Super League: Canaries and Babonneau First To Qualify
On Saturday 30 April in front of a mammoth crowd at the La Ressource Playing Field – Canaries and Babonneau assured themselves tickets to the quarter final stage in the 2016 Vizions Entertainment 2nd annual Super League Football Tournament with wins over Marchand and Mabouya Valley respectively.
In the first encounter Canaries knocked out their opponents Marchand 3 – 0. Marchand needed a win or a draw to at salvage some pride in the tournament as they made their exit. No. 14 David Henry opened the scoring for Canaries in the 7th minute to ensured his team stays on top of things, but Marchand with a no die attitude made a few scoring surges, but was not able to take full control as the Canaries defence kept their strikers at bay up until Referee Gordon Wilson final whistle for halftime break.
On the resumption Marchand showed some urgency as they search for the equalizer, but Canaries No. 8 Stephen Longville scored a beauty in the 49th minute from a wonderfully taken free kick just outside the box to head the ball past the Marchand custodian No. 1 Andre Antoine that had no chance of saving it.
It was all to play for as the boys from East Castries decked in their Grey attire kept fighting, Canaries kept them at bay despite several goal raids. Canaries made it 3 – 0 when No. 13 Jermain Joseph strike in the 90+3 minutes sealed the deal for his team and to start a quarter final berth celebration on the square.
In the second match also on Saturday night Babonneau booked their place into the next stage of the tournament likewise with a hard fought 3 – 2 win over home team Mabouya Valley. The Valley led 2 – 1 up until the 32nd minute of the encounter.
Babonneau No.10 Lynch Isidore put his team ahead in the 4th minute when he strike one past the MV custodian to start a celebration in the stands, but all the shouting and loud noise from the Babonneau fans was short live as Mabouya Valley leading goal scorer in the tournament No. 10 Vernon Abbott equalized in the 6th minute for his team to send the 3000 plus crowd wild – shouting Mabouya, Mabouya, Mabouya. (World Cup atmosphere).
With their crowd support behind them the Valley will take the lead when No.9 Yveslin Eugene strike in the 32nd minute made it 2 – 1 to seized the half time advantage. Game on going into the second half of play.
On the resumption both teams upped the tempo a few notches, but Babonneau looked more dangerous in all facets, offensive and defensive and their accurate passing combined with speed on and off the ball proved a little too much for the Mabouya Valley team.
Babonneau went on to equalized in the 70th minute through No. 5 Shan Constable, at that point the MV crowd went silent as from here on a 2 – 2 draw for Babonneau will see them through, one more goal for MV will knock Babonneau out from the tournament, both teams knew exactly what they had to do.
With 20 minutes left plus added on time on Referee Garner Felicien watch, MV started to rebuild their momentum once more and also their confidence on the square, but Babonneau was equal to the task as their defence refuse to budge. Babonneau custodian No.00 Alex Joseph must be commended for his remarkable save and the match in the dying minutes from a full blooded low driven right foot shot from inside the box, but at the end of it all Babonneau No.7 Donicion Inglis had the last say as he was still able to slip one though the MV goal in the 90th minute to settle the deal 3 – 2. What a match and what a crowd.
Four yellow cards were issued by Referee Garner Felicien in the encounter – for Mabouya Valley No. 6 Marid Daniel in the 88th minute. For Babonneau No. 10 Lynch Isidore in the 42nd minute, No 13 Kissinger Anthony in the 67th minute and No. 7 Donicion Inglis in the 84th minute of play respectively.
Meanwhile, on Sunday, it was disappointing news for football fans in the Desresseaux community that turn up to take in the showpiece in the first encounter between Laborie and Roseau Valley. That match was not played as RV never showed up – As a result Laborie received 3 points, plus 3 addition goals.
In the second encounter home team Desresseaux played to a 1 – 1 draw with neighbors Micoud.
Desresseaux took the lead through their No. 17 Mickaish Emmanuel in the 44th minute, while Micoud No.10 Kyran Marcellin equalized in the 74th to share the points. It must be noted that the scoreline could have been greater for both sides as they squandered a number of easy scoring opportunities.
Following Sunday match in Desresseaux the tournament take a 9 day break for the Jazz Festival and will resume on Tuesday 10 with a very important encounter at the Gros Islet Playing Field. From 6.00 p.m. Central Castries play La Clery – both teams currently on 6 points from two matches and will want nothing less than a win to top Group 3. While at 8.00 p.m. South Castries play Choiseul, either of these two team will be looking for their first point in the tournament. So it’s anyone’s guess who will win that encounter.