Mario Birkett of Silver Sands (left) taking on Romario Small of Brittons Hill in their second-leg semifinal clash.
It will be either Brittons Hill United or the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme to lift the first ever Williams Equipment Preseason Cup trophy when the final comes off next weekend as the two sides secured their spots on Sunday night. Playing at Weymouth in the second leg of the semifinals, Brittons Hill roared into the next round, 6-3 on aggregate against Abrahams United Silver Sands, while the soldiers had a more demure 3-1 record against Crane and Equipment Ellerton.
The Sports Programme were first to book their berth with a 1-0 win over Ellerton. After winning 2-1 in the first leg of the semi, the door was still open for Ellerton to move into the final once they could outscore their opponents by two goals. However, that would not be the case and the St. George side quite literally shot themselves in the foot by not converting a penalty awarded in the early minutes of the game but also had an own goal from Damien Walcott in the 41st minute which did some irreparable damage.
In the nightcap, Silver Sands had the task ahead of them of scoring four unanswered goals to make it into the final and they had an inkling of hope early on. In the 23rd minute Troy Johnson got a beauty of a ball over on the left flank and sent a stunning left-booted shot, the goal of the night, past a diving Britton Hill keeper. Just before the half broke, Brittons Hill pulled one back through Denzil Fordyce (42nd).
Brittons Hill took the lead in the 69th when Rohan Hall gave his team the go-ahead from a penalty. Similar fortunes would fall at the feet of Silver Sands in the next few minutes as Johnson easily converted a spot kick at the other end in the 72nd.
Despite pulling put the 2-2 draw, the 4-1 drubbing in the first leg ensured that Silver Sands would not be going to this final in their first year back in the top-tier.
The final is slated for next Sunday at Empire with action kicking off at 6:00 PM with the third-place playoff.