On the stroke of regular time, the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League match between Paradise and Abrahams United Silver Sands came to a brutal conclusion last night at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
As Paradise were on their way to register a well-deserved 6-0 victory with a minute left to play in the third and final encounter, a spectator emerged from the Kent/Upton side of the playing field and unleashed two large stones at Silver Sands’ custodian Jamal Moore.
It was later revealed that the spectator was in fact University of the West Indies’ striker Corey ‘Santa’ Barrow who was subsequently arrested and later charged by police officers present during the game.
It is alleged that Barrow said something to the Silver Sands goalkeeper from the stands and Moore responded to Barrow. That response then apparently led to the UWI player leaving his seat, jumping over the fence and onto the turf to confront Moore who was then struck by the stones thrown at him.
When contacted, Barbados Football Association president Randolph Harris told Barbados TODAY Barrow had been suspended from playing all forms of football.
He said: “I am awaiting a report from the police because I did not actually witness the incident but the BFA will suspend Corey Barrow from all activity regarding football. The board [BFA] will meet and we will make an official decision on the matter.”
Over the years violence has plagued local football. The BFA has responded to this with a Stop The Violence campaign but several incidents suggest the message of the initiative has been falling on deaf ears.
Just as recent as last year two players were left nursing gunshot wounds during a Reserved League match between Weymouth Wales and Belfield Football Club which the BFA president narrowed down to a societal problem at that point in time.
In addition, four years ago, the BFA’s disciplinary committee banned the Adamson brothers, Diquan and Rushan, along with Andre Daniel, a former national defender for two years, after the three Gall Hill players were found guilty of violent conduct. Now it seems Barrow could be facing that same fate or worse following last night’s unfortunate incident in the full view of football patrons.
Before that situation transpired things were going well in favour of Paradise who buried two early goals in the fifth and seventh minutes respectively compliments Chai Lloyd along with leading forward Armando ‘Suga’ Lashley who ended with a hat-trick.
The men from Dover then went on to score four more goals and three of those came just before half time. National midfielder Ackeel Applewhaite nailed a brace in the 20th and 71st time periods. Meanwhile Lashley registered two more goals in the 31st and 41st minutes to be adjudged Man of the Match sponsored by Turbo and worth BDS$100.
Coached by Kenville Layne, Paradise have moved up from third place into second position after adding three points to their initial total of 16 before the start of the night cap game. They are now on 19 points and ahead of Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame who have drifted into fourth place and tied on 18 points with Brittons Hill who edged the Bayland men 1-0 in the opening fixture yesterday evening.
In the eighth minute Denzil Fordyce scored the lone goal that not only led Brittons Hill to victory, but ensured they are now sitting in third place with a 3-2 goal difference ahead of Notre Dame.
Meanwhile former three-time champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme made light work of Porey Springs with a 4-1 win to continue their dominance at the top of zone two with 30 points. National midfielder Akeem Hill along with Omani Leacock both scored a brace each starting with Hill in the 29th and 76th minutes and Leacock in the 37th and 67th respectively.