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National League: Sugar Boys tame Rebels to go top of points table

- Wolues crush Positive 10-0 & Panthers maul Old Madrid 6-2
Sugar Boys #21 Alejandro Sanchez eludes 2 Rebels defenders en route to a goal. Photo: BVIFA
Sugar Boys' Derrol Redhead's second goal came via a header. Photo: BVIFA/Facebook
Sugar Boys' Derrol Redhead's second goal came via a header. Photo: BVIFA/Facebook
VALLEY, Virgin Gorda, VI- The Sugar Boys came away from a tough early season National League challenge against the Rebels FC with all three points, following a 4-1 victory on the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground, on Sunday, November 5, 2023.

With the win, orchestrated by a brace of goals from talisman Derol Redhead, the Boys went top of the standings on 7 points ahead of both Panthers FC and VG United, who have six.

The Rebels had grabbed a one-goal lead on the stroke of halftime when Mario Carter scored, but the Boys were soon level when McGraw Baptiste scored from the penalty spot in the 47th minute. Alejandro Sanchez then put the Boys ahead a minute later and Redhead wrapped up the points with a brace in the 61st and 71st minutes.

‘We aim to stay’ on top- Redhead

“Another great win for us!” beamed Redhead.

“It was much appreciated and one that we really needed after our last game. It is one of our aims to get as many points as possible and we didn’t give the Rebels time to settle. We pressurised them and capitalized on their mistakes. It puts us in a good position in the standings and we aim to stay there,” Redhead continued.

Dylano Liverpool hattrick

The Panthers also recorded back-to-back wins when they hit Old Madrid for six, before letting their opponents score twice late on to lessen the blow of a 6-2 rout. Dylano Liverpool scored a hat trick with goals in the 41st, 44th and 66th minutes, whilst Prevell Asson netted twice in the 48th and 69th, and Rickson Augustin added his name to the score sheet in the 49th.

Chibueze Onwuchekwa and Jeffrey Smith scored the late consolations for Old Madrid.

“A dominant team performance all around,” commented Panthers Coach, Stany Francis. “We controlled the tempo of the game. A bit disappointed that we conceded 2 goals and lost the clean sheet which I will put down to overconfidence and loss of focus. We will improve and move forward. The team's overall fitness has improved massively.”

Wolues destroy ‘shortened’ Positive

In the opening game of the weekend, Wolues FC hit Positive FC for double digits in a 10-0 victory as Hugo Costa Liziario also scored a hat trick. James Malley and Phil Nelson both scored twice, whilst Leo Forte, Gethin Jones and Marcus Robinson also found the back of the net.

Positive started with 7 players but did well to restrict Wolues to 4 goals in the first half.

“It was a comfortable win that was never in any doubt,” Noted Nelson. “We saw Positive play a close game last week, and have improved a lot, so we were determined not to take the game lightly. We tried to use our two strikers and two wingers as much as possible to spread the field and make it difficult to defend against. It was a good performance which we will look to build on with a short turnaround for our next game on Wednesday.”

Islanders & One Love share points

Islanders and One Love shared a six-goal thriller and the points in a 3-3 draw, as after going three goals down inside the first seven minutes (Jhon Labega and Richard Morgan, twice. the scorers), the Islanders bounced back to make it 3-2 at the break as Sheldon Harry and Oswort Holder reduced the deficit.

Harry would then score the equaliser in the 88th minute to round out a remarkable weekend of action.

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