They took no salutes. They took no prisoners. Reigning Digicel Premier League champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) simply mounted an assault on Klaytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame that ended in an 8-0 demolition at the Wildey, St Michael, Astro Turf last night.
Mackeson Brittons Hill also won their encounter against Pride of Gall Hill 3-1 and continued to step up their performances from the manner they started the league this season.
The BDFSP are now tied in fourth position on 23 points with a goal difference of 19-compared to Brittons Hill who are also on the same tally with a difference of one.
In the featured game of the night BDFSP had their way with Notre Dame who for some reason left their back door open quite often throughout the game and allowed the soldiers to charge their way through their defence with almost monotonous regularity.
It all started five minutes into the game when the ball was crossed over to captain Romario Harewood who was inside the 18-yard box and scored. Then 20 minutes later he was on the offensive again and added another goal with a similar play.
Chai Lloyd then made it goal number three in the 27th when Harewood brought the ball inside the box, pushed his way through two defenders and made a right-footed pass over to Lloyd who nailed it into the back of the nets.
Jamal Chandler also got in on the action in the 32nd minute when the ball was played down the right flank over to the experienced national player who finished the job.
Harewood then secured his hat-trick in the 41st when the ball was squeezed through Notre Dames’ defence and into the box where he got a simple touch to it and scored. It was now starting to look like a calvary charge.
Dame’s goalkeeper Carlyle Gill simply had no answers for BDFSP strikers in the first half and to put icing on the initial serving of cake Lloyd found his second goal in the 42nd minute as the BDFSP went into the second half with a commanding 6-0 lead.
Notre Dame, with striker Zeco Edmee back in their line-up after being out for a few weeks due to disciplinary reasons, would perhaps have been elated if the referee had called time at the half and save them further embarrassment. But they had to return to the field for more
When the second-half commenced the horror movie resumed with the continuing script but this time with different goal scorers. Shaquille Boyce got in on the free-for-all in the 67th minute and Decarlo Jemmott signed off the game with a 90th minute goal to end the carnage.
In the opening game Brittons Hill were first to score compliments Curtis Odle in the 11th minute when he found the back of the nets just inside the 18-yard box after good build-up play.
Rommell Bynoe added his name to the scoresheet for Brittons Hill when the ball was played over the top and after a bit of a fumble he scored in the 23rd minute. Three minutes later Dwayne Stanford let his presence be felt when the ball was run down the left flank and placed neatly over to danger man Stanford who did what he has been doing all season long and sent the ball sailing into the back of the nets.
Diquon Adamson managed to pull one back for Gall Hill in the 34th minute to put the score at 3-1 going into the final half. During the second period neither team managed to score any further goals.
(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)