Direct TV Paradise dented second placed Gall Hill’s hopes of winning the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League with a 3-1 defeat at the National Stadium last night.
The game began at a rapid pace, and it was into the tenth minute when there was a pile-up in the Gall Hill box and the referee awarded a penalty which was taken by Armando Lashley who booted it past goalkeeper Oscar Welch and into the nets.
Gall Hill made a desperate attempt to score the equalizer. Their mid-field of Rico Baptise, Bryan Bynoe and Troy Speede began to feed the ball to Shaquille Boyce and Jabarry Chandler who were hovering inside Paradise half.
They got the equalizer in the 25th minute when Chandler was fouled and the referee pointed to the penalty spot. Chandler blasted his shot past goalkeeper Jason Boxhill to level the score.
Ten minutes later Paradise regained the lead with a gem of a goal from Armando Lashley. It began with Rakim Lashley and Jomo Harris passing the ball around the mid-field and playing it into the centre onto the feet of Lashley who dribbled two Gall Hill defenders and scored his tenth goal of the season.
After half-time the youthful Paradise team staged a relentless attack on Gall Hill as their strikers surged forward seeking that third goal to shut Gall Hill totally out of the game.
It came in the 93rd minute after a free kick taken by Gall Hill was cleared by Paradise’s defense. Rakim Lashley collected the ball and ran almost unchallenged toward the nets and scored a goal that killed any hope Gall Hill had of winning the championship this year.
In the second game, a 13th minute goal by Glencarlo Cobham gave Notre Dame a victory over third-placed Mackeson Brittons Hill who were searching for vital points to keep them in the hunt for the title but their neighbours were determined to stop them from doing so.
After Cobham’s goal, Notre Dame’s defensive wall proved extremely difficult for Brittons Hill’s strike force of Zakidyah Samuels, Mustafa Haqq and Darnell Murray to penetrate. Each time they attempted to go forward the Notre Dame back-line led by Renaldo Gilkes thwarted their efforts.
In the opening game, Magnum Tonic Wine were defeated 4-0 by Pinelands. Arantes Lawrence scored a hat-trick with goals in the 5th, 24th and 77th minutes. Dario Wilson scored in the 43rd minute for the winners.