Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) reminded Mackeson Brittons Hill that they were the defending champions when they defeated the St Michael-based club 2-1 when the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League continued at the National Stadium last night.
Brittons Hill began the game with 16 points, the same as Gall Hill and four more than the defending champions who up to Sunday night had been playing like mere shadows of the previous year.
Defence has been the strongest factor in Brittons Hill play in their five previous games. Their back-line marshaled by Paul Straughan, Andre Gibson and Robert Charles appeared to be as strong as a bank vault along with goal keeper Orlando Carew who had conceded just two goals for the season.
The Brittons Hill players began the game in an attacking manner with their forwards penetrating BDFSP’s defence time after time
in the first 20 minutes of the match.
In the 29th minute a Brittons Hill defender failed to clear the ball on the right side of the box and Raheim Sergeant pounced on it like a cat, and hammered a right-footed shot past Carew to give the soldiers a 1-0 lead.
After that goal the Brittons Hill players became a bit ragged and the soldiers took charge of the game. The BDFSP penetrated Brittons Hill defense and bombarded their goal-keeper with several shots forcing him to make a number of outstanding saves.
In the 40th minute, a foul was committed in Brittons Hill area and the referee awarded a penalty which was converted by Zidkigah Samuels to level the score.
After half-time, the BDFSP continued to dominate the game with only the skill and talent of Carew preventing the soldiers from going on a goal feast. But in the 72nd minute Shaquille Stuart received a gem of a pass in front of the goal and placed the ball into the back of the nets.
In the first game of the evening Direct TV Paradise hammered Pharmaceutical Plus Cosmos 4-0. Armando Lashley scored in the 19th and 37th minutes, Frederick Mulligan in the 57th minute and Rakim Lashley in the 86th minute.
In the night cap game Weymouth Wales defeated old rivals Clayton Kola Tonic Notre Dame 2-0. Carl Joseph scored the first goal in the 20th minute while Kemar Headley sealed Notre Dame’s fate with a second goal in the 83rd minute.