Barclays league division on-St Louis Suns win, La Passe and Côte d’Or keep pace


On the same day on Praslin, Côte d’Or defeated Anse Reunion 4-2 while on La Digue, La Passe kept pace with St Michel with a 3-1 win over LightStars. On Friday, Malagasy Branli Zizi netted a hat-trick as St Francis thrashed Quincy 5-0.

St Louis Suns v Northern Dynamo

St Louis Suns started brightly and in the second minute Malagasy Jules Rapiera wriggled his way past a couple of tackles but his shot was easily saved by Dynamo goalkeeper Jules Monnaie.

Mathiot (foreground) netted St Louis Suns’ winnerSt Louis Suns should have taken the lead in the eighth minute when Rapiera played a superb through ball to Mervin Mathiot but he failed to score with his lob which sailed wide.

In the 10th minute, Dynamo’s Steve Henriette fired wide a decent chance from Collin Tirant’s long back which Malagasy Asman Todisoa had flicked in his path.

Four minutes later, Jean-Alain Valentin also missed the target after he met captain Evans Télémaque’s assist.

St Louis Suns were hard done by referee Kierens Yocette in the 20th minute when Congolese Jonathan Mbanze was fouled by Steve Henriette for a clear penalty. But the official was not convinced and Mbanze had to be replaced with a braised ankle and was even taken to hospital.

Despite playing with 10 men as Carlos Nourrice was preparing to come on, St Louis Suns put together a sweeping move in the 25th minute with captain Denis Barbé linking up with Mathiot who released Trevor Poiret but he shot wide.

Dynamo’s Marcus Maria came close to breaking the deadlock in the 38th minute as he was allowed to turn and his shot had to be tipped over by goalkeeper Elvis Leopold.

In the 43rd minute, St Louis Suns’ Fabien Cadeau and Poiret exchanged passes to lay the ball on a plate to substitute Nourrice but he was slow to react in front of goal.

St Louis Suns took a decisive step to win the match as they scored in the 52nd minute. Poiret released the overlapping Malagasy Rapiera who centered to Mathiot who drilled the ball home to make it 1-0.

Nourrice should have extended St Louis Suns’ advantage in the 57th minute as Steven Constance played a through ball to him but he missed the target.

St Louis Suns again went close in the 62nd minute as Travis Lawrence played a long back to Poiret who controlled it well but shot across goal.

St Louis Suns had to replace goalkeeper Leopold with a leg injury and Jalyl Servina came on, and later Damien Maria limped off and Jean-Paul Aglaé replaced him as Dynamo tried to redress the balance.

However, St Louis Suns should have sealed off the victory in the 88th minute as Mathiot set up Poiret whose fierce low shot was well saved by goalkeeper Monnaie.

La Passe v LightStars

La Passe kept pace with St Michel as they defeated struggling LightStars 3-1 on La Digue on Saturday.
Malagasy Tholix Jean opened the scoring in the first half but former La Passe player Andrew Jean who has returned to LightStars levelled matters at 1-1.
However, Fagnorena restored La Passe’s lead to make it 2-1 at half-time. Former LightStars’ striker Rennick Esther made sure of the win as he got on the score-sheet in the second half to guarantee all the points for his team.

Côte d’Or v Anse Reunion

Côte d’Or continued their impressive run as they won 4-2 against Anse Reunion on Saturday at the Amitié Stadium.
Anse Reunion had taken the lead through Yelvanny Rose with a header to make it 1-0, but Dine Suzette equalised for Côte d’Or before Marlon Sophola gave them a 2-1 half-time advantage.
Collin Esther stretched Côte d’Or’s lead from the penalty spot and Suzette scored his second personal goal to put his team 4-1 up.
With his second goal of the match, Yelvanny Rose gave the scoreline a more credible look at 4-2.

St Francis v Quincy

Malagasy Branli Zizi scored a hat-trick as St Francis registered a rare win in the league against a toothless Quincy side, thumping their opponents 5-0 on Friday at Stad Linite.
Ryan Antat gave his team the lead in the 13th minute and Malagasy Branli Zizi added a second goal in the 36th minute to make it 2-0. Antat made it 3-0 before half-time as Quincy struggled to get into the match.
Branli Zizi scored two more goals late in the match. His second of the game came in the 81st minute and he completed his hat-trick in the 87th minute for a 5-0 scoreline.

R. J-L.