RCI St. Lucia
posted on October 01, 2017 16:13
Two teams advanced to the finals of the Blackheart/SLFA knockout football tournament for 2017 in contrasting styles on Saturday 30th, September 2017 with the double header played at the Daren Sammy Cricket ground.
In the first semifinal, last year’s finalist Marchandbattled Canaries in a very tense encounter. With both teams trying to get a foot hold on the game, it was Marchand’s midfielder Jordan St.Ange who broke the deadlock with a text book finish in the 15th minute. Canaries piled on the pressure which paid off late in the 2nd half where Rashid Duncan of Canaries pounced on a goal keeping error by Abraham Mentor to score that goal they so needed. Mc Zerious Nicholas of Canaries was expelled late in the match after receiving two yellow cards. At the end of regular and extra time, the score was still 1 – 1, penalty kicks ensued where Canaries held their nerves and won 6-5.
In semifinal number two, defending champions Vieux Fort South were up against Gros Islet, a match which offered so much in the buildup, was a bit disappointing. The defending champions never came out of second gear as it wasn’t needed. Vieux Fort South won comfortably 2 nil, goal scorers in the match Kern Joseph from the penalty spot and Antonio Joseph deep in the second half. Gros Islet was totally outplayed, whilst Vieux Fort south displayed their superiority.
The finals are now set, for 7th October 2017 at the Daren Sammy Cricket Ground, where Marchand will come up against Gros Islet in the 3rd place playoff at 6:30 pm and the grand finals at 8:30 pm defending champions Vieux Fort South versus Canaries.