The Sugar Boys beat Islanders Football Club 1-0 to win the President’s Cup in front a relatively large crowd at the A O Shirley Recreational Ground in Tortola on Sunday, February 12.
The win is a redemption of sorts for Sugar Boys that previously finished second in the National League Championship, which was won by Islanders.
The Islanders took home $5,000 as National League Champion, while the Sugar Boys pocketed $1,000 as President’s Cup Winner.
In the finals of the President’s Cup on Sunday, the only goal came from Terry Nanton in the 75th minute.
He appeared unmarked at the far post to head home a loose ball, which had eluded Monty Butler and Nano Ottley.
Both teams put on a display to thrill the crowd and give the new President’s Cup a tremendous debut on the calendar of the BVI Football Association, which continually looks to improve the competitive nature of domestic football.
Chances went begging at both ends of the field throughout the pulsating encounter, with Kevin Fisher and Rohan Lennon both off-target for the Islanders.
Mohammed Kachour and Allon Williams were also guilty of wasting clear-cut goal attempts.
The midfield was also filled with incidents and intrigue, with many challenges proving the intense rivalry between the two teams.
Fisher and Jahzeel Castillo were left in no doubt how tough things were going to be – as were Nanton, McGraw Baptiste and Akeem Hendrikson.
At the final whistle, Nanton was breathless and struggling to contain his joy at beating the old foe in another cup final. “I don’t even know how to explain how I feel; I’m just so happy,” he said.
The coach of the Islanders was more philosophical, saying: “We came in with some injuries and fatigue, which cost us. But, at the end of the day, congratulations to the Sugar Boys; they played well, fought hard, and deserved the 1-0 win.”
The National League and Presidents Cup Trophy presentation included awards to Phillip Jules from Panthers Football Club for being named Youth Player of the Season, Maxcell Dabreo from Rebels Football Club who received the Golden Glove, Kevin Fisher from Islanders who received the Golden Boot, Ranalie Caines from Islanders who was declared Player of the Month, and Richard Morgan from One Love Football Club who is the league’s MVP.
Flow also presented phones to the individual winners.
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