IT was a goal feast this past weekend in the town of Soufriere as 26 goals were scored in five matches played as the 2014 Veterans Football Tournament kicked off at the Mini Stadium.
The event is organized by Veterans in Sports Inc in association with Caribbean Alliance and the popular Blackheart Productions Sports and Entertainment.
The highlight of the weekend’s showpiece was a hat – trick scored by VSADC player Sean Kirton, a 7 – 0 whipping of Lancers FC and a 8 – 2 drubbing of Desruisseaux.
On day one of the tournament there was an eye catching opening ceremony with the march past of 11 out of the 16 participating teams, the national anthem, prayers and brief opening remarks from a representative of Peter and Company Cheryl Bailey Brand Manager for Dutch Lady, and Financial Controller of Caribbean Alliance Alvin Malaykhan who both shared similar sentiments in sponsoring the tournament.
On the field a play three matches were played. Dennery All Blacks captain by James Prospere hammered Lancers FC 7 – 0 despite having the likes of Gilroy Hall, Allan Hippolyte and Vilan Edward in goal. The half time score was 4 – 0.
The goal scorers for Dennery; No.14 Allan Moncherry 1st minute, No.10 Gordon Wilson 16th and 85th minute, No. 9 Timothy Emmanuel 34th and 66th minute, No. 13 Franklyn Dupiny 43rd minute and No.5 James Prospere in the 55th minute respectively.
Vieux Fort South with former national striker Titus Elva in their starting eleven had the better of Gros Islet Veterans 2 – 0, while Anse la Raye trounced new comers Desruisseaux 8 – 2 in a one sided affair.
The action continued on Sunday when defending champions VSADC came out firing in defence of their title with a 3 – 1 over Congorians in what can best be described as one of the better games thus far despite the soggy outfield. The experienced Sean Kirton scored the first hat – trick of the tournament, while home team Soufriere edged out Laborie 2 – 1, Tony Paul scoring both goals for the boys from the twin peak, while Justus St. Aime pulled one back for the visitors.
Meanwhile, all roads lead to the town of Gros Islet on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 when the Veterans’ showpiece continues with another round of matches in the tournament.