St. Andrew Lions finally roared in their last game of 2018
After a well-deserved three-week break, the Barbados Premier League is set to pick back up this coming weekend. With the last games of 2018 playing in mid-December, the island's top tier gets going again after its first resumption since the season switch.
Going into the hiatus with Empire Club and two-time defending champions, Weymouth Wales at the top of their respective groups, the fight for supremacy is expected to be even fiercer going into the new year. With everyone playing the first of their out-of-zone games prior to the end of the year, all teams are on six games.
In Zone 1, Wales run things with 11 points after winning three and drawing two of their six games. The University of the West Indies Blackbirds are in second place with an even spilt of two wins, two draws and two losses for eight points.
Top-flight debutantes, RBC Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy and sophomores, Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring are both also on eight points for third and fourth place in the standings. They also have identical statistics to the Blackbirds but goal-difference set the three apart.
Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame are fifth on the ladder with five points after winning just one of their games. The rest of their points have come from two draws while they have lost the other three games. Brittons Hill United are at the bottom of the barrel after just two draws in six games.
Zone 2 sees Empire up front with 15 points from five wins and a loss. Last year's Stag Beer Champions Cup winners, Paradise FC are second as the only unbeaten team left in the competition. They have 12 points from three wins and three losses.
The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme have some work to do to get back to their winning ways from third place. They have three wins, two draws and a loss for 11 points and some space ahead of Youth Milan. The St. Lucy team have found it hard going since returning to the Premier League and have only two wins, a draw and three losses for their seven points.
Crane and Equipment Ellerton and Scotty's Car Rentals St. Andrew Lions round out Zone 2 with six and four points respectively. Ellerton have one win, three draws and two losses for their points, while the Lions ended the year with their first win, a 2-0 result over Wales, a draw and four losses.
Action begins on Saturday with a triple-header. Brittons Hill have a date with Youth Milan at 5:00 PM, Porey Spring see Paradise at 7:00 PM, and Ellerton square off against the Blackbirds at 9:00 PM. On Sunday, The Dames and the Lions kick things off at 4:00 PM, while Empire and the Soccer Academy cross swords at 6:00 PM. The nightcap at 8:00 goes to Weymouth Wales and the Sports Programme.