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PRESS RELEASE – Defending champions Canaries, Three time former champions Dennery, 2013 losing finalist Babonneau and Marchand have all qualified for the quarter finals of the 2015 BLackheart/SLFA Knockout Football Tournament which kicked off at the weekend at the Beausejour Cricket Ground.
The Tournament kicked off Saturday with the march pass of the participating teams with Vieux Forth North, Laborie and Soufriere not showing up for the march pass.
After a short opening ceremony the action got going with the Castries derby where Marchand had a convincing three goals to nil win over Central Castries who were last year’s losing finalist.
For Marchand their goal scorers were Shadrach Henry in the 1st minute of the encounter, Valdez Maximin in the 22nd and Jamal Paul in the 55th minute.
In the second match Saturday night defending champions Canaries booked their place into the next stage of the tournament with a hard fought one goal to nil win over La Clery with an Antoine Wilfred goal in the 14th minute of the encounter.
Yesterday Babonneau edged out Laborie one goal to nil with a goal from Shan Constantine in the 17th minute of the encounter .
The scoreline could have been greater but Babonneau squandered a number of easy scoring opportunities and in the final match last evening former three time champions Dennery clinically dispatched Anse La Raye the Play off champions for 2015 Four Goals to one in a match which became very physical in the second half of the encounter.
Five yellow cards and three red cards were issued by Referee Sabina Kirton in the encounter with Mc Arthur Louis and Cyran St.Croix of Anse La Raye and Donovan Sealy of Dennery being showed red cards.
Dennery were led to victory with goals from Ridel Stanislaus in the 18th and 61st minutes, Marlon Gilbert in the 33rd minute and Marvin Joseph in the 87th minute.
National Cricketer and police officer Ked Cadasse scored a consolation goal for Anse La raye in the 69th minute.
The Anse La Raye team and their supporters in the crowd were incensed after an incident in the first half when they thought they had scored but the opportunity which they thought had crossed the line was waved off by the officials which caused the players to display a poor attitude the rest of the game until it’s conclusion.
The tournament takes a two day break today and tomorrow and resumes Wednesday evening with another two matches at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds in Vieux Fort.
From 6.00 p.m. Vieux Fort North vs Roseau Valley and at 8.00 p.m. Vieux Fort South plays South Castries.