Following the reopening of the Sab Sporting Facility after extensive rehabilitation work, the Castries Football Council (CFC) kicked off their
season with a soccerama on Sunday.
During the brief opening ceremony, Chairman of the Castries CFC, Francis Daniel said: “Today represents the opening of our 2012 football season. What we are trying to do is hype up the league among the nine clubs. A lot of work was done to the field. I have to thank the curators under Martinus Avril for working tirelessly to make it happen.”
Commenting on the world’s most popular game Daniels said: “Of late it has taken a battering globally and regionally, but we do not think that has to reflect on the local sport. In Castries we are trying to do our part to assist the St Lucia Football Association in cleaning up the sport, by keeping drugs out of it and through good sportsmanship.”
For the Soccerrama, the participating clubs who are CFC Affiliates were divided into three groups of three leading to a semi-final, third place playoff and final. The clubs
who took tpart were VSADC, NYAH, Youthful Lancers FC, FC Pioneers, Valley Soccer, Agard SC, Police, Fire Service and Faux A Chaud.Valley Soccer won the Soccerama with a victory over 2011 Soccerama champs NYAH in the finals.
The CFC kicked off the season on Wednesday at the Sab Sporting Faciity, with Lancers FC going up against Agard SC.
The game was a tale of contrasting halves as ball possession was shared in the opening 45 minutes. However in the second half, Lancers stepped up their game. Their offence created several goal scoring opportunities but were foiled by the Agard custodian.
Finally in the 75th minute, a goal by Denver Harris broke the deadlock. Nine minutes later Harris struck again making it 2-0 following a goalkeeping error.
The victory for Lancers FC who were runners-up in last year’s tournament, earned them three points in the standings.
Action continues this weekend with doubleheaders on both days. On Saturday NYAH go up against Faux Chaud, followed by Fire Service Sports Clubtaking on Soccerama champions Valley Soccer. On Sunday, Agard SC square off against defending champions VSADC followed by Police entertaining the new look FC Pioneers.