University of the West Indies Blackbirds soared to their first win of the Barbados Football Association Premier League with a 1-0 result against Crane and Equipment Ellerton Football Club on Sunday at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
After four winless encounters, UWI were on the hunt for their first win of the season and they earned themselves a penalty when an Ellerton shirt handled the ball inside the 18-yard box. Experienced left-back Alvin Chapman stepped up to take the shot and sent the ball wide of the goal bars.
Thankfully for the Cave Hill Blackbirds side, another penalty was rewarded to them a couple minutes later when one of their players was brought down at the Kent, Upton end. Central defender Mustafa Haqq positioned himself at the 12-yard spot and buried the ball in the 58th minute past his former Brittons Hill teammate and Ellerton custodian Kerry Holder.
That win has now moved UWI into third position in the standings on six points in zone two behind second place Ellerton who are on a total of seven. Both teams trail three-time defending champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme who are on 15 points having played five games unbeaten.
Also securing three match-winning points and making a move up zone one standings was Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame who pulled off a hard-fought 1-0 thriller over Brittons Hill United.
After a goalless stalemate in the opening half, Notre Dame were reduced to a numerical disadvantage in the 56th minute when referee Edwin Adams sent Rasheed Greaves walking with a red card.
Just when the contest appeared headed for a disappointing scoreless draw, super-sub Daniel Rowe, who had entered the fray in the 83rd minute, managed to bury a 90th-minute strike that left Brittons Hill defence stunned and allowed Notre Dame to steal the win which has now placed them in second position on nine points.
The Bayland side coached by Renaldo ‘Peewee’ Gilkes have so far played five matches and are now three points behind reigning kings Weymouth Wales on 12 having played four games. But for the next four weeks Notre Dame will be without their leading forward and last year’s most valuable player Zeco Edmee who did not play this past Sunday having fractured his right hand on April 8 during a match against Wales.
Home and Improvement Hardware Waterford Compton and Rendezvous, the bottom two teams in zone two at position five and sixth respectively played to an exciting 4-4 draw in the opening fixture on Sunday.
Rendezvous captain Rommell Bynoe got down to business in the fifth minute with a goal to his name but his teammate and fellow striker Christopher Shepherd Jr registered a wonderful hattrick with goals in the 10th, 15th and 45th minute respectively.
However, Waterford proved equal to the task as they accounted for four goals through Sheridan Grosvenor in the 14th minute, Kishmar Wade in the 21st, and a brace off the boot of Stephan Longville in the 25th and 30th as all eight goals from both teams were scored in the first half.
Both Rendezvous and Waterford are tied on three points having played five games as they struggle to get out of relegation zone. Both teams are just one point behind Porey Springs who continue to find the going tough in the fourth position on four points in zone two.