Football: Barclays league division one-Anse Reunion deal blow to La Passe’s title hopes


On Mahe, Northern Dynamo edged Praslin side LightStars 3-2 at Stad Linite on the same day while on Friday St Roch surprised St Louis Suns.

Dynamo – LightStars

This game was quite entertaining as the two teams shared a five-goal thriller which unfortunately was also marred by poor officiating by referee Alix Bonne who struggled to handle this very physical match.

Malagasy Asman Todisoa heads home Dynamo’s third goal

Dynamo opened the scoring as early as the second minute as Francis Moumou capitalised on a mistake by Bertrand Esther to rob him of the ball. 

Moumou then flicked the ball with the outside of his boot in the far corner for a brilliant goal to make it 1-0.

Dynamo should have extended their lead in the 17th minute as they countered after a LightStars free kick was not well played. 

Steve Henriette galloped forward to set up captain Evans Telemaque who beat LightStars offside trap but his lob sailed over the cross bar with goalkeeper Basil Esther way off his line.
Dynamo’s goalscorer Moumou though had to be replaced in the 18th minute after a knee injury and had to be transported to hospital. 

As Dynamo decided on their next move and were down to ten, LightStars should have leveled matters in the 21st minute as Malagasy Sylvain pounced on a defensive error to play a crossfield pass to his colleague Mario Ravo.  Ravo, in a one on one situation with Dynamo goalkeeper Jules Monnaie, allowed the custodian to deflect his shot with his outstretched leg to divert the ball over the crossbar for a corner.

Dynamo though were the better side and in the 29th minute, LightStars’ captain Perry Nibourette was lucky to get away with a deliberate body check on Marcus Mario, who would have had a clear run on goal but referee Bonne failed to penalise the defender.

On the stroke of half time, Dynamo scored again after some good work by Steve Henriette who was playing as a left winger.  Henriette bore forward to send a teasing cross across goal to Maria who rammed the ball home for a 2-0 lead.

In the 38th minute, Dynamo threatened as Maria countered to release Daniel Maillet but he shot straight at goalkeeper Esther as LightStars rode their luck.

A minute later Dynamo scored a third from a curling free kick by Maria which was met by Malagasy Asman Todisoa, who headed home to make it 3-0 as LightStars’ defence stood flat-footed.

In the second half, it was a more entertaining match though Dynamo almost went further up in the 51st minute as Maria raced on a long ball but LightStars’ goalkeeper Esther was quick off his line to clear the danger.

LightStars were awarded a dubious penalty in the 53rd minute as Ravo burst through and went down in the penalty area under Ronny Hoareau’s tackle and referee Bonne pointed to the spot.

Malagasy Haja stepped up to fire into the roof of the net for a 1-3 score.

The goal spurred LightStars who had struggled in the first half and in the 55th minute, Ravo latched onto a through ball but he shot straight at goalie Monnaie to waste a good chance as he could have squared to Haja who was better placed than him.

In the 56th minute, LightStars were denied a blatant penalty when defender Hoareau clearly handled the ball in the box but referee Bonne again failed to blow his whistle as he did for several similar incidents in this second half.

LightStars cut the deficit in the 64th minute as Malagasy Sylvain combined with Haja who fed Ravo.  Ravo cut inside a defender to curl a beauty into the top corner for a 2-3 score.
The tension was now high as LightStars went in search of an equaliser and Dynamo tried to get a fourth goal.

In the 72nd minute, Henriette played a free kick over LightStars’ defence to Maria who bore on goal to round goalkeeper Esther but his cross was turned into corner by the retreating defence.

LightStars though were showing more urgency and in the 75th minute Ian Vel’s cross created havoc in Dynamo’s penalty area and the official decided to give an indirect free kick instead of a penalty as lightStars players went down in a heap under some strong challenge. 
Ravo rolled the ball to Sylvain but his shot was deflected into corner as Dynamo survived a scare.

In injury time, LightStars were again awarded a penalty after Hoareau was harshly adjudged to have fouled Bertrand Esther.  In fact referee Bonne blew his whistle after protest by the LightStars players but had to consult assistant referee Jason Damoo before awarding the penalty.

Haja was again assigned the spot kick but he amazingly shot wide, much to the relief of the Dynamo camp though their manager Clive Delorie had to be sent to the stands after he showed his anger with the officials for awarding this penalty which almost cost his team the victory.

The win propels Dynamo to fifth position while LightStars remain in the relegation zone with only six points and are in ninth place in the league standings.

