Football: Barclays league division one-St Louis Suns thrash LightStars, La Passe and Anse Reunion win,St Michel draw with Dynamo


St Louis Suns v LightStars

Action from the St Louis Suns/LightStars encounter (Photo: R. Jean-Louis)

St Louis Suns were missing captain Trevor Poiret, Denis Barbé and Nadim Lucas but still had too much firepower and experience for LightStars, especially in stand-in captain Mervin Mathiot who had a great game.

St Louis Suns got off to a good start as they took the lead in the seventh minute when Fabien Cadeau centred in the penalty area and LightStars goalkeeper Romeo Barra spilled the ball to Brian Dorby who fired it home to make it 1-0.

Three minutes later, Jean-Paul Aglaé picked out Elijah Tamboo whose strong shot was blocked by goalkeeper Barra.
St Louis Suns were rampant and in the 15th minute captain Mathiot led a counter to Tamboo who released Dorby who then fed Radley Melanie, but he blazed his shot wide in a good scoring position.

LightStars had a half chance in the 19th minute as Shaun Larue crossed to Senky Vidot whose volley sailed on the crossbar. But the Praslin team had to readjust their defence as they brought in Bertrand Esther for Marlon Dugasse.

Midway in this half, Jonathan Bibi picked out captain Mathiot who looked offside but was not given. Mathiot’s cross should have resulted in a goal but Melanie shot over from close range.

In the 27th minute, Melanie played a curling free-kick to Tamboo but he failed to head home a clear opportunity.

St Louis Suns went further ahead in injury time as Tamboo linked up with Bibi who slipped a pass to the overlapping captain Mathiot. LightStars waited for an offside call but Shaun Barbé had covered and Mathiot burst through to round Barra and make it 2-0 as LightStars protested for an offside.

St Louis Suns continued where they had left off in the second half as in the 49th minute captain Mathiot chased a long ball to centre in the danger zone and the ball deflected off Bertrand Esther for an own goal to make it 3-0.

LightStars scored a consolation goal in the 72nd minute as St Louis Suns lost concentration to allow Malagasy Mario Ravo to dent into the penalty area. Ravo cut back to Jan Vel who fired the ball past goalkeeper Joel Lesperance to make it 3-1
St Louis Suns though were not to be outdone as they restored their three-goal lead in the 75th minute as Mathiot broke forward to link up with Dorby whose teasing cross was volleyed home by Melanie to make it 4-1.

A minute later, St Louis Suns made it 5-1 though it appears that Mathiot may have been in an offside position but it was not signaled. Mathiot raced clear to skip past Barra and shot into the net despite a defender’s desperate attempt to clear.
In the 80th minute, Mathiot released Tamboo to add to the scoreline, but Barra blocked his shot but St Louis Suns ran out easy winners.

St Louis Suns’ coach Gregov Mladen told Sports Nation it was another good performance by his team despite the absence of some key players.
As for LightStars’ Malagasy coach Alison Jean said their opponents had surprised them with the first two goals. But he felt his team performed slightly better than against Anse Reunion though he wants to reinforce with experienced players.

Esther strikes for La Passe

La Passe snatched three precious points on Praslin against Côte d’Or on Saturday at the Amitié playing field.
Former LightStars striker Renick Esther scored the all-important goal in the second half to help La Passe win 1-0.

Roderick Rose scores Anse Reunion’s winner

Roderick Rose scored a penalty in the second half to lead La Digue-based Anse Reunion to a 1-0 victory on home soil.
Malagasy player/coach Jocelyn was brought down in the second half and Roderick Rose stepped up to score the only goal of the match.

Maria double earns Dynamo draw against St Michel

Defending champions St Michel were once again held to a draw – 2-2 – by Northern Dynamo in a first division league encounter played on Friday at Stad Linite.

It was St Michel’s second draw in two matches and it’s a result that did not go down well with their supporters.

However, St Michel played much better than against Côte d’Or the previous weekend as they had reshuffled their squad with Nigel Freminot ………suspended. Gino Agathine moved into central defence and Samuel Henriette came in at right back while Andy Mougal and Marcus Labiche, their savior against Côte d’Or, were in the starting line-up.

Mougal almost created the first goal of the match in the second minute as he centred to Labiche who got the finest of touches but the ball went wide.

In the ninth minute, St Michel again threatened from captain Don Anacoura’s teasing cross but this time Mougal headed off target in a good position.

Dynamo also had a decent opportunity in the 26th minute as a quick break found Marcus Maria in a good position but his shot was just turned into corner by goalkeeper Gino Melanie’s outstretched leg as the ball had deflected off a defender.

St Michel were still the better side and in the 28th minute, Mougal made space to shoot at goalkeeper Jules Monnaie but he dragged his shot across goal.

The league champions were rewarded for some good approach play just past the half hour mark as captain Anacoura released Malagasy Jean Del’Or Tsaralaza whose inch-perfect cross was headed home at the near post by Labiche for a 1-0 lead.

In the 38th minute, St Michel committed defensive suicide as Henriette and Henny Dufresne got entangled to leave the ball to Maria who bore on goal to round goalkeeper Melanie to drill the ball into an empty net to make it 1-1.

It was a bad mistake by the St Michel defence and it was not helped as at that time Agathine was receiving treatment on the sideline after having collided with Steve Henriette.

A minute later, Dynamo nearly took the lead from Francis Moumou’s curling cross which was met by captain Evans Télémaque’s glancing header and the ball rolled agonisingly wide.

St Michel started the second half in top gear and in the 57th minute Allen Larue threaded a pass to Labiche whose shot was well blocked by Monnaie.

St Michel continued to press and in the 61st minute captain Anacoura’s corner was cleared to Dufresne on the penalty area but his fierce drive sailed over the crossbar.

Two minutes later, St Michel’s Nelson Laurence scored a fantastic goal which surely will be a contender for goal of the season as it was really a beauty. There appeared to be little danger when Laurence rolled on the ball from 35 metres out to avoid a tackle but then let fly a superb strike which had goal written all over it. The ball crashed into the roof of the net leaving Monnaie nowhere near for a 2-1 score.

St Michel should have extended their advantage in the 73rd minute as captain Anacoura spread a pass to Malagasy Tsaralaza who back-heeled to the galloping Larue whose teasing cross flew across goal but Mougal could not direct it on target.

At the other end a minute later, Dynamo’s substitute Jean-Alain Valentin centred to the unmarked captain Télémaque whose flick should have ended in the net but somehow it rolled inches off the far post much to the relief of the St Michel defenders.

Dynamo though drew level in the 78th minute as Moumou linked up with Maria who cut inside to elude a couple of tackles and drilled the ball into the near post for a 2-2 scoreline.

Maria had a decent chance to get a hat-trick in the 81st minute as he latched onto a ball over the St Michel defence but Agathine managed to halt him as the Dynamo striker injured himself and had to be replaced.

Dynamo reinforced their defence as they kept St Michel’s desperate attempt to win the match at bay.
Dynamo’s coach Cliff Nolin told Sports Nation his team gave a good account of themselves.

“We did not only defend but matched them in all departments and I am pleased with the result,” coach Nolin said.
As for the St Michel’s manager Andrew Jean-Louis he was obviously disappointed with the result.

“We had lots of possession especially in the first half but a lack of concentration cost us two goals. We are disappointed with the result as we feel at times our players are too casual and this cost us the points. We need to work harder to improve our results,” said manager Jean-Louis.

R. J-L.

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