A single goal from Romario Harewood was all it took to turn the tide for two teams when the Barbados Premier League continued yesterday evening at the Wildey Turf. In a clash that saw both champions from last season's competitions crossing swords, Weymouth Wales shook off a shadow that saw them losing four games on the trot by beating the previously-unbeaten Paradise FC.
After winning back-to-back Premier League titles, the woes began for Wales at the beginning of the cross-zone fixtures when they gifted Scotty's Car Rentals St. Andrew Lions their victory since coming up to the top flight. However, the Carrington Village-based team found their footing once again after the pundits had already written them off for this encounter.
Paradise were previously the only unbeaten team left in the competition and after nine games of coming away with points their run came to an end when Harewood put the ball in the nets in the 67th minute. With the ball coming down the right towards the southern end, Ray Snagg picked up a pass from Hadan Holligan before squaring the ball across the area to meet Harewood. Controlling with his right and then moving the ball to his left, the colourful midfielder put a shot in the back of the nets that beat three defenders and goalkeeper Jason Boxill.
Although there were two other wins on the night, teams were not very generous with the goals as Empire Club beat Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring, 2-1 in the first game and the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme bested Brittons Hill United, 1-0 in the nightcap.
In the Empire game, it was Under-17 national player Abiola Grant that opened things for the Blues in the 15th minute. Building the play on the left, Grant sent the ball in the middle to Daniel Calvi, who bounced a through ball into the area with his first touch for Grant. All the youngster needed to do was put a boot to it and he did – sending the ball to the far post. However, it came off the upright and Porey Spring keeper, Anthony Rollins could not get his hands on the ball and it went over the line.
Porey Spring would not go quietly into the night and were level again in the 22nd when Captain, Shaquille Stewart was given a similar pass at the other end. With only the Empire custodian, Oba Tucker ahead of him and defenders, Keymar Holligan and Omar Primus giving chase at the back, Stewart slotted past Tucker to find his eighth goal of the season.
Another Under-17 put the icing on the cake as Jahmali Hutson came off the bench in the 74th minute to stun Porey Spring with a screamer in the 80th. After a long pass from Shanoi Evans on the left found Calvi, he left the ball for Jabarry Chandler who pushed with the outside of his right boot to Hutson on the edge of the 18. The young forward put his left foot through the ball with his first touch to see a diving Rollins get a glove to it but the punch was not enough and the ball curled into the nets.
Although Empire would lose the services of Calvi in the 92nd due to a red card, Porey Spring was unable to come back from the devastating shot.
In the last game, it was a late one from national team captain Rashad Jules in the 77th that gave the soldiers what they needed to take the points over Brittons Hill. With Brittons Hill losing the ball from a throw in, Raheim Sargeant picked up a header from Rashad Smith and sent a long, high pass just inside the D of the 18 for Jules. With a marker applying pressure on the run, Jules calmly took the ball down with his left foot, let it roll into the box and fired at Nashton Browne, who had an otherwise spectacular night between the uprights.