Premiership teams Mackeson Brittons Hill and Pinelands along with Division One side Ellerton remained alive after round three of the Banks Beer-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Champions Cup took place last night at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
Ellerton registered an emphatic 5-0 win over fellow division one rivals Parish Land to keep their hopes alive of winning either the $20,000 grand prize at stake or the $10,000 or $5,000 bounty up for grabs for second and third place respectively. Ramon Beckles got the first shot at goal off a 25-yard free kick that went past custodian Terrel Clarke and into the back of the nets in the 11th minute of play.
Eight minutes later Ellerton midfielder Anson Barrow scored a scorcher from just inside the six yard box thanks to a lovely squared ball from Shaquan Clarke.
Speaking of Clarke he too got in on the action in the 30th minute when Jackobi Nicholls missed a shot and somehow the ball found the boot of Clarke who ran on to it and placed it past Parish Land keeper Clarke.
That gave the men from St George a 3-0 lead at half-time and they picked up from where they left off in the 72nd minute when Kevin Barton ran down the left flank at speed, cut the ball inside the 18-yard box and dribbled past goalkeeper Clarke who had left his mark, crossed to teammate Shaquan Clarke in front the goal bars and he buried the easiest of opportunities into the back of the nets.
A few minutes later there was some disagreement and exchange of words on the field that resulted in Parish Land goalkeeper Clarke and Anderson Layne being sent off in the 80th and 81st minutes respectively. Ellerton took full advantage of that situation when Barton scored in the 90+2 to make it 5-0.
In the second encounter of the night Pinelands’ 2-0 win put Eden Stars out of the money. Their goals came compliments of Shane Welch in the 40th minute and national player Arantees Lawrence in the 64th.
Then to climax the evening, Brittons Hill stamped their authority with a convincing 5-1 win over Beverley Hills. Walton Burrowes started the rout rolling when he found the nets three minutes into the game. Ten minutes later Mustafa Haqq and then Burrowes in the 17th minute made it 3-0. Rico Agard netted one for Beverley Hills in the 22nd minute but they needed at least two more of those to put Brittons Hill under pressure. Instead Haqq added to their misery in the 51st minute with his second goal of the night and Rommell Bynoe’s 87th minute effort finished off the game in fine style.
Ronald Wickham’s yellow cards in the 14th and 62nd minutes that resulted in an automatic red did not make life any easier for Beverley Hills either.