, had to leave the field with a foot injury shortly after the goal and although Trevor Ellis filled in the Ballstars began to lose their shape.

As the half drew to a close Daley delayed a pass to Andersen just long enough for the striker to be adjudged offside as he ran through on goal and the same player then earned a corner which taken by Nano Ottley found the head of Noel Isaac who directed his header wide despite the best efforts of James to deflect it in with an outstretched boot.

The second half began with the Islanders surging forward, but it took 15 minutes for Andersen to double the lead with a decisive shot following a free kick and a quick interchange of passes on the edge of the box.

Before that both Green and Daley had missed good chances and a Jamal Sergeant rocket had cannoned off the bar and away for a free kick.

Sergeant though would score the third less than 5 minutes after the second with another rocket shot from 18 yards out. Aggrey Henry lost possession and the ball found itself out to Ottley. His cross was punched clear by the diving Dabreo only to fall directly to Sergeant who fired a first time volley into the empty net.

St Ville had the first attempt on the Islanders goal from a 30 yard free kick which he struck well, but saw it go wide of the left hand post before Andersen scored his second and the Islanders 4th.

St Ville should have cleared the ball, but elected to put Dabreo under pressure with a back pass which the keeper sliced into the path of Andersen who made no mistake and celebrated “Gangnam Style” aka Chris Gayle and the victorious West Indies T20 winning cricket team.

“I saw the Windies celebrate after winning the world T20, it was a proud moment so I decided to emulate them” said Andersen.

Andersen was initially denied a hat trick with some last ditch defending from Brad Remy and Dabreo. Rohan Lennon made it 5-0 just minutes later with a clinical finish and as the clock ran out Andersen skipped through two challenges following a pass from Davis and fired home his third and the Islanders 6th.

“Very happy to be back scoring a lot of goal, it’s a good feeling, the last one gave me most satisfaction though,” commented the hat trick hero.

Coach Avondale Williams was also happy with the win after having switched to a 4-3-3 from a 3-5 -2 to accommodate his new players. “We are getting ourselves back together again and blending in the new players. The new formation is working well with the outside players getting back and forward, so we have a lot more work to do, but are getting there” he said

Vincent Samuel also seemed happy, if not with the result at least with his team’s performance. “We are a very young team and had some missing tonight,” he commented. “We held our own in the first half, got a little ragged in the second half, but the players gained a lot of experience and it’s better to be losing now than later in the season”

The Ballstars have also lost their main striker who is heading off to try out for Major League Soccer in the States. “Wakendale Laurent is leaving for Baltimore next week and will be out for the season if all goes well for him. A striker will definitely be on my Christmas list!”

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