Mario Harte was in irresistible form last night scoring two of the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) goals in their 3-0 thumping of Pride of Gall Hill, as the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League competition continued at the National Stadium.
Also in action last night were Weymouth Wales who brushed aside Silver Sands 3-0 with an intense showing in the second half of the game.
In the featured game UWI first scored from the penalty spot, compliments of Riverre Williams in the fourth minute of play. Despite a few chances the scoreline did not change going into the half-time break. Since the start of the league this year Gall Hill have not quite found their form and played like the team many have become so familiar with in terms of winning matches.
The UWI strikers, particularly Harte, ran rings around Gall Hill’s defence and when they were found napping UWI’s marauders took full advantage. In the 75th minute Harte ran off the right wing and allowed the ball to come to him and shot from at least 20 yards out into the back of the nets which was cause for celebration from teammates and supporters.
Two minutes into extra time Harte scored another similar goal when the ball was played up to the right of the field just outside the box and with Gall Hill defenders failing to do their job, Harte took a shot at goal and scored his second goal of the league since signing on with UWI.
Such was the headache he caused Gall Hill on and off the ball, that it seemed Harte could have scored at least a further two goals. His running off the ball caught the eye and was the reason he often found space to threaten the Gall Hill goal.
Apart for a few speculative long balls that UWI often intercepted, Gall Hill never seemed capable of bringing any type of parity to the scoreline.
In the first matchup Silver Sands lost their goalkeeper Shawn Cox 20 minutes into the game for apparently charging after the ball and in the process hitting one of the opponents. Playing with a ten-man team did not seem to affect Silver Sands too much in the first half which ended 0-0. However, fatigue was surely going to be a factor late in the game with the personnel disparity.
Wales continued their dominance of the ball in the second-half but Silver Sands held firm on defence even though there were creeping signs that they were flagging.
Something had to give and eventually Wales got on the scoresheet in the 84th minute when Corey McCollin scored thanks to striker Jomo Harewood. The latter controlled the ball inside the box from the right side and passed it to Hadan Holligan in the middle of the 18-yard box. He touched it deftly on to McCollin who took a shot at goal and scored.
Three minutes later Holligan was in action once again when he took control of the ball and played it up the field before sending in a cross to striker Kemar Headley who headed the ball easily into the back of the nets.
Tristan “Fishy” Parris sealed the game for Wales in the 91st minute when he received the ball off the right flank with no Silver Sands defender in sight. He needed no further invitation and Parris took full advantage by running with the ball close enough to the 18-yard box before sending a shot wide off the Silver Sands’ goalkeeper Gabriel Layne and into the back of the net to complete the rout.