It was another victorious occasion for Direct TV Paradise who are not only the new table leaders, but in the process last night they handed Pinelands their tenth defeat so far for the 2016 Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association Premier League season.
Played at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf, Paradise won 4-1 with two of those goals being scored by captain Armando Lashley in the 21st and 41st minutes of the first half.
Pinelands’ strikers led by national player Arantees Lawrence were unable to capitalize on the fact that Paradise’s three top defenders Barry Skeete, Jonathan Straker and Zico Phillips were on the side lines due to injury. Credit must be given, however, to Najee Holder in defence and Andre Bourne who also played well at the back for the Dover men.
In the second half Pinelands managed to win themselves a free kick in the 53rd minute and who better to take the shot than Lawrence from just outside the 18-yard box. He blasted the shot past Paradise goalkeeper Jason Boxill who had no chance of stopping it.
At this stage Pinelands were just one goal down and from their body language they certainly believed they could have netted another and equalized. However, referee Edwin Adams went into his top pocket and pulled out a few yellow cards for the Pinelands’ men who were aggressive on the ball. Adams’ decisions did not rest too well with them and they reacted with some foul language. The referee had enough and red-carded Jamar Perch.
Pinelands were down to ten men and when they least expected it Edward Moss who came on as a substitute in the 75th minute scored a cracker in the 78th minute from at least 40 yards out past the opposition’s burly goalkeeper Tyrell Hinkson who was unmoved. Then Rakim Lashley in the 87th minute finished the job when he took out one of Pinelands defenders and scored.
So far all top four teams have played 12 matches with Paradise and University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds tied on 27 points. Paradise have won eight of their 12 games, drawn three and lost one with a total of 31 goals for, 13 goals against, and a goal difference of 18. UWI have so far won nine out of 12 with zero draws and three losses.
BDFSP are one point behind in third position on 26 and they are followed closely by Weymouth Wales on 23 points. In fact around 9 p.m. last night the soldiers lost 1-0 to Wales compliments a goal from Hadan Holligan in the 45th minute just seconds before half-time.
That goal came about when BDFSP custodian Dario Weir left his line in an effort to stop Wales from scoring but a rather skillful Hadan Holligan paced around him and placed the ball neatly past him. Usually when these two teams meet there is precision and flamboyance but for some reason they were all over the place with no pattern of play. Interestingly, Wales moved Kemar Headley from striker and placed him as last man while Jadai Clarke who is normally in defence was seen playing up front with Holligan which worked in Wales favour because BDFSP no matter how they probed and searched they just could not find that one opportunity to shake the nets.