It rained goals last night in the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League Competition at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf. Nineteen of them to be exact!
And at the end of the night the UWI Blackbirds and the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) remained at the top of the ten-team league with 36 and 32 points respectively, while Notre Dame and Pinelands remained marooned in the cellar positions with the former on eight points and the latter perfecting futility on two points.
In the nightcap game Rendezvous joined the list of those beating up on Pinelands with a 5-2 result. Surprisingly, Pinelands actually got back into the game in the second half after being three goals down before the break. But their resistance petered out soon enough.
At the start of the game Dwayne Stanford caused Pinelands all manner of headaches, often catching their defenders flatfooted outside the box. But it would be Emerald George who got the rout going in the 16th minute with the first goal of the game. It was 2-0 within another fifteen minutes when Romano Snagg scored. Stanford, as he had threatened to do throughout the early exchanges finally got his name on the score sheet with a strike in the 37th minute. It would remain 3-0 going into the half-time break.
Whether it was individual embarrassment, their coach’s harangue, or Rendezvous taking their feet off the gas, Pinelands appeared to play with greater purpose when the game resumed.
Rasheed Greaves in particular was a constant threat and did quite a lot of running off the ball. The renewed energy in the Pinelands’ outfit was finally rewarded just over ten minutes after the restart when Greaves scored to reduce the deficit to 3-1. Fine minutes later and the Pinelands faithful had cause for optimism when Jaron Oughterson scored to make it a 3-2 game and everything to play for. Pinelands have not won a game for the season and their sudden resurgence excited their fans into belief. But that would proved to be highly misplaced.
In the 64th minute their tormentor Stanford would douse their thoughts of a comeback with his second goal of the night to make the score 4-2. To their credit Pinelands kept pressing to get back into the game but this night would prove to be another heartbreaker for fans and Shandel Samuels put the game – and Pinelands’ season – into perspective with a fifth goal with a minute left on regulation time.
Fellow strugglers Notre Dame had it even worse as they were pummelled 7-1 by the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme. It was a shambolic performance by the once powerful Dames whose defence seemed more accommodating than Moses’ parting of the Red Sea.
The march started as early as the 7th minute when Shaquille Boyce netted for the soldiers.
So clinical were the BDFSP’s footballers, and so complete a rout was the encounter, that seven different players found the back of the nets.
In the 26th minute Rashad Jules made it 2-0 and his foray into Notre Dame territory would be followed by Shaquille Stewart netting in the 35th minute; Raheim Sargeant in the 38th; Jamal Alleyne in the 76th; Decarlo Jemmott in the 78th; and Jamal Chandler in the 83rd. Antone Greaves scored for the hapless Dames in the 87th minute but that seemed more apologetic than a consolation goal.
Belfield have managed four wins during the season and are in seventh position on the table and some might have expected a bit more fight against UWI Blackbirds in the first game of the triple-header. That never really materialised as UWI ran out easy 4-0 winners.
Mario Harte got a brace of goals in the 71st and 81st minutes after Corey Barrow had got things started with a goal in the 6th minute. They went into the half-time break leading 1-0. On resumption Jairo Lombardo who has been having a good season made it 2-0 in the 56th minute. Then it was the Harte show.
On Saturday fifth-placed Brittons Hill and eighth-placed Empire played to a 2-2 draw with goals for Empire coming via Shawn Hackett (8th and 28th minutes). Mustafa Haqq (11th) and Dario Browne (80th) scored for Brittons Hill.
In the other fixture played the third-placed Paradise and fourth-place Weymouth Wales played out a 0-0 stalemate.