Last night could have been described as a case of straight ‘outta’ Compton and smack into plenty blows.
Pharmacy Care Weymouth Wales trounced hapless Home Investment Waterford Compton 8-0 to end round one of the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association Premier League on a major high. The drubbing they inflicted was mainly compliments of a hat-trick performance from national forward Arantees Lawrence.
That hammering of Compton at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf has now placed Wales on top of the league standings by a mere two-goal difference. All teams in this round have played nine matches and Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) are also in a top position with 23 points after playing nine matches, registering seven wins and two draws with a goal difference of 21 – 28 goals for and seven against.
Wales on the other hand now have the same amount of wins with the only difference being that they were on a goal difference of 15 before the start of yesterday’s opening encounter against Compton and are now tied on 23 points with BDFSP but with a better goal difference of 23 (26 goals for, three against) that gives them the slight edge.
That was the biggest result so far for the season. The first three goals for Wales were shared between Lawrence with an on-target strike in the 22nd minute followed by Riverre Williams’ goals in the 26th and 45th minutes respectively.
Williams’ first goal was scored off a free kick, which he curled over Compton’s static defence and buried past custodian Kean James. That was followed by a brace on the stroke of half time of a through ball from Lawrence for a one-time finish.
Wales stuck to the basics, were spot on with their passes especially Romario Harewood who out paced Compton’s defence on a number of occasions with superb touches to Lawrence and company taking care of business inside the 18-yard box. Omar Primus being red-carded in the second period did not help the situation. Newly promoted Compton are on a mere three points in ninth position and appears to be heading back to Division One.
There have been some fluctuations in the point standings and defending champions University of the West Indies Blackbirds are among those after registering just their second win of the season against Belfield 2-0 thanks to a strike from Germain Hughes in the 26th minute and an own goal in the 53rd. Coming into last night’s match-up UWI were on six points in eighth position but have now moved into seventh place on nine ahead of Belfield who have now drifted into eight.
Ellerton Football Club’s close 3-2 margin against Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame has seen them move into fourth spot on 15 points while Paradise have drifted into fifth on 14 and are followed by Notre Dame on 11. Shakille Belle netted yet another brace this season in the 53rd and 64th minutes respectively along with a full time strike from Gregory Goodridge in the 93rd. Meanwhile Daniel Rowe in the 24th and Renaldo Seale three minutes later were the two scorers for Dames who will be without the services of Avery Chandler who received a red card during the game.