The Emmett Caines Knockout Cup commenced on Saturday, September 16, with stiff competition in the opening games of the tournament which were decided by penalty shoot-outs.

In the first game of the day, Old Madrid held Lion Heart to a 1-1 draw during regulation time, and then came out 3-2 victors, in the penalty shoot-out.

Old Madrid President, Anthony Bramble said his team is training hard to return back to where it belongs in the rankings.

He said, “We are happy to have got the victory and are looking forward to the games to come this season.”

In the second game, Positive picked up only their second win in all competitions since they formed, when they rocked the Rebels, first coming back from two goals down and securing a 3-3 draw at the end of regulation time, before stunning their opponents from the penalty spot, coming out 5-4 winners in the shoot-out.

After the game, Positive’s Stephen Brown gave due notice that Positive would prove a much sterner opposition this season.

On Sunday, Islanders FC and One Love FC also saw their game go to penalties after a thrilling showdown, which ended at 2-2, but One Love held their nerve to go through, emerging victorious with a 4-3 penalty shootout win.

One Love had opened a two-goal cushion with goals from Collin Lavia in the 12th minute and Johari Lacey in the 46th.

Troy Caesar pulled one back for the Islanders right before the death and Cordial Hall equalized deep into added time in the 98th minute to send the game to spot kicks.

Meanwhile, VG United had much more stress-free progress into the second round, as they overcame the Panthers 2-0 over on the Virgin Gorda Recreation Ground. Bernard Cumberbatch scored VG’s first in the 36th minute and Deshawn Richardson rounded out the comfortable victory in the 74th minute.

The weekend’s action rounded out with Sugar Boys FC walloping Wolues FC 7-4, as Alejandro Sanchez scored two and Derol Redhead also two with Rashad Boyce, German Gonzalez and Akim Hendrikson one apiece.

Sugar Boys were rewarded with a bye in the next round, while the draw conducted at the FA Office in East End saw Old Madrid v VG United and Positive FC against One Love United.