BDF open with a bang, outshines competition
There were close clashes all weekend except for the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme when they made their debut in the Capelli Sports Super Cup. With the competition rolling into its fourth week, the reigning Premier League champions opened their campaign in fine style with a stellar 5-1 win over Barbados Soccer Academy.
Playing at the Wildey Turf in Saturday’s nightcap, the soldiers were forced to come from behind as the Soccer Academy drew first blood in the 13th minute through the efforts of Romario Dennie. However, that would be all for BSA and the Sports Programme began their fight back with a goal in the 17th from Raheim Sargeant. Renaldo Trim was the star on the night and he put in a hat-trick with goals in the 24th, 43rd and 74th minutes before the national team captain Rashad Jules drove the final nail in the coffin in the 78th.
Also playing on Saturday, Blackspurs got some much-needed points when they thwarted Kick Start, who were also making their first appearance in the competition. A brace from Tevin Slater with goals in the 31st and 71st, set up the Spurs. A goal from Renaldo Gilkes in the 90th was too little, too late to effect any change in the outcome. Whitehall Titans also took points with a 2-0 win over Cosmos with a brace of goals from Nathan Skeete (73rd and 81st).
On Sunday at the Turf, Porey Spring and Pinelands parted ways as equals as they both scored two goals to split points. Devonte Richards (18th) and Chad Massiah (24th) had Pinelands in control early on in the encounter. However, the experience of the Premier League never leaves. Although they were dismissed from the top tier last season, Porey Spring have not yet lost that shine and came from behind with goals from Damion Thorington in the 62nd and Anthony Rollins in the 90th.
Technique left the entire audience at the Turf in awe as they stood strong to go down by a single goal to the mighty Weymouth Wales. A messy goal came in from Andre Applewaite in the 9th minute to see Wales ahead, however, they were level again deep inside injury time as Ishem Ellis found the back of the nets past goalkeeper Jerome Blackman. At the top of the second, former national team captain Rashida Williams (49th) got past Techniques keeper, but that is all they would manage against the Division 3 side.
The final game of the night saw Paradise sneaking three points away from Wotton when they took home a 2-1 win. With neither side finding the goal in the unimpressive first half, Mario Williams put Paradise up in the 55th before Keon Atkins equalised with a penalty in the 68th. True to form, Armando Lashley came in with a late goal to give Paradise the game winner in the 75th.
The action continues this week with games on tonight, Wednesday and Thursday.