National players Rashad Jules and Kyle Gibson scored a goal each to give Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) a 2-0 victory over Rendezvous in the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf last night.
Pride of Gall Hill also eked out a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Notre Dame.
Despite the rainy weather conditions local football fans turned out in their numbers, especially to witness the featured game between Rendezvous who lead the table on 29 points and BDFSP who have eased into third position on 26 points after winning last evening. This would make it the second time that Rendezvous have lost to the soldiers who won their first game 4-3 a few weeks ago when the two teams met.
Jules gave the BDFSP an early lead in the sixth minute when Ramano Snagg fouled him just outside the area. Jules then took a left-footed free kick and scored past custodian Kenyan Lynch.
The BDFSP came out fired up and attacked from the start of the game and this allowed them to take the majority of the ball possession and had Rendezvous playing catch-up. One player who Rendezvous were unable to contain was Jules who was in action once again when he ran the ball down the left flank with a beautiful pass to Gibson who volleyed it into the back of the nets. There was absolutely nothing keeper Lynch could have done about that goal in the 34th minute.
At the end of half time Rendezvous trailed 2-0 and they needed to produce something special if they were to come from behind and defeat BDFSP.
When the second half commenced Rendezvous were the ones who attacked the ball more and looked hungry for a goal but instead of finding the nets they were down to ten men when captain Jeffery Williams received a red card in the 56th minute for a dangerous tackle on Akeene Browne who had to sit out the remainder of the game.
With the numerical advantage with the BDFSP, Rendezvous were unable simultaneously to adequately defend and score and in the end the soldiers came away with the crucial win.
In the first encounter Gall Hill captain Diquon Adamson gave his side the lead in the 15th minute of play when Nicholas Jones sent in a well flighted ball from the left to Adamson who didn’t have to do much except tap the ball past Notre Dame goalkeeper Carlyle Gill who for some reason went back inside the box instead of coming forward and making the save.
Gall Hill took their 1-0 advantage into the second half and Dames were in early trouble when that half began. John “Nobby” Parris received his second yellow card of the game and was sent off in the 63rd minute.
They were now down to ten men and Gall Hill added another goal in the 71st minute compliments Antonio Bynoe. Five minutes later Antonio Corbin managed to pull one back for Notre Dame when he controlled the ball from inside the box, took a right-footed shot and scored. But that would be their final offensive showing for the evening.