Thursday, April 25, 2024

Premier League games of thrills


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It was not a night for the faint of heart, with two narrow wins and a high-scoring draw in some nerve-racking and pulsating Digicel Premier League action.
Weymouth Wales rebounded from their midweek loss to Mackeson Brittons Hill with a close 3-2 win over Silver Sands.
A double strike from the league’s leading marksman Carl Joseph in the 47th and 59th minute, along with a goal from Tristan “Fishy” Parris were enough to eclipse goals from Lloyd Wilkinson (3rd) and Cameron Lewis (89th).
Table leaders Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) and perennial powerhouse Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame played to an enthralling 3-3 draw but Pride of Gall Hill edged Brittons Hill 1-0 through a solitary goal by Jabarry “Papi” Chandler.
Notre Dame showed the future of the club is still bright, with a performance against the defending champions that revealed courage, heart and tenacity.
The Bayland boys came from 2-0 down to shock the small crowd.
BDFSP opened the scoring in the third minute when Paul Alexander rose highest in the penalty area to nod home an inswinging corner from Mario Harte on the left.
The 2013 champions opted to press their opponents and suffocate them in their own half and this worked intermittently
However, it allowed the Dames to break quickly behind and get in a couple dangerous crosses, one which almost resulted in Hadan Holligan levelling the scores as defender Ricardio Morris cleared the ball off the line.
BDFSP doubled their lead in the 56th minute, when a long ball from the back found Harte unmarked and with a ten-yard start on the backline. Custodian Carlisle Gill came out in “no man’s land” and Harte easily slotted his effort to the bottom right hand corner.
Most would have considered the Dames to be dead and buried but that innate resilience came to the fore and with two goals in two minutes, the scores of spectators were on their feet.
In the 65th minute, substitute Aaron Leacock received a pass on the right of the penalty area and drilled a low right foot shot beyond the outstretched arm of Albert Brathwaite and into the far corner.
Two minutes later, Holligan broke free, danced his way around Brathwaite and precisely pushed the ball into the right corner from an acute angle.
Zico Edmee had the opportunity to give Notre Dame the lead but his one-on-one effort was thwarted by a fine save from Brathwaite.
However, his miss became BDFSP’s gain as the Dames failed to clear a corner and it fell to Harte, who hammered home from just six yards out.
Edmee made amends by finishing off a fine combination play. A ball was played into Holligan, who turned his marker with a neat first touch. He then played the ball into Edmee, who made no mistake this time, powerfully shooting home from close range to level the scores at 3-3 in the 85th minute.
In the feature match, it took a lone Chandler goal from the spot to separate the teams. Brittons Hill’s goal keeper Rashad Ince was guilty of bringing down Shaquille “Zuka” Boyce in the area after the forward was played through from a well weighted midfield pass.
Chandler sent Ince the wrong way and placed his shot off the inside of the left post to make it 1-0 in the 38th minute. (ROG)

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