Wolues fend off Islanders, 3-2, for 1st BVIFA league title

Wolues won their first BVI Football Association league title with a 3-2 win over eight time champions Islanders.

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway.

Reigning President’s Cup champions Wolues fended off eight times BVI Football Association league champions Islanders, 3-2, and laid claim to their first title on Sunday in Greenland.

Captain Phil Nelson put Wolues on top in the fourth minute and Kieran Bown made it 2-0 in the 39th and into halftime.

Oswort Holder got Islanders on the board in the 51st then Antonio Rodney equalized the game at 2-2 in the 60th. Six minutes later, Alexander Edwards beat his Islanders defender, to place the ball to the right of diving goalkeeper Akeem Paddy for a 3-2 score in the 66th, then held Islanders scoreless through regulation and stoppage time.

“Just a fantastic achievement really. We’ve been working so hard this year. It’s a combination of many years of a great squad, a great team and we’re very pleased to have won it,” Coach Nick Messum told Island Sun Sports, noting that they didn’t give up when Islanders tied the game in the 66th. “We just didn’t give up. We reorganized in the second half, went 4-3-3, got another goal and really just held on. They had lots of chances, but I think we’ve been the better team this season.”

Islanders Coach Fitzroy Daley said they started off shaky, then got into the game. “I think the bearing of the game could have been better in terms of refereeing—I’m not going to blame it on the referee totally—but they made some calls in crucial stages that determined the outcome of the game,” he said. “Well done to Wolues, they played well. They came out, did what they had to do, they did the job and we lost the game.”

Islanders—who were seeking their 9th league title—won 12 straight games, changing their way and style of play, Daley noted.

“We’re coming together as a team, we’re playing good football, so that’s where it is right now,” he said.

Despite losing the title, Daley said they’re keeping their heads up after a well played game heading to the President’s Cup.

“We’re going into the knockout stages of the cup and I think we have a good chance of getting it there,” he said.

Winning the league title and retaining the President’s Cup, Messum said, would show how well they’ve been playing.

“If we could do that, it’s not going to be easy,” he noted. “Islanders have come up in the second half of the season. Sugar Boys, VG United, One Love, Lion Heart, they’re all capable of playing, but if we win, then we deserve it.”

Elsewhere, in search of a President’s Cup spot, reigning league champs One Love, overpowered Old Madrid, 4-1. Brent Bowerman scored in the 5th and 47th. Alicse Savory added goals in the 8th and Latriel Williams in the 47th. Nano Ottley had Old Madrid’s goal in the 59th.

Levon Williams had a hat trick in leading VG United to a 7-0 whitewash of Rebels. Williams scored in the 3rd, 27th and 53rd. Joel Mars had a brace in the 45th and 74th while Jaadon Quashie scored in the 58th and Devin Jones rounded out the scoring in stoppage time.