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BSA takes tops in Division 1

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Barbados Soccer Academy celebrating their win last night

Although the 2018-2019 Barbados Premier League is yet to get off the ground, Republic Bank Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy have already signalled that they are ready for the big leagues as they closed off this current season with a rousing result to take the Division 1 Championship. Playing in their final game for the season, Soccer Academy handed down a 4-0 drubbing on Zone 1 winners and fellow promotees St. Andrew Lions last night.

With the two meeting up for the first time at the Wildey Turf, they took most of the first half feeling each other out and exchanging exciting advances. However, that came to an end as Durea Padmore put BSA ahead in the 44th minute to see his team into the break with a lead.

Padmore would prove to be a talisman for his team one again as he made it 2-0 just after resumption with a strike in the 48th. The rest of the second half saw the Lions looking a bit lacklustre as BSA continued to knock on the door. Sure enough, they would get answers in the 90th and 92nd minutes from Damar Maloney and Edwin Adams to see the team raise the Division 1 Championship trophy at the end of the night.

Just before the nightcap, all business in Division 1 was done and dusted as the final relegated and promoted teams were also decided at the Wildey venue. The night's first game saw Parish Land fighting to a 4-3 defeat to ensure that they would be heading back down to Division 2.

After being held to a sound 3-0 beating in their first relegation tie against Bagatelle, this time around Parish Land decided they would not go quietly into the night. With Shamari Stevenson (13th) and Andre Clarke (23rd) giving Bagatelle a sound two-goal cushion, Jaraad Bourne (46th) pulled one back for Parish Land in the dying seconds of the first half.

Going the other way, the Christ Church team would get a glimmer of hope as they drew level in the 66th compliments a goal from Rico Browne. Bagatelle's Brian Clarke put his team up again in the 73rd, but Parish Land had a reply in the 86th from Anderson Layne. Needing to win by several goals to stay up, Parish Land had their work cut out for them but it was not to be as Imron Pontene sunk their ship with the game-winner in the 89th.

Youth Milan will be joining BSA and the Lions in the top tier as they completed their promotion play-off against Wotton FC in Game 2. Winning their first game 2-1 earlier in the week, a 1-1 draw was just enough to see them get the better of their opponents.

Both goals came early as the two sides played to the strained stalemate . With tensions running high, especially after the first-leg game, the expertise of the legendary Mark 'Bob' Forde was welcome as he ran a tight ship to keep the game under control. Kemar Goddard (4th) opened the account for Youth Milan while Wotton had their rebuttal from Keion Hardings in the the 8th.

The Premier League comes to an end today at the turf as champions, third-place and demotees will all be decided in this evening's play-offs.


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