Football: Barclays league division one-Waye-Hive scores hat-trick as St Michel sweep aside St Roch


It all happened when Porice had disagreed with a penalty awarded by referee Jean-Claude Labrosse and was shown a red card for dissent. Porice approached the official and kicked out at him much to the disappointment of the fans who disapproved of such behaviour.

This incident overshadowed the match and surely the Seychelles Football Federation must take severe actions to protect the officials who do not deserve such treatment whatever the decision. More so the player even had a go at one of his team officials who had tried to calm him down and reason with.

Our local football must never tolerate such action and the authorities must act quickly to deal with this matter.
As for the match, St Michel were in total control once they got the early break in the second minute as Waye-Hive opened the scoring to make it 1-0.

From then on St Michel dominated proceedings and in the 10th minute, Malagasy Jean Del’Or Tsaralaza attempted an acrobatic bicycle kick from Dereck Agathine’s pass but it lacked power to trouble goalkeeper Julio Toulon.

Three minutes later, Tsaralaza had an even better chance from his colleague Jimmy Radafison’s free-kick but his initial shot was pushed out. He got a second bite of the cherry but shot in the side-netting.

St Michel stretched their lead in the 16th minute with a quick counter-attack which Tsaralaza lobbed over St Roch’s defence to Leeroy Corallie who looked suspiciously offside but was not signaled. Corallie bore on goal to blast his shot past Toulon for a 2-0 lead.

St Michel were passing the ball around sweetly at times such as in the 43rd minute when Corallie, Tsaralaza and captain Don Anacoura combined to set up Waye-Hive who was in the clear but was wrongly signaled offside by assistant referee James Emile.

In the second half, St Michel again got an early goal in the 50th minute from captain Anacoura’s in-swinging free-kick which was met by Malagasy Radafison’s glancing header which found refuge in the far corner for a 3-0 score.

Two minutes later, St Michel opened up St Roch with some crisp passing but captain Anacoura shot the chance across goal.

On the hour mark, St Michel extended their lead as Waye-Hive latched onto a through ball but was brought down by Richard Guichard for a penalty which referee Labrosse rightly awarded. Waye-Hive picked himself up to smash the ball past Toulon to make it 4-0.

St Roch were really struggling to find their rhythm as St Michel were in firm control but substitute Andy Mougal twice failed to get on the score-sheet in the 72nd minute.

St Roch though improved slightly with the introduction of Steven Télémaque and in the 82nd minute, Dan Pharce picked out Malagasy Freddy Armand but the substitute missed a clear header with the goal begging.

In the 88th minute, Armand made amends after some good approach work by Télémaque who rode a couple of tackles before crossing to the Malagasy who beat substitute goalkeeper Gino Melanie at the near post to make it 1-4.

St Michel should have restored their four-goal cushion in the 90th minute from an inch-perfect cross by Waye-Hive but Tsaralaza and Mougal got in each other’s way with the goal at their mercy.

In injury time, controversy loomed as St Roch were harshly penalised when captain Nestor Benahovy tried to clear a ball and his foot caught Mougal who was battling for the ball. Referee Labrosse surprisingly penalised Benahovy and more so awarded a penalty much to the confusion of the spectators and anger of the St Roch players.

In the impending mêlée, Porice questioned the official’s decision and in the exchange of words, he was shown a red card. It was at this moment that Porice launched himself at referee Labrosse to hit him before he was pulled away by his teammates.

When calm was restored, Waye-Hive was assigned the penalty kick and he duly obliged, sending Toulon the wrong way to complete his hat-trick and round up the 5-1 scoring in a match which will be remembered for the wrong reasons.

R. J-L.