UWI captain Mario Harte (left) and Empire's Shanoi Evans fighting for this ball in Sunday's game.
Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame were the largest casualty coming out of this past weekend's games in the Barbados Premier League as they may very well have to fight to stay in the top tier. Now sitting in the red at fifth place in Zone 1, the Dames are currently in dire straits after being held to their fifth straight loss last night.
Coming up against Zone 2 leaders Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme in last night's final game, a hat-trick each from Omani Leacock and Kyle Gibson brought up the 6-0 loss to see the Dames above only Abrahams United Silver Sands in the their group. If they fail to pull themselves up from their current position in their last two games, they will have to duke it out in the relegation playoff to remain in the top flight.
The game in the middle saw the University of the West Indies Blackbirds holding on to their second-place spot in Zone 2 behind the soldiers as they beat Empire Club 2-1. With neither team scoring in the first half, Shamari Mark broke the deadlock for UWI in the 53rd minute, while Jomo Harris made it 2-0 in the 91st when the midfielder pounced on a poor clearance from Empire defender Omar Primus to put his left foot through the ball.
Empire's consolation came in the 94thwhen he was taken down just outside the 18 and awarded a free kick. The resulting kick split the defence and went uninterrupted to the back of the nets to see the final whistle being blown right after.
The evening's action got underway with Paradise FC pulling out a 3-0 win over Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring. Man of the Match Armando Lashley came away with a brace after scoring goals on either side of the break. He netted the ball in the the 11th and 56th minutes, while Chai Lloyd had one in between in the 14th minute.
On Saturday, three custodians joined the 'clean-sheet crew' as Crane and Equipment Ellerton, Weymouth Wales and Brittons Hill United all kept things tidy as they rolled to wins in the first out-of-zone games for the weekend.
Ellerton's Jamar Brewster was first to pick up his clean sheet when his team dismantled Abrahams United Silver Sands, who are facing relegation just after gaining promotion back into the top-tier for this season. With Brewster thwarting every attempt at goal at his end, goals from Shaine Hermas and Shad Parris in the 9th and 30th minute put Ellerton in control before the half-time break. Going the other way, two late goals from Jason Haynes (79th) and Anson Barrow (88th) brought up the 4-0 victory.
Right in the middle of things, Omari Eastmond kept every shot from Home Improvement Hardware Compton out as defending champions Weymouth Wales managed a 2-0 win. Compton, who have seen better days and could possibly be saying their goodbyes to the top flight, frustrated Wales as they kept them out in the cold for the entire first half.
Riding off the momentum they would have built up off holding the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme to a goalless draw in their last game, Compton were feeling it and refused to lay down for the 2018 triple-crown champs. However, Wales are known for their persistence and it finally paid off in the 62ndminute when Player of the Match Romario Harewood opened the account. Riverre Williams added the second goal to the effort in the 74thminute.
The nightcap games saw Shaquille Frank of Brittons Hill coming up clean as well as his team put four past the embattled Rendezvous. Rendezvous, although facing demotion, were not willing to go quietly into the night and they kept Brittons Hill at bay for the entire first half.
That all changed in the second and Romario Small opened things up in just the 47th minute of play. Just two minutes later, the nets were rocking again as man-of-the-match Jahshaun Moore put a lucky shot found its mark in the 49th.
As the defence fell apart for Rendezvous, so too did the morale and two more goals would come before the final whistle. Jelani Joseph (63rd) scored in his second consecutive game while Donte Greenidge drove the final nail in the coffin in the 85th.