The Blackheart train made its final stop at the Darren Sammy National Stadium on Saturday evening where the semi-final round was battled out. The venue will also be the host of the final which is to be played on the weekend. Teams racked into the stadium with buses filled with supporters as they to get every ounce of momentum make it to the coverted Blackheart final.
To set the pace foe games to be played on the evening was a tantalising encounter between Super League Champions and the Kings of consistency on the island Canaries versus last year Blackheart finalists Marchand. Team Marchand looked to be in impressive form following their quarter final dispatch of the eastern giants Micoud. They were able to get off to a flying start after they broke the deadlock in the game with just 10 minutes being played. Marchand took a very similar tactical approach to the semi-final as they did in the quarters. They very skilfully used the width of the pitch to their advantage and Canaries found themselves doing a lot of ball chasing. However, the chances did come by for Canaries especially on the counter attack. Through great persistence they were able to find the equaliser deep into the second half. A Canaries attacker was quickest to react to a saved spilled over by the Marchand custodian and was able to draw the game level.
The score remained even past the regulated 90 minutes and also past the additional 30 minutes of extra time. The first finalist of the 2017 SLFA/Blackheart Knockout Tournament was decided via the penalty spot and Canaries were able to come out 4-3.
The last of the semi-final games was contested between defending champions Vieux Fort South and title hopefuls Gros Islet. Team Gros Islet has managed to capture every single national crown except the Blackheart trophy. Sadly, that wait would be extended even further as their opportunity to capture this ever illusive trophy disappeared as they succumbed to Vieux Fort South. The signature dynamic and direct attacking wing play of Vieux Fort South was simply too much for Gros Iset to contain. Gros Islet fullbacks were left breathless at the end of the encounter as they struggled to keep their goals conceded count to a minimum. In the end, Vieux Fort South emerged with a comfortable 2 nil victory over Gros Islet.
The semi-final victory has set up a scintillating final on the cards. 2017 SLFA/Super League Champions Canaries will square off against the SLFA/Blackheart defending champions Vieux Fort South in what promises to be the most exciting football match of the year. The game will be played on Saturday at 8:30p.m. following a third place play off between Gros Islet and Marchand.