Clayton’s Kola Tonic Paradise FC proved why they deserve to be in the winners’ row after dismantling Porey Spring Football Club 6-1 in the second encounter of the BFA’s Premier League Sunday Night Football action.
Dario “Ears” Harewood wasted no time and registered two goals on the scorecard in quick succession following shots in the tenth and 13th minutes. As the game carried on with Porey Spring trying their best to score a goal, Zico Phillips gave Paradise another goal in the 33rd, ending the first half with a 3-0 lead.
As the second half opened, Najee Holder pulled one back and pocketed a goal to give Porey Spring a much-needed goal. As they continued through the second half with a renewed purpose and commitment, it was still no match for Paradise.
The yellow submarines swooped in and registered a superb goal after goalie Jason Boxhill sent a 65-yard pass up the field, which was collected by Sheran Hoyte. Although he lost control momentarily, the 19-year-old who recently returned from trial in England, was able to regain his composure to walk the ball into the back of the net, while goalkeeper Ryan Hope was off his mark.
Porey Sprng continued the fight, but as they found it hard to break down Paradise’s defence, Hoyte landed the fifth goal of the night for the Dover based side in the 68th and Armando “Sugar” Lashley got his name on the score sheet in the 81st, to end the game as victors.
In the nightcap matchup Weymouth Wales and Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme, leaders of Zones 1 and 2 respectively, played a relaxed game like an easy Sunday stroll in their final crossover match.
Despite Wales maintaining the greater ball possession throughout, BDF’s offensive game was on point. The soldiers were playing minus the likes of national captain Rashad Jules and Shane Codrington, who both picked up a professional contract with Kemi FC in Finland recently, Raheim Sargeant and T-Shane Lorde. Similarly, Wales were minus Romario Harewood and Ray Snagg.
And while the BDF played a cautious game with little to no attacks, almost as though they were reserving their energy for the playoffs, Wales did not use the opportunity to their advantage, despite coming close to scoring a few times, ending their encounter 0-0.
Meanwhile, in the opening game of the night, University of the West Indies Blackbirds added three points to their tally to maintain second place behind Wales in Zone 1. Try as they might, Crane and Equipment Ltd. Ellerton FC was no match for the boys on the hill.
Although they were able to record a goal courtesy Shaquan Clarke in the 68th, it still wasn’t enough to defeat the Blackbirds, who ended the game 2-1, following a brace from Niall Reid-Stephen in the 23rd and 50th.