12 goals on action-packed premier league football night
by Morissa Lindsay
Another superb performance was the order of business for triple crown kings Weymouth Wales as they defeated Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame 4-2 last night at the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
Coming off an impressive 4-0 victory against Abrahams United Silver Sands just last week in the BFA Premier League, Notre Dame looked equal to the task against the reigning league champions Wales in the nightcap game.
The men in green from Carrington Village with an undefeated run of four game so far at the top of zone one and a total of 12 points, failed to put away an early attempt at goal when captain Hadan Holligan took an open shot five minutes into the encounter but the ball struck the top post of the goal bars and bounced off.
The look of disbelief on the faces of Wales’ players said it all as they could not believe their stroke of bad luck. Meanwhile Notre Dame manager Renaldo Gilkes was thanking his lucky stars while urging his troops to keep pressing on and that they did by securing a 1-0 advantage in the 30th minute.
A right-side free kick taken by Aaron Leacock found the forehead of national forward Zeco Edmee with a brilliant header. The pressure was on for Wales to equalize and three minutes before half time in the 42nd minute, they did just that compliments left-footer Romario Harewood with an easy 12-yard penalty shot past Notre Dame custodian Shakib Kellman.
That goal resulted from great running by striker Arantees Lawrence with a square ball to Holligan who was headed towards the goal bars but was brought down inside the danger zone by Notre Dame defender Andre Applewaithe.
It was still a level playing field, but Lawrence then got his name on the score sheet and gave Wales a 2-1 lead 51 minutes into the second half. An aerial ball from the left found Holligan at the right top post and he did well to control and pass off to Lawrence who made a simple touch past Dames goalkeeper Kellman.
Antone Greaves who was the main destroyer for Notre Dame last week against Silver Sands with a beautiful hat-trick struck the equalizer for the Bayland side in the 67th minute. That certainly restored some hope for Notre Dame with the possibility of pulling off the upset against Wales. Greaves and Armande Griffith who came on in the 59th minutes in place of Edmee who sustained a hand injury, were busy upfront in the final third probing and searching.
But Wales then gave them a hard pill to swallow for their hard work when Lawrence and substitute Kemar Headley both scored in the 80th and 83rd minutes respectively to seal the hard fought 4-2 win over the plucky Notre Dame outfit.
As it stands the young Notre Dame side are in second position tied on six points with Paradise in zone one. Playing the opening fixture Paradise comfortably came out on top 2-0 against Empire who continue to struggle at the bottom of the zone one standings along with Silver Sands. Scoring for the men from Dover were Dario Harewood and Armando ‘Suga’ Lashley in the 12th and 75th minute respectively. Empire were placed at a numerical disadvantage in the 79th minute when Omar Primus was given a red card by referee Edwin Adams.
Meanwhile the second encounter between 2016 league champions University of the West Indies Blackbirds and Mark’s Auto Spares Porey Spring played out to a thrilling 2-2 draw.
UWI took the early momentum 11 minutes into the game when Jamario Worrell took hold of an assist from fellow striker Mario Harte and finished the job. It should have been 3-0 after UWI allowed a few attempts to go by, starting with a searching ball over the top from Worrell to Harte who completely missed it. Then they were rewarded a penalty kick taken by Worrell who scored the first time, but referee Jamar Springer blew his whistle to signal for Worrell to retake the shot and on the second attempt, he sent it wide of the goal bars.
It was a midfield battle between the two teams and with UWI not putting away their chances in the opening half, Porey Spring responded early in the second half with the equalizer through captain Shaquille Stewart squeezing one past UWI goalkeeper Bentley Springer.
UWI with a bit of luck went ahead 2-1 off an own goal by Renaldo Hunte. The men from St Thomas never look defeated and were rewarded for their hard work when Raymond Hope scored and tied the score at 2-2.
Interestingly, both teams have failed to win a game so far for the season having played four games each and have either drawn or lost. firstname.lastname@example.org