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VETERANS PLATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Quarterfinal Round this Weekend

THE participating teams that have qualified for the quarterfinal stage of the Caribbean Alliance Gold Cup and Plate Championship in the 2019-2020 Veterans in Sports (VISI) Inc. Football Tournament had a welcome break to fine tune their preparation to allow remedial work to take place on the playing surface at the Phillip Marcellin Ground (PMG) in Vieux Fort.

According to the organizers, the showpiece resumes with two double headers in the Plate Championship this coming weekend (Saturday 18th/ Sunday 19th) at the La Ressource Playing Field (Mabouya Valley).

Image: (L-R) Western teams Canaries and Choiseul will look to qualify for semifinal spots for the first time. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Western teams Canaries and Choiseul will look to qualify for semifinal spots for the first time. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

On Saturday, from 6.00 p.m. Canaries Veterans takes on Labowee Connexions and at 8.00 p.m. home team Valley Legends will do battle against a much improved Mon Repos Sharks team.

How the four teams made it to that stage of the tournament

Canaries 2 versus Valley Ledgens 2; Canaries 3 versus Labowee Veterans 1; Canaries 2 versus Micoud Veterans 1; Canaries 0 versus Soufriere Veterans 1.

Labowee Connexions 0 versus Flow Lancers FC 4; Laborie Connexions 3 versus Vieux Fort South 0; Labowee Connexions 0 versus Mon Repos Sharks 1; Labowee Connexions 0 versus All Blacks Dennery 2.

Valley Ledgens 2 versus Canaries Veterans 2; Valley Ledgens 1 versus Soufriere Veterans 1; Valley Veterans 0 versus Laborie Veterans 1; Valley Veterans 4 versus Micoud Veterans 0.

Mon Repos Sharks (MRS) 0 versus All Blacks Dennery 2; MRS 1 versus Labowee Connexions 0; MRS 1 versus Vieux Fort South 0; MRS 0 versus Flow Lancers FC 0.

Final points coming out of the preliminary round: Canaries 7; Mon Repos Sharks 7; Valley Ledgens 5 and Labowee Connexions 3.

Image: (L-R) Valley Ledgens set to take on Mon Repos. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Valley Ledgens set to take on Mon Repos. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

Goal scorers to date for the respective teams: (Canaries Veterans) Shawn St Omer 4, CantiusJn Baptiste 2, Stephen Octave 1; for Labowee Connexions Keyseling Holder 1, Nathan James 1, Cleva Charles 1; for Valley Ledgens Anthony Matthew 2, Haze Marcel 2, Spencer Smith 1, Cornelius Oculie 1; for Mon Repos Sharks Andrew Wilson 1, Curtis Smith 1.

The following day, from 5.00 p.m, Choiseul Veterans takes on Vieux Fort North, while Congorians play former Gold Cup champions Caricom Masters at 7.00 p.m.

Qualifying scores
Choiseul 1 versus Marchand Veterans 4; Choiseul 2 versus Gros Islet 5; Choiseul 2 versus Congorians 2; Choiseul 3 versus Prophets and Kings 2.

Vieux Forth North (VFN) 2 versus Central Vieux Fort 2; VFN 2 versus VSADC 0; VFN 0 versus Anse La Raye 2; VFN 2 versus Caricom Masters 0.

Congorians 1 versus Marchand Veterans 2; Congorians 0 versus Prophets and Kings 0; Congorians 2 versus Choiseul Veterans 2; Congorians 1 versus Gros Islet 6.

Caricom Masters 2 versus Central Vieux Fort (CVF) 3; Caricom Masters 2 versus VFN 0; Caricom Masters 1 versus Anse La Raye 2; Caricom Masters 3 versus VSADC 0.

Final points coming out of the preliminary round: Caricom Masters 6; Choiseul 4; VFN 4 and Congorians 2.

Image: (L-R) Caricom Masters and Vieux Fort North in the hunt for a semifinal berth. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)
(L-R) Caricom Masters and Vieux Fort North in the hunt for a semifinal berth. (PHOTO: Anthony De Beauville)

Goal scorers to date for the respective teams: (Choiseul Veterans) Desmond Alfred 3, Didacus Peterson 1, Webster Stanislaus 1, Dave Medard 1, Huggings Nicholas 1; for VFN Dwayne Edward 2, Kirtis Popo 1, Wayne Theodore 1; for CongoriansFaustin Joseph 1, Terrance Joseph 1, Claude St Romain 1, Augustus Alcee; for Caricom Masters Ansgar Herman 2, Watari Nelson 1, Mathius Jules 1, Marcellinus Ernest 1, Vitalis Jervis 1.

Veterans in Sports Inc. CEO Alvin Malaykhan spoke to the VOICE about this weekend’s showdown in the Valley. Malaykhan noted, “The 2019/2020 VISI Football Tournament will resume after a well-deserved break. We are down to the 16 teams, with eight teams battling for the prestigious Caribbean Alliance Gold Cup and the other eight battling for the Plate Championship. This weekend is about the Plate Championship as we kick off what we’re hoping will be a spectacular weekend.”

He added, “All four matches on the cards this weekend should be very interesting as any of the teams on show could have won the main championship. Kicking off the Knock Out will be Canaries Veterans taking on Labowi Connexions. Then the prime time; a treat for the Valley will be their home team taking on a much improved Mon Repos Sharks team.

According to Malaykhan, “On Sunday there’s even more action with Choiseul with some really exciting players taking on an aggressive Vieux Fort North team. The final matchup will see former champions Caricom Masters trying to secure a place in the semifinal stage as they take on Congorians.”

From the account of the VISI CEO, the stage is set for an exciting kickoff filled with lots of prizes and giveaways!

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