Vineyard Football Association round-up

Stephen Lampard of Atlantic FC tried to get off a cross into the box with MV Celtic's Ben Dwane in close pursuit. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

Shirley’s Hardware leapfrogged MV Celtic into second place in the Vineyard Football Association standings after a 1-0 victory over the league leaders, Monto Orthopedics, on a hot, humid Tuesday night at Veterans Park. Erly “Lee” Pinheiro scored for Shirley’s.

Atlantic Football Club got themselves off the bottom of the league table in the evening’s first match, following a 3-3 draw with MV Celtic. Filipe Freitas scored twice and Martin Aranzabe once for AFC. Filipe Freitas put a pair in the onion bag for MV Celtic. Leondro Trindade netted one.

Atlantic shares six points with Coop deVille and Sports Haven, but currently sits in fourth place by virtue of a superior goal difference.

The VFA table, through Tuesday night’s matches are:


Monto 7 4 2 1 13 20 6 14

Shirley’s 6 3 2 1 10 7 11 -4

MV Celtic 7 2 2 3 9 11 11 0

Atlantic 6 1 2 3 6 9 8 1

Coop 6 1 2 3 6 6 8 -2

S.Haven 6 1 2 3 6 8 17 -9

Managers of the several adult coed soccer teams who have talked with The Times all agree that the league is well balanced, although most give the nod to Monto Orthopedics as probably the league’s strongest team. Certainly, thus far, they are the highest scoring team with 20 goals, compared with Celtic (11), and Atlantic (9).

Dr. Monto remarked that his team has a good mix of young and veteran players. Hans Broscheit and Alex Burnley are the two collegians on the roster. Eduardo Da Silva is the team’s leading scorer, with six goals. Damon Burke, the MVRHS boys varsity soccer coach, is the team’s captain and manager.