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VI’s Caribbean Cup dream turns to nightmare!

Dominica's Kelrick Walters makes it 2-0 against the hapless Virgin Islands in their Scotiabank Caribbean Cup game at the A.O. Shirley Recreation Grounds on March 26, 2016. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Team Virgin Islands prior to their game against Dominica. A game they would love to soon forget! Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Team Virgin Islands prior to their game against Dominica. A game they would love to soon forget! Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
VI's Ryan Dicker sees the ball bounce off his knee and into his own net. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
VI's Ryan Dicker sees the ball bounce off his knee and into his own net. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - The Caribbean Cup dream for the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) is over as the senior national team failed to overcome a fast, free flowing Dominica at the A.O. Shirley Grounds in Road Town, Tortola on Saturday March 26, 2016.

A sizeable crowd supporting both teams were treated to 15 minutes of VI dominance in the first half, but being unable to make a breakthrough, compounded by the loss of influential midfielder Karl Espley to injury, soon turned into a first half nightmare as Dominica grabbed the game by the throat and scored 4 times, to go into the half time break with a comfortable lead.

In the 20th minute, an in swinging corner bounced off the knee of Ryan Dicker to leave Ben Chapman helpless and handed the visitors the opening goal.

Kelrick Walters was on hand in the 27th minute to hit home the second after Chapman’s initial save saw the ball bounce back off the post.

Bertrand scored his second in the 33rd minute and then Julian Wade scored the first of what was to be a hat trick, in the 44th minute.

The second half saw Walters score the 5th and then Wade rounded out his hat trick with a delightful chip over the advancing Daniel Barker and a well taken penalty.

“The chip gave me the most satisfaction,” noted Wade. “It was such a good pass and I enjoyed making the lob.”

Wade also commented that his team had settled down nicely into the game and had grown in confidence.

Head Coach, Shane Marshall, was equally as happy with his team’s performance. “It took us a little time to get into the game, but once we were able to play our game, we controlled the match and I’m pleased with the way the guys passed the ball around, created chances and also scored goals.”

“VI side looked tired” - Coach

VI Captain Troy Caesar said the home side came out with a game plan, but despite a bright start were unable to recover from conceding the early goal and was sorry they didn’t live up to the crowds expectations of a more competitive game.

Coach Avondale Williams thought his side looked tired after only one day’s rest, following the Martinique game.

“I don’t know what went wrong, the guys played their hearts out, but just looked tired. Losing Espley upset the balance of the team and the substitutions didn’t really work out. Overall it was very frustrating, some decisions didn’t go in our favour, but that’s football.”

7 Responses to “VI’s Caribbean Cup dream turns to nightmare!”

  • Donald trump (27/03/2016, 11:04) Like (1) Dislike (7) Reply
    can BVI win anything?
  • musa (27/03/2016, 11:38) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    good try team bvi
  • huh (27/03/2016, 18:04) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Not good try. This is embarrassing.

    Who are these people? Are there any local BVIslanders that make up this team other than Ceaser? But why oh why is the question? Why are they not representing the BVI instead of theses just come men? Ceaser is good but these men were of little help. I am not impressed. The Dominica team or any other team for that matter doesn't just pick some people to send to play...they TRAIN together. Somebody from the BVIFA please help me here.
  • Prepare to succeed.. (27/03/2016, 21:27) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    I've been watching football in the BVI for over 20yrs. This is thd worst BVI team i have seen.. With all those college base players. It was so disappointing. I was really looking for a bettet showing from the BVI..
  • son of the soil (27/03/2016, 23:09) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    These less-ass island people.
  • Boss (30/03/2016, 17:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    U need see under 13, results

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