Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) defeated Brittons Hill 4-3 in a thrilling encounter last night, as action in the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League continued at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
Brittons Hill went ahead 1-0 when T’shane Lorde toyed with BDFSP’s defensive duo of Ricardo Morris and Kemar Chase on the left inside the 18-yard box. Despite their best efforts neither was unable to stop him from taking his shot which got a deflection from one of them as they attempted to make the stop but instead resulted in a 27th minute goal.
Walton Burrowes created another goal scoring opportunity in the 31st minute for Brittons Hill with a shot from inside the box but was denied by BDFSP custodian Dario Weir who dived to his right but failed to hang on to the ball. Mustafa Haqq capitalized on the rebound to make it 2-0.
BDFSP then found their first goal of the game in the 40th minute when Shaquille Boyce ran on to a precise pass and netted it past Brittons Hill’s goalkeeper Rashad Ince. Just seconds before half-time Brittons Hill made it goal number three through a penalty kick taken by Haqq, following an infringement inside the box.
With a two goal advantage heading into the second half Brittons Hill were definitely in control but Boyce rained on their perade when he made his way through their defence quite easily and scored in the 47th minute. BDFSP’s captain Romario Harewood almost scored a scorcher from 20 yards out but not too long after they found the equalizer when Chase took a free kick in the 83rd minute that found the forehead of Mario Williams and into the back of the nets.
The score was 3-3 and just when many thought the game was heading for a draw the soldiers found the winning goal in the 89th minute. Raheim Sargeant played the ball from the right to Boyce positioned at the left top post and the tall lad skillfully took on Brittons Hill’s defenders and volleyed past keeper Ince to complete his hat-trick.
Empire and Lumisol Technology Inc Pinelands played to a 3-3 draw. Empire lead at the half 2-1 and should have had at least two more but Akiel Kirton who had the responsibility of finishing the job on both occasions failed to bury the ball past Pinelands’ goalkeeper Tyrell Hinkson.
It wasn’t too long afterwards in the 50th minute that Arantees Lawrence ran wide to his right for the ball and no one from Empire ran with him and that allowed the national striker to finish the job by beating Empire goalkeeper Andre Aqui.
A minute later Empire gave away the ball and failed to challenge for it with any haste and again Lawrence squared it to Jesse Turton who made no mistake.
Ormando McLeod of Empire found the equalizer in the 70th minute when he took a cracker of a shot from outside the box with no one from Pinelands impeding its progress into the nets.
Paradise came from behind to defeat Rendezvous 3-2 with two goals from captain Armando Lashley in the 72nd and 73rd minutes along with one from Norrel George in the 45th minute. Shandel Samuel scored both of Rendezvous’ goals which came in the 29th and 85th minutes respectively.
Direct TV Paradise are still on top the standings with 30 points but only by goal difference ahead of University of the West Indies (UWI) who are also on 30. The BDFSP are in third position just one point behind on 29.
Paradise have so far played 13 matches, won nine, drawn three and lost one with 34 goals for, 15 against and a goal difference of 19. UWI have played the same number of games and have so far won ten. They have scored 32 goals and conceded 16 for a goal difference of 16. Meanwhile the soldiers have played 13 with nine wins, two draws and two defeats. They have scored 37 goals and conceded 11 for a goal difference of 26.