Weymouth Wales’ top class attacking midfielder Romario Harewood scored a hat-trick for the defending champions, as they trounced Porey Springs 4-0 when the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League continued last night at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
With this being the second last week for teams to score points before the playoffs start, Wales earned three points to extend their credit by 43 in the standings, as they continue to steer the wheel in zone one.
Playing out of zone, Wales came up against fourth-placed Porey Spring in zone two and on the stroke of half-time in the 45th minute, Harewood struck the opener for Wales.
Harewood produced one of the best goals seen for the season and is surely in for a call-up to the senior men’s national team, sooner rather than later. Left somewhat unmarked, Harewood positioned 30-yards in the final third, delivered a magnificent curler into the upright of the goal bars.
Even though not doing a good job with their first touch and not attacking as quickly as they normally do, David Ward and his men were still too good for Porey Springs to handle and goal number two would come in the 75th minute.
Again, Harewood, the son of former Barbados number one goalkeeper Bernard Howell, showed just why he is in a class of his own. Harewood curled a free kick resulting from a challenge on Walton Burrowes, to the right of Porey Spring’s custodian Ryan Hope who was left unmoved.
Then the well-deserved hat-trick came in the 81st minute for Harewood, the Turbo man of the match, along with a BDS$100 reward for his efforts. Captain prolific Hadan Holligan added his name to the scoresheet in the 93+3 minute.
Wales are uncatchable at this stage in zone one standings and are way ahead of Paradise who extended their lead to 29 points having pulled off a thrilling 1-0 result against zone two leaders and former three-time champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme, who are at the top on a total of 35 points.
Just when the opening half seemed headed for a stalemate, the BDFSP were found guilty by referee Jamar Springer of handling the ball inside the area. Paradise’s leading striker Armando ‘Suga’ Lashley positioned the ball at the 12-yard penalty spot and with only veteran BDFSP goalkeeper Albert Brathwaite to consider he nailed it left of the bar and into the nets in the 45th minute.
The third-placed teams in both zones came up against each other and it ended in a 1-1 draw. Brittons Hill, on 26 points in zone one behind Paradise, took the lead 1-0 thanks to Kemar Chase in the 30th minute.
A strong challenge on Brittons Hill’s ace marksman Denzil Fordyce caught the attention of FIFA certified referee assistant Tonia Deane on the right side of the field and resulted in a free kick. The big man Chase then made it look so easy with a lovely curler past Ellerton goalkeeper Jamar Brewster for the 1-0 lead heading into the second half.
But it didn’t take Ellerton currently on 21 points in zone two very long to respond when play resumed in the decisive period. Shaquan Clarke nailed home a terrific right corner in the 57th minute past Brittons Hill goalkeeper Shaquille Frank who was clearly not pleased with the support mechanism of his defenders led by captain Damien Walcott.