Forget John Milton. This wasn’t Paradise Lost. Paradise won.
Direct TV Paradise jumped to third place on the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League table with an important 2-0 victory over Weymouth Wales at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf last night.
With Wales fighting feverishly to find an equalizer for most of the second half and having a few near misses, substitute Zico Phillips sealed the deal for Direct TV Paradise when he scored in the dying stages of the game. Wales had started the game ahead of Paradise on the points table.
Fresh off a professional contract in Antigua, Phillips came on pretty late in the second half of the 6 p.m. encounter with his side leading 1-0 and wasted no time getting in on the action. In the 92nd minute of the game the ball was squared by Armando Lashley to the tall muscularly built Phillips positioned in front the goal bars and he had no problems placing it past custodian Omari Eastmond for the win.
The first goal of that encounter was scored by Lashley in the 18th minute compliments a piece of brilliance from Elijah Downey who ran through Wales’ leaden-footed defence, so much so that none of them was able to get a touch on him as he dribbled his way in front the goal bars and just when everyone thought he was going to take a shot at goal, he crossed the ball to Lashley who volleyed it past Eastmond and into the back of the nets.
Wales are known for their attacking play but last night they failed to show any real urgency even though familiar faces like Hadan Holligan, Kemar Headley and Tristan ‘Fishy’ Parris were in action. But they could not get past Paradise’s defence of Phillips, Najee Holder and company. To make matters worse for Wales they had to play with ten men after defender Jamal Walters recklessly tackled Downey and received a red card.
That win placed Paradise on 16 points ahead of Wales who dropped to fourth on 14. This is now the seventh week of Premier League action and University of the West Indies Blackbirds are still on top in the points standings with 18 points ahead of second placed Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) on 17.
In the other game played the BDFSP defeated Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame 4-0 in the first game of the day. Khalil Gill and Raheim Sargeant scored the first two goals in the 17th and 26th minutes respectively to give the soldiers a 2-0 advantage at half time. When the second half began Tyrell Gibbons had control of the ball in the 69th minute of play and took a shot at goal from the left side that rocketed past Dame’s goalkeeper Carlyle Gill.
No doubt the Dames were done and dusted at that stage but BDFSP added salt to their sore when Jamal Alleyne made it goal number four in the 82nd minute. Notre Dame had the opportunity to at least pull one back with under two minutes left in the game when Mario Williams fouled striker Antone Greaves in the area. Zeco Edmee step up to take the shot and to the disbelief of spectators around the ground missed the penalty kick.
Meanwhile in the final game of the night a whopping ten goals were scored between Rendezvous and Pinelands. In the end it was Rendezvous that got the better of Pinelands 6-4 thanks to goals from Rashida Williams in the 21st minute, Carl Joseph in the 39th, Taron Miller in the 90+3rd and a hat-trick from last year’s leading goal scorer and Most Valuable Player Dwayne Stanford in the 23rd, 67th and 78th minutes respectively. Shane Welch of Pinelands also had a hat-trick scoring in the 41st, 64th and 82nd minutes while Jamar Perch scored the other in the 89th minute.