The Sugar Boys FC were crowned the BVI Football Association’s Festival Cup Champions after MVP Derol Redhead scored a winner late in the first half of their match against Lion Heart FC.
The Boys walked away with 2-1 victory at the East End/Long Look National Stadium on Tuesday, August 4.
Although the newcomers, Lion Heart, were playing in their first-ever final, they matched the Boys from Virgin Gorda virtually kick-for-kick. The two sides were inseparable after Sheldon Brown equalized for Lion Heart in the 13th minute, following Terrence Nanton’s 10th-minute opener.
Not for the first time, Redhead showed up when it mattered most and netted what proved to be the winner.
“It means a lot,” said Redhead, whose goal also earned him a share of the Golden Boot Trophy alongside teammate Norman Hernandez.
The second half saw no further goals and Lion Heart skipper Dwayne Smith was left to rue not putting the Boys under more pressure.
BVIFA President, Andy Bickerton presented the awards which — apart from the trophy and a winner’s cheque for $4,000 dollars — also included a runners-up check for $2,000, the Fair Play Trophy claimed by the Sugar Boys, and the Golden Glove Trophy, which went to Lindell Williams of the Sugar Boys.
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