Shaquille Boyce and Omani Leacock scored a hat- trick each as the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme returned to the top of the table with a 7-0 thrashing of Waterford Compton when the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League continued at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf last night.
Those who gathered at the turf were owed a treat after champions UWI Blackbirds were held to a 0-0 draw by Direct TV Paradise after captain Mario Harte was saved from the penalty spot twice in the first half by Paradise custodian Corey Bridgeman, as well as both teams being restricted to ten men in the first match of the triple header.
Weymouth Wales were leaders prior to kick-off and the soldiers knew that a victory over Compton who are currently battling relegation with six matches played, would take them back to the helm of the league.
With that in mind, BDF’s center forward Shaquille Boyce took his goal-scoring tally to five for the tournament when he produced a stunning performance in front of an average but boisterous crowd.
It only took him nine minutes to get the ball rolling to make the score 1-0 when he latched his left boot onto a ball which the Compton defence found hard to defend beating the goal keeper low to his left side.
Two minutes later Boyce would get his brace, getting his head on the end of a dangerous cross into Compton’s box and at this stage the BDF looked totally in control of the 90 minute encounter with only 11 minutes played.
Waterford Compton had a spell where they did well to control the deadly attacks of the boys in green and tried to get on the scoreboard. But BDF’s custodian Kishmar Primus was never at all seriously threatened. However, in the 36th minute Omani Leacock would register for the first time this season making the score line 3-0 at half time.
Referee Troy Throne’s whistle to signal the beginning of the second 45 minute period meant more of the same and one-way traffic continued and it took exactly four minutes for Leacock to grab his second on the night and the BDF’s fourth. Two minutes separated Leacock’s second and third goal and surely now the three points were heading to the BDF.
BDF’s captain Decarlo Jemmott worked hard in the middle of the park all night and he too came to the party in the 66th minute putting away an easy finish from inside the box.
After his first-half brace Shaquille Boyce was tightly marked for the remainder of the night up until seven minutes from time when a ball beat the entire Compton backline and he took the ball around the helpless goalkeeper and slotted home into an empty net and putting the game to bed.
In the last match of the night a lone second half goal from Weymouth Wales and national striker Hadan Holligan was enough for them to beat Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame 1-0 and put them level on points with leaders BDF.