Sunday, April 21, 2024

Dames make it two in a row


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SO MUCH for Dayrells Road’s dream start to Premier League football.
Hayden Holligan scored the game’s decisive goal four minutes before being carted off as ten-man Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame held on for a tense 1-0 victory over neighbours Dayrells Road on Thursday at the Wildey AstroTurf.
It was the second loss in as many games for the top flight debutants, who appeared to announce themselves as title threats after opening their Premier League campaign with successive victories over Brittons Hill and Cosmos.
But the high-flying first-timers have since been grounded, with reigning champs Wales first bringing them back down to earth last week before the Dames did likewise in a 90-minute war of attrition.
The hard-fought encounter even had a casualty in the form of Holligan, who had to be stretchered off the field in the 63rd minute after seemingly being brought down in the box.
Ironically, the teenage forward couldn’t have remained on the pitch even if he wanted to, having immediately received his second yellow card after the challenge for supposedly “diving”.
It was just part of the odd sequence of events in a wild ten-minute stretch of play that earlier saw Holligan put the Dames ahead via a crucial 59th minute header.
Against the run of play, Dwayne Mars got free down the right flank before firing in a pinpoint cross, which Holligan rose among a crowd off players to head home past keeper Andre Small.
Mars, too, was almost knocked out of the game just minutes later, lying on the pitch for several minutes following a violent collision with Small, who came off his line to clear a brilliant through-ball.
The drama didn’t end there though, as Dayrells Road twice came close to levelling the scores, but custodian Kareem Farrell did well to deny a well struck Brian Bynoe free kick before Ryan Grannum failed to get on the end of Curtis Odle’s cross at the far post.
Dayrells Road should actually have gone ahead 2-0 within the first 15 minutes as Kyle Coppin blew two chances directly in front of goal off pinpoint passes from Tristan “Fishy” Parris.
Unmarked in the penalty area, Coppin hit wide on a simple tap-in before kicking straight to a stationary Farrell.
The win moved Notre Dame to fourth with seven points from four games while Dayrells Road dropped to fifth with six points.
Earlier, Chai Lloyd had a second half brace as the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) inflicted a 4-0 drubbing on the winless St John Sonnets.
Playing without prolific captain Mario Harte, the youthful BDF side still managed to go out in front at the stroke of half-time via a powerfully struck Teriq Highland free kick from the edge of the area.
 Stewart then headed home a great corner from Rashad Jules four minutes into the second half before Lloyd truly put away the game after being played on by a brilliant through-ball from Tremaine Cobham in the 70th minute.
Lloyd then completed the scoring five minutes shy of stoppage time when he slotted another past Davidson Padmore off a great pass from Jamal Alleyne on the right wing.
BDFSP are now ahead of Wales and Paradise on goal difference as all three teams have seven points from three games.


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