A gorgeous day was this past Sunday.
The storm settled down and the sun even came out for a beauty of a day at Layritz Turf for the VISL Game of the Week.
This game was from the U-21 Division. This division was created to be a bridge for players leaving the youth League; for those players that were not quite ready for the Mens League. The intention to bridge the gap, buy the players some time to develop, then move to the Senior League where it was previously filled with superior players. As time has passed, more players have stayed in the U21 Division even though they could have graduated into the Senior ranks. This has made for a more competitive U21 Division to say the least. This year there are 6 teams in the Division looking to win the Fred Crossett trophy as top team. The MVP of the Division will be presented the Walter Craveiro trophy. Both guys were long time VISL members – eventually putting in lots of time as administrators.
The game itself – some would consider a bit of an upset. Mid Isle traveled down island and were undefeated. Led by Coach Craig Glennie (who was a long time VISL player himself) and Technical Director Bill Merriman, they were facing a newer team in Prospect Lake. Prospect Lake is being led by the Gomez family (Manny & Danny) and Rob Barbon. The team is a very young group of kids that look to be quite talented.
Both Keepers were tested early and often. It appeared as though Mid Isle would dictate the pace of this game as they had a lot of early possession and pressure. They had no goals to show for their hard work. Prospect Lake defended well and created some chances via counter attack – narrowly missing on several occasions. Half time came and it was tied 0-0. Mid Isle Keeper Rory Pluym was up for the challenge and played very well and was able to stay on after what appeared to be a serious injury. Not to be outdone, Prospect Lake Keeper Kevin Kissenger had to make several key saves to keep the score level.
The 2nd Half brought a goal at 53’. Substitute Tristan Austin found the back of the net after some good service from his central midfielders. 1-0 for Prospect Lake and the home fans were pretty loud. Shortly after the goal, Mid Isle looked to equalize, but an absolute cannon of a shot rang off the crossbar and stayed out. Play seemed to go back and forth nicely for the rest of the match with both teams creating chances, but unable to beat the Keepers. The Final whistle went and Prospect Lake was pretty happy in beating what was an undefeated team…..a team that has been very good over the past 3 years.
The only thing left to decide was the 1550’s game MVP. It was Kylan Barbon of Prospect Lake. He was a beast in the center of the park for Prospect Lake. An excellent work rate, solid defensive play, and superior distribution made the decision an easy one for the panel. Barbon was presented a gift certificate to 1550’s Restaurant as well as some promotional products from Molson & Heineken.
A great game and an excellent showing for the U21 division of the VISL!