Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Wales walk over Silver Sands

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Premier League champions Neighbourhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales maintained their magnificent start to the season with a 6-1 mauling of newly promoted Abrahams United Silver Sands on Thursday night.

The men from Carrington Village manufactured the biggest margin of victory for the 2018 Barbados Football Association’s season, motivated by a marvellous display from midfield maestro Romario Harewood at the Empire Club.

Harewood started the goal fest in the 11th minute with a deft chip over onrushing goalkeeper Gabriel Layne and played a vital part in teammate Arantees Lawrence’s goals in the 19th and 36th minutes to give Wales a healthy 3-0 half-time advantage.

After two presumably contrasting team talks at the interval, the teams resumed, with Silver Sands trying to go on the offensive to stifle the deadly Wales attack, but ultimately the might of the opposition was too overwhelming.

Shortly after the hour mark, Harewood laid a perfect cross at the feet of Hadan Holligan after a powerful sprint down the left, to extend the champions’ lead. Holligan returned to the scene 15 minutes later for his second and his team’s fifth goal of the night.

With two minutes of normal time remaining, Wales heaped more misery on Silver Sands.  Kemar Headley, who missed the majority of Wales’ title winning campaign through injury, trotted over to take a corner from the left and in a carbon copy of last season’s Cup final winner, Akeem Maloney rose highest to nod in at the near post for his side’s sixth goal.

Cameron Lewis sneaked in a consolation goal in the second minute of stoppage time for Silver Sands, who are now at the bottom of Zone 1 despite a confidence-building 1-0 victory over Empire on Sunday.

In the night’s opening fixture, DirecTV Paradise prevailed 2-0 over an unlucky Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame compliments of a 33rd minute penalty by Armando Lashley and an expert finish from talisman Elijah Downey.

Notre Dame came narrowly close on a few occasions in the initial half hour but it was a Paradise counter attack that caused their downfall. Paradise’s pressure and quick movement forced defender Caleb Morgan to handle the ball in the penalty area, gifting Paradise a goal-scoring opportunity, against the run of play, which Lashley smartly dispatched.

Things got progressively worse for Dames when they were reduced to ten men following the sending off of Giancarlo Cobham.

After the resumption, Notre Dame offered little in terms of a comeback even with the clinical Zeco Edmee leading the attack. Downey placed an unstoppable shot past goalkeeper Jason Welch for his first strike of the season and his side’s second of the night. (NM)

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