FOLLOWING remedial work on the playing surface at the Phillip Marcellin Grounds (PMG), Veterans in Sports Inc. (VISI) and football fans return to that facility this weekend for four exciting quarterfinal matchups dubbed “Big Boys Showdown for the Caribbean Alliance Gold Cup”.
Today (Saturday 25th) from 6.00 p.m., Soufriere Veterans will take on last year’s losing finalist Flow Lancers FC.
In the second match of the evening, Laborie Veterans plays All Blacks – Dennery at 8.00 p.m.
How the four teams made it to the quarterfinal round
Qualifying scores: Soufriere Veterans (SV) 1 Micoud Veterans 1; SV 1 versus Valley Ledgens 1; SV 1 Laborie Veterans 1; SV1 versus Canaries 0.
Flow Lancers FC (FLFC) 5 Vieux Fort South 0; FLFC 0 All Blacks Dennery 0; FLFC 4 Labowie Connexions 0; FLFC 0 Mon Repos Sharks 0.
Laborie Veterans (LV) 1 Valley Ledgens 1; LV 1 Soufriere Veterans 1; LV 4 Micoud Veterans 0; LV 1 Canaries Veterans 3.
All Blacks – Dennery (ABD) 0 versus Flow Lancers FC 0; ABD 2 Mon Repos Sharks 0; ABD 2 Labowie Connexions 0; ABD 2 Vieux Fort South 0.
Final points coming out of the preliminary round: Soufriere 8; Flow Lancers FC 8; Laborie Veterans 7; All Blacks – Dennery 10.
Goal scorers to date for the respective teams: (Soufriere Veterans) Jerome Serville 2, Augustus Lucien 2. (Flow Lancers FC) Nigel Springer 1, Trevor Daniel 1, Anthony Paul 1, Wendel Prescott 1. (Laborie Veterans) Don Tommy 3, Kentus Auguste 2, Julius Mentor 1, Harvey Ettiene 1. (All Blacks – Dennery) Mogabie Polius 3, Elicous Prospere 1.
On Sunday 26th, from 5.00 p.m., the excitement is expected to rise a few notches when Marchand Veterans clash with Anse la Raye Veterans.
The most talked about encounter on the weekend card dubbed a “North versus South” rivalry, will kick off at 7.00 p.m. when Central Vieux Fort takes on Gros Islet Veterans.
Qualifying scores: Marchand Veterans (MV) 4 Choiseul Veterans 1; MV 2 Congorians 1; MV1Prophets and Kings 0; MV1 Gros Islet 1.
Anse la Raye Veterans (ALRV) 2 Vieux Fort North 0; ALRV 1 VSADC 1; ALRV 2 Caricom Masters 1; ALRV 3 Central Vieux Fort 2.
Central Vieux Fort (CVF) 3 VSADC 1; CVF 3 Caricom Masters 2; CVF 2 Vieux Forth North 2; CVF 2 Anse la Raye 3.
Gros Islet Veterans (GIV) 2 Prophets and Kings 0; GIV 5 Choiseul Veterans 2; GIV 6 Congorians 1; GIV 1 Marchand Veterans 1.
Final points coming out of preliminary round: Marchand 10, Anse la Raye Veterans 10, Gros Islet Veterans 10, Central Vieux Fort 7.
Goal scorers to date for the respective teams: (Marchand Veterans) Marlon Desir 3, Cleo Desir 1, Darnell Poyotte 1, Alvin Xavier 1. (Anse la Raye Veterans) Cornelius Adjodha 2, Anderson Fedee 2, Mervin St. Croix 2, Deon Francis 1, Greenidge Bishop 1. (Central Vieux Fort) Leyton Sandiford 2, Sheldon Mark 1, Joel Charles 1, David Charles 1,Wilbur Moffat 1, Dwayne Edward 1, Kirtis Popo 1. (Gros Islet Veterans) Ian Thomas Veterans) Ian Thomas 3, Troy Serieux 3, Everton Regis 2, Roger Celestin 2, Rafferty Noelien 1, Peter George 1.
Veterans in Sports Inc. CEO Alvin Malaykhan spoke to the VOICE about this weekend’s “Big Boys Showdown” at the PMG noting, “This weekend is going to be epic, with dream matchups. What’s exciting is that for the first year there are no clear cut favourites. Former champions Soufriere Veterans taking on Flow Lancers; Laborie Veterans taking on All Black – Dennery. No one can truly predict who is going to be in the semifinal.
“On Sunday in the first encounter we have Marchand taking on Anse la Raye; both teams play really good and aggressive football and again, anyone can win,” he added.
“The matchup which really stands out for me is Gros Islet Veterans taking on Central Vieux Fort; two really exciting teams to watch,” he said. “Central Vieux Fort may have the edge as they are playing at home, but the pace, energy and technical skills of Gros Islet will be something to contend with.”
From the account of the VISI CEO, it will be exciting this weekend, one way or the other, and all throughout the games there will be giveaways.