Matches continued in the SLFA St. Lucia Sports Online National under 15 Tournament, at the Anse La Raye Playing Field where Canaries yet again accumulated another three points to continue their impressive start ,finishing the first round of games undefeated.
Captain Rio Longville (#8) and O’Neal Hippolyte (11) have wrecked havoc on the lads from the western zone. Their size, speed and strength have aided tremendously, not to mention their gathered experience at youth leagues around the island.
Roseau who was successful in the opener, matched Canaries in size, speed and strength, however their resistance to the continues onslaught from the youngsters from the home of the likes of Phillip Tission and David Henry was broken 25 minutes into the first half. Small O’Neal continues his fine scoring form, dribbled passed two from outside into the 18 yard box and delivered a thunderbolt into the roof of the net, taking his tally to four (4) goals in three matches. Steven Octave doubled the lead in the 40th, another individual who’s making it a habit of finding the back of the net. At the half it was Canaries leading 2 -0.
Denyl Jn Baptiste #12 made it 3-1 five minutes into the second half. Captain Rio Longville put the result beyond doubt when on 58th catapulted the fourth pass flat footed custodian. A consolation goal came in the 82th for Roseau as #14 Hemaiael Charlery found the back of the net.
Canaries at this early stage seem too strong for the rest and are expected to continue their winning ways onto the next round of competition.
In the second match of the double header under lights, home team Anse La Raye had an improved performance against South Castries, having conceded a total of 10 goals in two group stage matches. The technical team of the Anse La Raye team seems to have finally gotten the players to improve on their positional play and right frame of mine, to the delight of the parents and supporters of the home team.
Justin Adjodha #17 slotted home in the 12th minute giving the home team a 1-0 lead early in the first half. Anse La Raye however was unable to maintain the lead when on the 36th minute Nelton Cenac #08 equalized for South Castries amidst sloppy work from the Anse La Raye goalkeeper.
It’s safe to say that the Anse La Raye team comprising of mainly petite players will continue to find the going tough. At the end of the first round Canaries are top on 6 points, Roseau second on 3 points and South Castries and Anse La Raye holding the two last spots on 1 point each.
Games in the Western Zone continue on Wednesday 8th February 2017. Anse La Raye attempts to revenge earlier lost to Canaries at 4pm, and on Thursday South Castries clashes with Roseau.