ST. GEORGE’S, June 11, 2016 – Defending Premier League Champions Hurricane Sports Club began their defense of the title with a 4-1 win over promoted Mt. Rich FC at the National Athletics Stadium on Friday evening in the second game of a double-header to kick start the 2016 Grenada Football Association (GFA) Premier League.
Mt. Rich were the early aggressors in the game and found the early chances but were unable to convert any.
Hurricane got the opportunity to go ahead in the 17′ of play when a penalty was awarded however Rickel Augustine was unable to convert as his shot went wide.
The champions kept pressing and were rewarded in the 22′ when Ryan Alexander netted home his first of what was a hat-trick for the night.
Alexander continued his attack on what was a shaky defense and netted home from close range in the 37′ to put his side up 2-nil.
Three minutes before the half, he completed his hat-trick off the assist from Ronel Frederick to send Hurricane into the half up 3-nil.
Mt. Rich pressed on resumption of the game and this paid off as Nel Millette found the target in the 61′ to pull one back 3-1.
The chances kept coming for both sides but it was Hurricane who had the final say as Moron Phillip netted in the 65′ to give his side a 4-1 advantage and that’s how the game ended.
Ryan Alexander was quite pleased with his performance in the opener and he expects a better performance for the rest of the season.
Assistant coach David Martin though happy with the win, he expected a much better performance from the team.
“We could do much better. I appreciate the 4-1 win because we played against a well coached team and well played team. But I think we need to convert more chances and we the coaches staff need to go back to the drawing board and do as much wok as we can do”.
Captain of Mt. Rich FC Lister James believes that poor preparation played a big role in his team’s loss.
“We tried well, had a lot of chances and didn’t convert it but we have a long season ahead and is looking forward to it.”
Meanwhile in the opening game, last season’s runner up Paradise FC International had a 4-3 win over newly promoted Gouyave FC (Sharks).
Wendell Rennie opened the scoring for Paradise when he netted in the 8′ before Saydrel Lewis made it 2-nil two minutes later.
Rennie completed his brace for the night when he got pass the keeper in the 18′.
On the stroke of half-time Clive Murray’s shot found the back of the net to send Paradise into the half up 4-nil.
Sharks began their come back in the second half lead by a brace from Kriston Julien who netted in the 71′ and 82′.
Captain Kacey Phillip pulled the Sharks within one on the stroke of full-time with a shot from the spot but there was no time left to possibly equalize.
4-3 the final score.
Captain/Coach of Paradise Jake Rennie was not happy with his team’s performance.
“I feel a bit disappointed with our performance. In the first half we did well we controlled the game and in the second half we let it go. I think the guys became complacent and relax a little. Gouyave played a better second half and made use of their chances.”
Gouyave FC’s coach Wayne Barry on the other hand was quite happy with they way his team performed in their first game of the “big league”.
“It just shows the class and talent of these young players in my care at the moment. I think there is a lot more of this and I look forward to the season.”
The Premier League continues on Saturday with St. John’s Sports Club taking on Fontenoy United at Cuthbert Peters Park beginning at 5:00 pm while on Sunday Queens Park Rangers will be home to Hard Rock FC at 4:00 pm.