Football: Sunkiss’d division two and three round-up-Battle for top positions intensifies


29-April-2005

Athletico Juniors, one of the best teams in the second division last year and who challenged Survivors and Baie Ste Anne 96ers for promotion to the top flight, are leading the pack.

Unbeaten in three games with wins over Anse Etoile (4-3), Northern Dynamo (1-0) and Foresters (3-2), Athletico Juniors, coached by former Seychelles left-footed midfielder Patrick Pool, have maximum nine points.

The Port Glaud-based team, with players Revens Hortere, Dave Serret, Sam Sophie, Eddie Samedi and Selwyn Hoareau, have scored eight goals and conceded five.

Mont Buxton are currently second with six points after two wins and a defeat. In third place are Foresters also with six points but they have a record of two wins and two defeats.

Relegated from the first division at the end of last season, Plaisance have a win and a draw in two games for four points, the same total as fifth-placed Beau Vallon who have played two matches more, winning one, drawing another and losing the other two.

Losers to Survivors in the first division playoffs, Northern Dynamo find themselves in sixth position with just three points following a win over Foresters. Their defeat came against leaders Athletico Juniors.

Also on three points are Arsu and 2004 division three champions The Lions who are finding it a little hard to cope with their new environment with a win and a defeat in two games.

Anse Etoile and Takamaka-based South Olympic are the two teams without a win in three games and they both have a point from a maximum nine.

Interestingly, Beau Vallon have scored the most goals – 12 – and conceded the highest – 14.

With four goals, Plaisance have the worst attack but share the best defence with The Lions after letting in just three goals.

Cable & Wireless lead division three

Cable & Wireless, winners of the 2004 Central League, have shown their intention early with three wins and a draw in four games for 10 points.

David Bédier and company started the season by walking over Rovers who have merged with Bel Air, but were held to a 1-1 draw by Western Tigers.

In each of their other two games, the boys of coach Alain Silva have scored three times in wins over St John Bosco (3-2) and English River (3-1).

Right on Cable & Wireless’ heels with nine points are Agrics who have collected three wins and a loss.

Three teams – third-placed St Francis, fourth-placed St John Bosco and fifth-placed Anse Kerlan – are locked on seven points after two wins and a defeat each in four games played. They are separated by goal difference.

Western Tigers are occupying sixth place with five points, two more than Forest Youth and St Roch who are in eighth and ninth positions.

Winless Rovers and English River have a battle on their hands as they both have just one point.
 
G. G.

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