Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Forde on fire


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PHOENIX TOYOTA UFO Fire House are just too hot to handle.
And the heat from their bright blaze was too much for unfancied COB Sportstown Galaxy, who were badly burnt 7-0 in the LIME Pelican Football Challenge at Kensington Oval on Thursday night.
Veteran Paul “Soup” Lovell, used in an attacking role, lit his own fire with a beaver trick – scoring in the fourth, 50th, 78th and 89th minutes.
But Lovell was indebted to “Fire Chief” Norman Forde for supplying the fuel in the form of perfect passes for his four goals as well as another for Jason “Fowlie” Blackman in the 62nd minute, while also getting on the scoresheet himself in the 69th.
Substitute Troy Callender kept the flames burning right up to the final whistle with an injury time goal (90+2) for Fire House, who were without their sweeper Oscar Nero because of duties with St Vincent’s national team in the Caribbean Football Union’s Cup, and employed striker Ricky Barnes in front Llewellyn Broomes in the centre of the defence.
It was a rough baptism for Galaxy’s new goalkeeper Anthony Rollins, who conceded six second-half goals when the fire really heated up. There was just the smoke in a 1-0 lead at half-time, with Lovell slotting home a rebound after his first shot was partially stopped.
Galaxy’s woes were compounded when playmaker Maradona Lavine injured his knee midway in the first half and had to be substituted.
Forde was simply unstoppable and exemplified this even more when he swept past Ricardo Cyrus. Defender Brian Husbands held onto his jersey in a move down the left side, but he still managed to play the ball across the goalmouth for Lovell to tap in his fourth at the back post.
Fire House joined T.S. Strikers at the top of Zone B on seven points from two wins and a draw in three matches but with a superior +8 goal difference.
In the night’s second game, Broad Street Men and Women Red Tridents upstaged Kick L.G. Strike Force with an important 1-0 victory, compliments an injury time goal (90+2) by Dario Wilson.
Strike Force were down to ten men as their third substitute Dwayne Williams was stretchered off to receive treatment after colliding with Tridents’ Kadeem Atkins. The weary legs of their two most reliable players, John “Nobby” Parris and Bryan Neblett in defence, wilted under the pressure.
The fleet-footed Wilson ran through the defence unchallenged to delicately place a cross from Ramon Greaves past the previously unbeatable goalkeeper Kareem Farrell.   
Tridents had created their fair share of opportunities in both halves, with Corey Barrow guilty of not finishing off a lovely build-up in the first half.
Curtis Odle twice hit the side netting in the second half after getting free on the right side with only the advancing Farrell to beat, and Wilson should also have netted with his first touch but was blocked by Farrell.
Wilson was also thwarted when he took the ball off the boot of Riviere Williams from a squareback by Odle. Williams, who had drifted into midfield, was also culpable as he softly pushed a left-side Wilson pass straight at Farrell.
At the other end, Shawn Hackett, who replaced Kadeem Latham at the start of the second half, volleyed a free kick from Carl Joseph into the side netting while young Tridents goalkeeper Corey Bridgeman had to push away a shot from Dwayne Mars.
The result left Strike Force and Tridents on six points from two wins and two losses in their four matches, while Indar Weir Barbados Steel Works Top Bay Settlers and Akademiks also have six points in the tough Zone A from two wins and a loss with a game in hand.


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