Anse Reunion – La Passe

Anse Reunion recorded a sweet victory over their bitter rivals La Passe at the L’Union playing field on Saturday, putting a dent in the latter’s title hopes.

In fact it was two former La Passe players who were instrumental in this goal: Malagasy Hassan Ali floated a free kick to Yelvanny Rose, whose towering header ten minutes from time secured a famous 1-0 win for Anse Reunion.

It is to be noted that La Passe also dropped vital points in their previous match a week ago against Côte D’Or which ended in a goalless draw.

Cote D’Or – St Francis

Praslin side Côte D’Or secured a last gasp 2-1 win over St Francis at the Amitié pitch on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, the inspirational Malagasy Jean Tigana gave Côte D’Or the lead in the second period for 1-0.

However St Francis Nicolas Atala equalised midway in this half for a 1-1 score.

The game was heading for a draw but St Francis’ defender Malagasy Malamo Ducaud gave away a free kick as he was over indulging in possession.  Tigana floated the free kick in the box in the dying seconds of the match and there was defender Benoit Marie to score to give his team all the three points to maintain their fourth position in the league.


St Roch stun St Louis Suns

Struggling St Roch stunned St Louis Suns with a 1-0 win at Stad Linite on Friday evening.
St Louis Suns played the last twenty two minutes with ten men after Fabien Cadeau was sent off by referee Kierens Yocette for his second bookable offence.

This win must have come as a relief for this Northern Mahe side who was on a ten-match losing streak and deserved a change in fortune.  It was also coach Kenny Dubignon’s first win since he replaced coach Ralph Jean-Louis.

St Roch almost took the lead in the 25th minute after Nerick Athanase pounced on a mistake by Serge Asba but he failed to trouble goalkeeper Joel Lesperance.

St Louis Suns had even better chance in the 32nd minute as captain Denis Barbe released Kelly Nibourette who picked out Mervin Mathiot with an inch perfect cross but he somehow headed wide.

A minute later Mathiot burst through but instead of going for glory, he squared the ball and wasted a golden opportunity.

In the 37th minute, the match had to be stopped for a while as Lovens Calva chased a long ball and collided with goalkeeper Lesperance.  Calva however came out the worse with a blooded mouth as he ended on the St Louis Suns custodian’s elbow and had three loose teeth.  Calva had to be transported to hospital where he had immediate surgery.

As for goalkeeper Lesperance, he also had to go for medical treatment with a bruised elbow.

St Louis Suns gave a long awaited debut to their new Malagasy recruit Jules Rapiera in the second half and in the 56th minute, he threaded a pass to Mathiot but his shot produced a great save out of goalkeeper Julio Toulon.

Two minutes later St Roch shocked St Louis Suns from captain and Malagasy midfielder Nestor Benahovy as he floated a free kick into the St Louis Suns penalty area.  Substitute Ted Bistoquet got a head to the ball to direct it to Dan Pharce who easily tapped in past goalkeeper Elvis Leopold for a 1-0 lead.

As St Louis Suns pushed forward, St Roch’s Klaus Pragassen countered swiftly in the 62nd minute and was brought down by defender Steven Constance for a clear penalty but referee Yocette turned a blind eye.

However St Roch were let off the hook in the 66th minute by the official as he failed to send off Keddy Porice for a reckless tackle on Poiret after being booked earlier.  St Louis Suns’ Trevor Poiret showed his frustration with the official and was booked for dissent.

To add insult to injury, St Louis Suns were reduced to ten men in the 68th minute when Fabien Cadeau was shown a second yellow card for a dangerous foul on Brian Dorby and received his marching orders by referee Yocette, much to the disgust of the St Louis Suns’ supporters.

In the 70th minute, St Roch should have extended their advantage from Pragassen’s cross but Athanase headed way off target.

St Louis Suns almost leveled matters in the 73rd minute when captain Denis Barbe set up Damien Maria but he headed over the cross bar from close range.

St Louis Suns’ best chance to secure a point came in the 82nd minute as Trevor Poiret linked up with another new recruit Congolese Jonathan Mbanze who had come on in the 74th minute.  Mbanze looked odds on to score with a header but goalkeeper Toulon produced a point blank range world class save to deny the striker in his second spell in this league.

Deep in injury time, St Roch’s substitute Darrel Forte played a throw in to Bistoquet who rifled at goalkeeper Leopold, who just managed to push the ball onto the cross bar as the Bel Ombre-based team celebrated a rare win.



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