Leading goal-scorer Armando Lashley making a move toward one of his goals on Sunday. He scored four against Barbados Soccer Academy.
It rained goals this weekend when the Barbados Premier League continued at the Wildey Turf on Saturday and Sunday. With the end of the road in sight, some teams have put their foot on the accelerator while some others seem to be running out of steam as the final rounds wind down. At the end of six games, 30 goals had rocked the nets over the two days of play.
On Sunday, Paradise FC had the biggest win on the night to see them secure their spot in third place in Zone 2. Coming up against the embattled RBC Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy, Skipper Armando Lashley opened up his lead on the rest of the contenders in the Most Goals race with a beaver-trick. His goals in the 13th, 28th, 45th and 89th minutes led his squad to a sound 8-0 drubbing of the top-tier debutantes. Goals from Shaquan Waldrond (18th), Mario Williams (47th), Dario Harewood (77th) and Sheran Hoyte (88th) brought up the total in the nightmarish outing for the BSA.
The Zone 2 leaders, Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme have an almost unassailable lead and continued their march to the championship playoff after thumping up Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring United in Sunday's nightcap. Finishing with a 7-1 scoreline, they had goals from Kamal Thompson in the 10th, Omani Leacock in the 17th and 43rd and Raheim Sargeant in the 23rd to see them to a hefty lead at the break. Going the other way, after T'Shane Lorde beat the Porey Spring keeper in the 53rd minute, the St. Thomas team pulled one back in the 64th through former Sports Programme player Damion Thorington. The final goals came 10 minutes apart with Stefon Elliot finding the nets in the 80th and Sargeant driving the final nail home in the 90th.
Right in the middle of everything, the University of the West Indies Blackbirds came from behind to displace the other last-placed team in the standings, Youth Milan. Silvius Stephens opened things for Youth Milan in the 19thbut Niall Reid-Stephen put the Blackbirds back in contention in the 27th. With Tramane Cobham (30th) and Reid-Stephen (44th) putting the ball in the back of the nets for UWI, Youth Milan were back in striking range once again when Antonio Griffith closed out the half with a goal in the 45th. It would be one-way traffic in the second as Kobe Shepherd (54th), Reid-Stephen (57th) and Nathan Worrell (86th) put the finishing touches on the victory.
There were less goals on Saturday, however, there were just enough to secure wins for two of the three teams. In their first Premier League game after returning from a solid showing in the Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield, Weymouth Wales proved that they had not lost their touch. Coming up against St. Andrew Lions in the first game, the two-time defending champions walked off with a 2-0 win with goals from Arantees Lawrence in the 14th and Hadan Holligan in the 63rd.
Game 2 saw Empire taking a two-goal win over the hot and cold Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame. Jabarry Chandler has fallen into some late form and continues to show it off. He opened the account for Empire in the 7th minute before Mario Phillips added a second in the 39th. Not to be left out, Dishon Howell brought the Dames back into the game with a goal of his own also inside the 39th minute. This game would be over in the first half as Chandler ended it with a brace in the 44th minute.
The nightcap saw Brittons Hill United and Crane and Equipment Ellerton splitting points with a goalless draw.