Arantees Lawrence of Weymouth Wales knocked home the final goal of the 2018 regular season.
There are no more points up for grabs in the Barbados Premier League as the regular season came to an end this past weekend. With the final six games being played over Saturday and Sunday, all 12 teams closed their tallies for 2018.
Up first on Saturday, Rendezvous FC exited the top-tier in poor fashion as they went down 4-0 to Abrahams United Silver Sands in a match that lasted just 20 minutes. Silver Sands, who will also be making their way back to Division 1, came out with all intentions of going out with dignity. However, Rendezvous were only able to scrape together seven players, the absolute minimum to take the field.
With Troy Johnson, Derrine Gale-Forde, Deshawn Bynoe and Derrick Gale-Forde all rocking the nets inside the first 20 minutes of the game, Rendezvous lost a player to injury and with no other replacements, lost the game to Silver Sands.
Game 2 saw Empire Club keeping themselves out of the relegation zone as they got the better of Crane and Equipment Ellerton in an exciting match-up. Shad Parris opened the account for Ellerton in the 7th minute, while the current leading goal-scorer Jabarry Chandler found the equaliserfor Empire in the 19th. Goals from Jason Haynes in the 38th and Parris in the 48thsaw Empire having to fight back from a 3-1 deficit to take the win.
With an unlucky own-goal from Rinaldo Phillips in the 58th minute putting Ellerton back within striking distance, it was a brace from Brazilian midfielder Daniel Calvi that put Empire ahead. Despite nursing a slight injury, Calvi was good for two in the 75th and 85th to bring home the win for Empire.
The result in the nightcap game could have saved Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame from this week's relegation play-offs were it not for Empire winning their game. The Dames man-handled Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring to end just two points behind Empire on 24.
Zeco Edmee ended the night with a hat-trick after goals in the 19th, 32nd and 65th. With Porey Spring being docked to 10 men after Triston Thompson was booked with a red card in the 27thminute, the Dames ran rampant. Under-17 national Thierry Gale made his Premier League debut with a brace (26th and 46th) while Tramaine Cobham also got in on the action in the 90th minute. With an earlier own-goal coming off Pecos Nurse, the game ended 7-1 as Porey Spring got a consolation from Shaquille Stewart in the 88th.
Sunday's action got started with Brittons Hill United thrashing the Zone 2 leaders Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme. With this result seeing the soldiers on their third loss this season, Brittons Hill dominated the game to put three unanswered goals past the Sports Programme custodian Albert Brathwaite.
Donté Greenidge got the ball rolling in the 27th minute to give the Valerie lads a 1-0 lead at the break. Going the other way, Denzil Fordyce (66th) and Norrin Corbin (89th) sealed the deal to keep Brittons Hill in third place in Zone 1.
Paradise ensured that they would be going into the third-place play-off with a massive 10-0 margin against Home Improvement Hardware Compton. Paradise captain and national striker Armando Lashley copped the Player of the Match award after scoring half of the goals. He rocked the nets in the 30th, 31st, 41st, 56th and 71st minutes.
Lashley was not stingy and shared the glory with Chai Lloyd who had a beaver-trick. Lloyd played in perfect tandem with Lashley and the pair worked together to create goals in the 4th, 9th, 32nd and 44th minutes. Ackeel Applewhaite was good for a goal as well and he got his in early in the 10thminute.
Zone 1 winners Weymouth Wales closed off their campaign with a hard-fought victory as the University of the West Indies Blackbirds fought them at every turn to only concede a single goal. Arantees Lawrence made the most of the only chance afforded to Wales to head the ball home in the 26th minute.