A lone goal in the sixth minute from former national player Jeffery Williams was all it took for defending champions Weymouth Wales to end Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) unbeaten run in the Barbados Football Association Premier League last night.
In the out of zone clash played at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf, former three-time kings BDFSP and reigning triple crown powerhouses Weymouth Wales came into yesterday’s duel with unbeaten records from their respective zones.
Center referee Jamar Springer had the pleasure of officiating arguably one of the most exciting showdowns so far for the season between two teams that have dominated local football in the past five years.
It was a matter of who could strike first because BDFSP are a fit unit that can run all day at any opposition and Wales are just as fast and possess the likes of Hadan Holligan, Romario Harewood and Arantees Lawrence who can all dribble and pass well.
Not to mention that both sides were strong defensively with BDFSP having two national defenders in Shane Codrington and Ranaldo Bailey along with Paul Alexander who were solid in the defensive third. Wales were just as strong with national defender Teriq Highland and Jamar Walters taking care of business and received great support from Dwayne Peters and surprisingly striker Kemar Headley who played in the back.
It so happened that Wales were the ones celebrating very early in the exchange when the ball made its way to Williams left unmarked on the right and the veteran said thank you with a blinding right-foot shot that left BDFSP custodian Kishmar Primus diving in vain.
Heading into the match-up, Wales were nestled on top of the zone one table with 12 points having played four games. BDFSP had a numerical edge in zone two having played five matches and were leading the standings on 15 points.
BDFSP are always entertaining to watch but last night they were guilty of keeping possession a bit too long in the final third especially on the left where national midfielder Darico King was stationed, trying to dribble and look fancy, instead of passing off as quickly as possible to Rashad Jules or Harewood who were oftentimes positioned in the area.
They also failed to finish on the offensive end, doing well to create opportunities but needed to slow things down a bit inside the box which they never did and that perhaps cost them the chance to equalize on quite a few occasions.
A perfect chance for BDFSP to equalize came when midfielder Akeem Hill launched a shot towards the goal bars but it was met by a brilliant diving save from Wales goalkeeper Omari Eastmond who was outstanding all night. But he failed to keep that one in his gloves and Raheim Sargeant inside the six-yard box got a second bite at the cherry and sent it over the goal bars.
That was the last straw for the soldiers as Wales took away three match-winning points, BDS$500 and Man-of-the-Match Williams was rewarded with $100.
In the opening contest, Brittons Hill United were victorious 1-0 over University of the West Indies Blackbirds compliments a goal from striker Denzil Fordyce in the 53rd minute. Unfortunately for Brittons Hill they will miss Fordyce and his teammate Jermaine Forde for the next upcoming match as both men received two yellow cards each from referee Matthew Alleyne.
Forde was sent walking in the first half with his two cards in the 28th and 45th minute and Fordyce followed him in the 80th and 90th minutes respectively.
Meanwhile, the second fixture was a one-sided affair as Paradise enjoyed a sweet 8-2 victory when they took on Rendezvous. Chai Lloyd earned himself a hat-trick in the 31st, 34th and 57th minutes and Mario Williams joined the fun scoring a brace in the 32nd and 54th period. Adrian Pridee, Elijah Downey and Armando Lashley netted one each in the 62nd, 70th and 75th minutes respectively.
Rendezvous’ goal scorers were Christopher Shepherd Jr. and Nicholas Jones in the 64th and 82nd minutes.