Hat-tricks from Niall Reid-Stephen and national team captain Rashad Jules were the highlights of the night as goals rained at the Wildey Turf last night in the Barbados Premier League. With 16 goals rocking the nets, the trebles from the young players led their respective teams to victory as clubs picked back up their campaigns in the first zonal games of the year.
Reid-Stephen was first to complete the feat as he steered the University of the West Indies Blackbirds to a 6-0 win over Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring. The young lefty opened the account for the Blackbirds with back-to-back goals in the 22nd and 30th minutes. UWI skipper, Mario Harte was next in line and made it 3-0 with a shot in the 34th minute to round out the first half.
Reid-Stephen was at it again in the second and racked up his third in the 56th minute. After missing countless tries Jamario Worrell, finally got one to home in the 58th. Twenty minutes later, Axcel George was the man to drive the final nail in the coffin.
In the nightcap game the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme dropped a 7-0 bomb on Youth Milan to prove that the 12-0 win in their last game was no fluke. Here, Jules led the charge, opening the scoring in the 27th minute. Damario Ward had the second rolling in the nets in the 29th to see the soldiers closing out the half up by two goals.
After scoring a hat-trick in the last game, Omani Leacock added another goal to his tally with one in the 50th. If the 4-0 deficit were not bad enough for Youth Milan, an own-goal that came off Kadeem Frederick in the 59th made things even worse. With Jamal Brathwaite getting the soldiers up again in the 77th, Jules closed out the show with goals in the 89th and 90th minutes.
Right in the middle of things, Scotty's Car Rentals St. Andrew Lions got their first win inside their zone when they ended the six-game winning streak of Crane and Equipment Ellerton with a 2-1 result. Bruno Da Silva got Lions on the card first with a goal in the 23rd to see them to a slim lead at the end of the first half. Shakille Belle beat the Lions custodian Donte Hinds in the 73rd to bring things level again, but Shamar Headley tipped the scales in the Lions' favour in the 89th to clinch the win.