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Anderson hat trick lifts Islanders to double digit win!

McTair James crashes his volley in off the post to make it 3-0 to the Islanders. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Raymon Cummings put Islanders ahead 5-0 before half time with a lucky ricochet after his shot was blocked by the keeper. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Raymon Cummings put Islanders ahead 5-0 before half time with a lucky ricochet after his shot was blocked by the keeper. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Andersen scores the first of what would become a hat trick in the 12-1 thrashing of East End. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Andersen scores the first of what would become a hat trick in the 12-1 thrashing of East End. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The East End Eagles had no answer to an Islanders team in full flow during the National Football League Opener on Sunday November 18, 2012, going down 12-1 to the defending Champions.

The new season has not been without its difficulties for the Territory's number one team as they have lost several players from the last campaign and have had to bed in some new talent.

The wobbles in their performances are well and truly over though as the newcomers all had a hand in the most emphatic statement of intent made on an opening day anywhere in football.

Rushedo Robinson opened the scoring in the 17th minute when he split the East End defense. Fladimir Septus added the second goal in the 25th and that effort was followed up by McTair James two minutes later when he latched onto a through ball and fired in an unstoppable volley.

Francis Primo continued the scoring in the 32nd when he saw the goalkeeper out of position to slot home and then four minutes later, Raymond Cummings got a lucky break as his shot was blocked by the ‘keeper only for the rebound to ricochet off his shin and into the empty net.

A minute later, Valdo Andersen scored the first of what would end as a hat trick, the other goals coming in the 56th and 65th minutes. Kaleeth Cave, in the 63rd padded the score, before Carlos Septus added scores in the 80th and 87th stanzas.

East End’s Donson Humphrey had earlier contributed to the Islanders’ tally with an own goal in the 43rd. Soniel Lucas scored for the Eagles in the 85th  to prevent a shutout.

In the second match of the opening day, Panthers trimmed the Rebels, 2-1 during a defensive tussle.

Odean Thompson gave the Panthers the lead when he scored 8 minutes in. The Rebels equalized in the 44th off Danny Joseph’s penalty kick. Collie Mickle got an opportunity in the 84th and scored from a penalty kick to give the Panthers the victory. 

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