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Nanton & Wallace put icing on cake for Sugar Boys!

Donson Humphrey could do no more than help Derol Redheads lobbed shot into the top corner to give the Sugar Boys a 2-0 first half advantage. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Sezie Ells pulled off a string of fine saves to keep East End in the game, this time at the feet of Javon Wallace. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Sezie Ells pulled off a string of fine saves to keep East End in the game, this time at the feet of Javon Wallace. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Terrance Nanton peels away from goal having slid his shot under the advancing keeper, Ells, to make it 3 nil to the Sugar Boys. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
Terrance Nanton peels away from goal having slid his shot under the advancing keeper, Ells, to make it 3 nil to the Sugar Boys. Photo: Charlie Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Two goals in the last 5 minutes gave the Sugar Boys a comfortable 4-0 win over East End in the BVIFA National League last night, Wednesday December 5, 2012 on the A.O. Shirley Ground.

As early as the first minute, Javon Wallace issued a warning to the East End outfit when he latched onto a through ball only to see his effort cleared away for a corner by the combined efforts of Sezie Ells in goal and defender Donson Humphrey. From the resulting corner swung in from the Sugar Boys left by Keron Daniel, Wallace’s initial header was blocked by Kevin Doyley, who also got a vital toe in to deflect the follow up shot from Wallace.

A few moments later Jario Morris won a corner on the other flank, which was swung in low by Michael Castillo and met on the first time volley by Terrance Nanton, but his effort flashed wide of the near post.

East End then served notice that they would be no push over, at least in the early stages, when Kenrick Leslie burst clear of the offside trap only to see his lob over the advancing ‘keeper, Maxford Pipe,  miss the target.

On 22 minutes, the Sugar Boys opened the scoring rather fortuitously as Humphrey could only deflect his attempted headed clearance from another corner into his own net.

Ten minutes later East End should have been on level terms when Everton Pereira fouled Blondene Baptiste inside the area, giving the Referee no choice but to point to the spot. Leslie took on the responsibility but fired his attempt wide of the diving Pipe and beyond the left hand post.

“No one wanted to take it,” admitted Leslie “so I stepped forward, but unfortunately hit in wide.”

East End were made to pay for the miss, barely 5 minutes later, when following yet another save from Ells, this time at the feet of Wallace, the ball fell kindly to Derol Redhead whose goal bound shot could only be helped on its way into the net via the head of Humphrey.

Right on the stroke of half time East End had a chance to reduce the arrears, but Baptiste saw his header fall straight into the arms of a grateful Pipe.

The break seemed to take the wind out of East End’s sails and the Sugar Boys took full advantage of some tired legs to run the midfield and defense ragged, only to find Ells in magnificent form as he made save after save, block after block and punched clearance after punched clearance.

The movement and passing of Redhead, Wallace, Juinick Mingo, Nanton and Castillo proved way too much for East End to handle, as it would for many of the league teams, but each time they threatened to open the floodgates up popped Ells.

After a delightful chipped pass from Castillo, Nanton stabbed just wide and then Ells blocked a shot from Wallace. Ells was beaten to the ball by Redhead in the 62nd minute but Humphrey was on hand to clear the danger before Ells made key clearances under pressure in the 65th and 67th minutes. The keeper also saved another Wallace effort in the 70th minute and a fine diving save in the 75th minute from the same player.

Meanwhile, at the other end Pipe was indebted to Hesborn Simmonds who took the ball from the feet of his own player, Baptiste when a goal looked almost certain. Pipe also saved another Leslie shot before making a defiant leap across his goal line to scramble away Baptiste’s shot.

Just when it seemed the game would end at 2-0 up popped Nanton to finally slide the ball past Ells to make it 3 and in the dyeing seconds Wallace finally got reward for his efforts with a well taken goal to pad the score line.

“We backed ourselves, tried to keep playing football and came out with a comfortable win,” commented Redhead. “We had many opportunities to score in the second half, but got a bit excited in front of goal. Overall we are very happy with the result.”

Leslie admitted they were struggling to come to terms with the league, but had more to offer. “Ells is a good keeper for us and kept us from being humiliated today,” he said. “We are not fit enough yet and have only been training on the beach or at the college. Once Greenlands is fully open we are hoping we can utilise that facility and will only get better as a team. “

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