National striker Zeco Edmee and substitute Daniel Rowe netted twice in the space of three minutes as Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame came from behind to snatch a 2-2 draw against Barbados Soccer Academy in the Premier League on Sunday night.
Staring at defeat with less than four minutes left in the contest at the Barbados Football Association AstroTurf, the Dames snatched a share of the points in a dramatic finish as Edmee scored in the 87th minute before Rowe found the equaliser at the end of regulation time.
The result was a heartbreaking one for the BSA who came into the match high on confidence as sole leaders of Zone One on seven points. A win and the three accompanying points would have further strengthened their position in the group.
When they grabbed the lead just six seconds into the affair through the efforts of Kevin Samuels and Noah Nicholas added a second nearing the half-hour mark, BSA seemed en route to full points.
But the dramatic finish forced them to settle for a point, leaving them on tied on eight points with Weymouth Wales who beat Brittons Hill 2-0 in the final game of the triple-header courtesy of goals from Kemar Headley in the 19th minute and Romario Harewood in the 61st.
Dames lie third on five points with a single win in four matches.
BSA stunned Notre Dames in the opening seconds when Vincentian Samuels caught defender Aaron Leacock napping, stole possession down the right before producing a clinical right-footed finish over the head of goalkeeper Shakib Kellman.
Samuels’s goal was the fastest so far this season and with BSA displaying their touch and go style of play, goal number two was not long in coming.
Once again, they purposefully attacked the final third, and Notre Dame seasoned central defender Chad Bynoe was found guilty of ball handling inside the 18-yard box by referee Norman Greaves.
Midfielder Nicholas then defied wet, slippery conditions caused by intermittent rain to score from the spot in the 25th minute, ensuring that BSA went into half-time with a deserving advantage.
Notre Dame re-organised in the second half, closing down the spaces and managing to frustrate BSA’s passing game. Their renewed sense of purpose was helped by a double substitution as Rowe came off the bench in the 65th minute for Azarel Crowney and veteran Dwayne Mars replaced Ranaldo Newton in the 78th minute.
With Notre Dame beginning to go direct to Edmee and Dishon ‘Eto’ Howell up front, they clawed their way back into the game and the strategy paid dividends.
They pulled their first goal back when Mars skilfully staved off pressure from the BSA defense on the right flank and followed up with a searching ball that found the head of his captain Edmee inside the six-yard box, for a beautiful finish with three minutes left.
BSA had hardly recovered when Man-of-the-Match Rowe stepped up moments later and unleashed a brilliant 30-yard free kick which found the back of the nets.
Earlier in the opening game, Porey Springs came from behind to grab a 2-2 draw against University of the West Indies Blackbirds, after finding themselves 1-2 down at the break.
Captain Shaquille Stewart put Porey Springs ahead in the second minute when he headed in Rivaldo Graham’s free kick but Blackbirds equalised in the 11th minute through Axcel George from the top of the box.
And two minutes later, Blackbirds took the lead when national striker Mario Harte curled in a free kick from just outside the 18-yard box.
Porey Springs were not to be denied, however, and Damion Thorington headed in Stewart’s cross in the 62nd minute to level the scores.