ST. GEORGE, June 28, 2017 – Host Grenada had to settle for a draw in the second game of a double-header which kicked off the 2017 Windward Islands Football Association (WIFA) Men’s Tournament at the Kirani James Athletics Stadium on Wednesday.
The Spice Boys had to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw against Dominica.
Dominica opened the scoring in the 14′ of play when a defensive error by #21 Raymond Alleyne led to a goal by #7 Julian Wade (DOM).
Grenada had a chance to level the score in the 25′ when a foul was committed in the box however the penalty kick by #15 Irvin Smith was hit straight to the keeper.
The chances kept coming however a 44′ strike by #11 Shavon John-Brown was stopped by goal-keeper Glenson Prince.
Dominica 1, Grenada nil at the half.
Spice Boys pressed in the second half and was rewarded when #7 Rickson Phillip found the mark in the 74′ of play to equalize the score 1-1.
No one was able to pull ahead in the closing minutes of the game and so the score remained 1-1 and a share of the points.
In the opening game of the double-header, defending champions St. Vincent & the Grenadines were defeated 2-1 by St. Lucia.
Both teams squandered opportunities to score in the opening minutes of the encounter however none was able to get the go ahead goal which saw the first half ending goalless.
St. Lucia pressed on the second half and was rewarded in the 74′ of play when player #3 Danny Mullackey netted.
Five (5) minutes later Captain Kurt Frederick added his name to the score sheets when his shot found the target in the 79′, 2-nil the score.
SVG began to press and pulled one back in the 88′ of play when Chevel Cunningham headed home to make the score 2-1.
Despite 4 minutes of added time, SVG was not able to find the equalizer and thus the match ended 2-1.
After the first round of matches St. Lucia lead the standings with 3 points followed by Grenada and Dominica with 1. SVG are yet to get off the mark.
The WIFA Men’s Championship continues on Friday with another double-header at the Fond Playing Field.
Game one will see Dominica coming up against first timers Barbados at 5:30 pm while Grenada will play early leaders St. Lucia at 7:30 pm.