Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame and Solaris Pinelands can now breathe a sigh of relief after both teams won their encounters and escaped possible demotion from the on-going Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League.
Pinelands won 2-1 over Pride of Gall Hill in the first game played last night at the Wildey, St Michael Astro Turf. While in the final game, Dames defeated Weymouth Wales 2-0. Wales currently sit in second position on 27 points, two behind leaders Rendezvous.
In the opening encounter Pinelands wasted no time when in the first minute national striker Arantees Lawrence scored. A shot was taken inside the box, Gall Hill goalkeeper Rushon Adamson got a touch but was unable to hold on to the ball and Lawrence scored off the rebound.
Pinelands maintained their 1-0 advantage and entered the second half with a strategy of playing defensively but Gall Hill were not having it and attacked the ball that eventually earned them a penalty kick when a Gall Hill player was brought down inside the danger zone. Diquan Adamson, with the captain’s armband, stepped up to take the shot for Gall Hill in the 64th minute and was initially denied by Pinelands keeper Kohbeay Taylor but scored on the rebound.
Chad Griffith however became Pinelands hero in the 70th minute when the ball was played inside the box and Griffith who had nothing to lose took a shot at goal and beat the defender and Adamson. Last night’s victory has now put Pinelands in eighth position on 14 points which is just two behind Notre Dame who are currently in seventh on 16.
Despite strong efforts from both sides to escape relegation they still have a long way to go if they want to catch up with the leaders and one might think that at this stage it would take a miracle for that to happen.
Dames took the lead when the ball was played up the right of the field and Renaldo Gilkes took a shot at goal from the right top corner inside the 18-yard box and was denied by Wales goalkeeper Lennie Regis. However Giancarlo Cobham was in place to score via the rebound in the 15th minute.
The opening half remained the same but Antoine Greaves made it 2-0 in the 61st minute of the second half to seal the game and give Dames an all-important lead and eventual victory.