Just three points separate the top three in the National League after a weekend that saw Rebels FC the only title contenders to secure maximum points edging an eleven-goal thriller with Panthers FC on Sunday.
Wolues FC and VG United kicked off the weekend’s action with a 4-4 draw at the East End / Long Look venue as a topsy turvy game with many lead changes was almost settled in favor of VG in the dyeing moments, but they missed a penalty.
VG opened the scoring through Kijuan Nimblett in the 30th minute, before Wolues roared back into a 2-1 lead after goals from Gethin Jones (42nd) and Mauricio Abner Guevara Villanueva (45th +2). VG then made it 2-2 in the 54th minute through Jadon Quashie and 3-2 in the 54th minute as Sheldon Tony scored. Wolues fought back to make it 3-3 in the 59th minute courtesy of Oliver Henderson and then went ahead 4-3 when Paul Edwards found the back of the net in the 71st minute.
However Quashie scored his second of the game in the 3rd minute of added time at the end of the game to level at 4-4 and then came the penalty miss that would have handed VG a crucial three points.
“It was an exciting game for the neutral” commented Wolues’ Phil Nelson “we needed to win but a draw was probably the most we deserved as VG played a good game. Just like last week, three of our goals came from set pieces, which is nice, but we need to create more in open play in the next game. Its disappointing to concede an equalizer close to the end but we showed great character to keep coming back at them and we were lucky they missed a penalty to win it. We’ve only lost once this season, but have too many draws on the board”
Whilst VG United’s Manager, Jermain Abrams noted that “We had a chance to win the game at the end but missed a penalty, a good game, a back and forth see saw game between two evenly matched teams. One of the best games of the season and a draw just about the right result”
Positive FC then garnered their first points of the campaign as they beat Old Madrid 6-1, with goals coming from Oshane Ennis, Roequan Hemmerding, Janel Ferdinand, Donnar Henry, Jean Wilbert and Shemoy Manning.
On Sunday, also at East End / Long Look, Rebels edged Panthers 6-5 with Johari Lacey netting another hattrick and Kelvin Glasgow, Francis Primo and Ervince Lockhart, who netted what turned out to be the winner, joining him on the scoresheet. Panthers response came from Prevell Asson , Jhon Samuel with a hat trick of his own and Wayne Phillip 58
“It was fast played game, very competitive and tense” noted Rebels coach, Latoya Sue “We took control of the game from early which resulted in a 3-1 in the first half but made errors and let them back into the game in the second half. We responded well though and took back control and go back ahead. We then quickly transitioned into a more defensive approach with little time left in the game to secure the win. I am very proud of the guys they played really well under pressure, and I am grateful for the victory”
To round out the weekend, Lion Heart FC caused One Love’s campaign to come of the rails with a confidant 3-1 victory secured by goals from Shavaughn Thomas and brace from Bishon Edwards. Guillaume Parkins had put One Love level shortly after half time, but Lion Heart were not to be denied.
“The victory was sweet” beamed Manager Winston Brown “the big win feels amazing. Before the game we sat and we analyze both teams. We saw the areas where they were weak, and we took advantage of that. It was a tough game but we were prepared and stuck to our game plan and just went out there and enjoyed our game”
One Loves Manager, Mark Savage lamented that it was a good game, but his team didn’t play well enough “we didn’t get chance to settle into the game, had a lot of chances, but didn’t capitalize on them”