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Empire stumped for their third loss of the season

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Crane and Equpiment Ellerton celebrating their fourth goal on Sunday night while a Empire keeps Oba Tucker lays prostrate in the background.

Trouble has reared its ugly head in the Empire as the former Group 2 leaders fell to a crushing defeat on Sunday night – their third of the season. Playing in the nightcap game at the Wildey Turf, the 'Blues' from Bank Hall crumbled in dramatic style as Crane and Equipment Ellerton shone brightly in the 4-0 clash.

With Empire missing several of their key players due to suspensions, Ellerton brought the goods on the night and got on the card early on. Presented with a corner kick in the 13th minute, midfielder Shaine Hermas sent the ball into a messy scrum in the box where it fell to the feet of central defender Damien Walcott. Walcott made no mistakes with the opportunity and put the ball in the back of the nets past a usually solid Oba Tucker.

In the 24th, a cheeky back-heel from Hermas caught the Empire defensive line off-guard and went all the way through for Romario Drakes to run up on it. With Rico Brathwaite getting back to put some pressure on Drakes, he was unable to make any meaningful impact and Drakes knocked the ball to the right of a rooted Oba Tucker at far post.

Just before the break, Ellerton extended their lead when a ball made its way through to skipper Shakille Belle. With Empire fullback Shanoi Evans in his way, Belle was able to fight him off to get in a shot. Tucker came off his line to deny the shot but was unable to hold on to the ball and the Belle was there to pounce on the rebound and finish in the 44th.

The situation would get no better for Empire in the second half as the team imploded on themselves. Squabbles among teammates and other things of the like saw the Blues self-destructing while Ellerton made the most of the situation. Belle would end the night on a brace as he drove the final nail in the coffin in the 82nd when he got himself into the box and gave his marker a couple of step-overs before blasting a shot past three defenders and Tucker.

The evening's first game saw two-time defending champions Weymouth Wales take an unimpressive 1-0 win over RBC Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy. An early goal in the 8th minute from Riverre Williams put Wales up but they were unable to extend their lead on a team that had been held to four consecutive losses prior to that game.


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