(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – After a successful hosting of its promotional league and northern zone youth league in the past two months the Castries Football Council kicked off its Castries Super League (CSL) on Saturday June 23 rd at the SAB playing field.
The opening match of the CLS featured Valley Soccer Club versus FC Pioneers. An interesting sub plot of this match was the return of Carson Bloaters Millar to the coaching bench of FC Pioneers after he previously quit the club to join the youth academy of Valley Soccer Club. FC Pioneers were coming into this match after having lost all of its matches in the double round robin promotional league and so they Valley Soccer team were confident of inflicting defeat on their former coach. However, this was not to be as national striker David Henry opened the scoring in the 11 th minute and Nick Longville made it 2 – 0 with a compose finish in the 30th minute of play to given FC Pioneers a 2 –0 lead heading into the half time of the match.
Valley Soccer Club attempted to regroup at the half time interval but could only muster a goal in the 70 th minute ensuring that Coach Millar had the satisfaction of beating his former club and most importantly ending a six-match losing streak for FC Pioneers.
In action on Sunday VSADC U21 played to a 1 – 1 draw with Flow Lancers FC. In a match where both teams attempted to build up play through the midfield there were no notable incidents until Flow Lancers FC were reduced to ten men mid-way in the first half. Going down by a man actually seemed to spur on Flow Lancers FC as they attempted to use right winger Lynch Isidore to penetrate the VSADC left flank. However, Isidore was met with stubborn and consistent restraint from VSADC U21 captain Giovanni Saltibus who repelled each Flow Lancers FC attack with determined defending. Flow Lancers FC eventually took the first half lead when a speculative right foot shot by left footed former national youth defender Simmons James looped over the diminutive VSADC U21 goal keeper Nathan Weekes.
At the resumption of play the VSADC U21 took control of the match thanks to intelligent play and incisive movement from current national U17 midfielder Simeon Francis. Flow Lancers FC countered with the introduction of their forty-year-old player coach Trevor
Crazy Daniel. However, Daniel’s presence could not stop Flow Lancers FC skipper Eli Ornaville from heading a well struck free kick from national U17 defender Benerero Wellington into his own net to level the scores. There were no other goals and so the teams had to share the points.
In the featured match of the weekend defending champions VSADC play newly crowned promotional league champions NYAH FC. The match failed to live up to the headline billing as neither team was able to sustain a noticeable pattern of play. The final 0-0 score was fitting end to a scrappy encounter.
The tournament takes a break this weekend as the Central Castries team is set to participate in the Coco Cola Cup on Thursday and Sunday. Action in the CFC CSL will resume on Saturday July 7 th 2018. Football lovers and the general public are all invited to the SAB to take in the action.