A cheque worth BDS$4 000 dollars awaits either Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) or Brittons Hill when the Williams Equipment Pre-season Cup final is contested on Sunday, February 25, at the Empire Club ground.
The tournament’s semifinals were played last night at the Weymouth Ground commencing with the opening fixture between Brittons Hill and Abrahams United Silver Hill who were trounced 4-1 in what was a decidedly one-sided affair.
The feature semifinal match saw a thriller unfold between former three-time Premier League kings BDFSP and Crane and Equipment Ellerton with the former clinching a 2-1 victory.
It was a case of Ellerton captain Shaquille Belle going into combat against BDFSP’s powerful backline led by captain Ricardo Morris, one of two national players on the team along with Renaldo Bailey. Shane Codrington also was in terrific touch. Those three men were as sharp as it could get giving Belle no room whatsoever to execute those deadly left-footed strikes football enthusiasts have grown accustomed to from inside the 18-yard box.
The soldiers in their traditional green uniform were extremely dominant in the midfield, intercepting a number of lob passes which earned them majority of the possession. In fact BDFSP were on the ball from quite early and managed to find the back of the goal bars as early as the ninth minute compliments Damion Thorington taking hold of a pass and burying it left of Ellerton custodian Kerry Holder.
Six minutes later and the boys were once again chanting ‘Who Could Play, We Could Play’ having struck yet another goal for a 2-0 advantage compliments of Omani Leacock.
One of Ellerton’s problems was that they were not assertive enough in the final third and allowed BDFSP strikers a bit too much breathing room upfront to comfortably float the ball around. Thankfully they improved in that department during the second half and were able to pull one back thanks to Zinio Harris in the 59th minute with a delightful piece of play by Ellerton’s attack.
After probing and searching for a response, the St George-based unit created a one-two combination of passes between Belle and Horace Beckles and found the boot of Harris for a wonderfully curled shot in the left bottom post.
But BDFSP’s defence tightened after that goal, as the dynamic trio allowed nothing past them and were able to hang on for a well deserved date with Brittons Hill.
Silver Sands were celebrating in the opening minute with a 1-0 lead against Brittons Hills off a Shad King strike. The score would remain that way up until halftime. But Brittons Hill returned with a vengeance in the second half and mercilessly nailed four goals past the opposition defence. Henderson Richards accounted for a brace in the 58th and 65th minutes, Rohan Hall netted in the 65th and Denzil Fordyce completed the rout in the 87th.