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Ellerton books place in Championship Stage

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Ellerton’s Shakille Belle and Villa United’s Norrin Corbin were both the stars last night when their teams clashed at the Barbados Football Association’s Wildey Turf in their final matchup of Group D the Capelli SuperCup.

But in the end, it was Ellerton who came away the victors with an 8-2 win, to top Group D and book their spot in the Championship Stage.

With two clinical errors on the night, Villa gave their rivals two own goals in the third and 52nd minutes of the nightcap game. Ellerton gave their rivals an own goal as well and Villa made good use of a penalty kick to deny the St George team a clean sheet. 

However, Shaine Hermas got on the scorecards as early as the seventh minute when he beat Villa’s starting goalkeeper Omar Franklyn, before Javon Austin deposited an own goal off a header in the tenth levelling the scoreline. But that was short-lived when the fleet-footed Belle struck 15 minutes, later off a penalty kick, to put his side up 3-1 and secure his sixth goal of the competition.

Disaster struck for Villa three minutes later when Carlo Perry was handed the first red card of the game for spitting on Belle.

Long time footballer Cody Mark, playing his debut game in the Capelli Cup, pocketed for the St George side before Norrin Corbin came back in the 43rd to put his side up two goals off a penalty and also capture his sixth goal in the tournament.

Seven minutes into the second half, Belle made a superb cross in front of the box, but Javier Wharton collected it and deposited the second own goal putting Ellerton up 5-2. And if that wasn’t enough bad luck for Villa, Dave Taylor was red-carded for striking Shaquan Clarke 13 minutes later.

Ellerton sensing their advantage with Villa now two players down, saw Belle come in from the right and hit a strike which bounced off the crossbars, Sherland Roberts collected the rebound which was cleared by a defender, before Clarke’s feet found the ball and pocketed, sending the crowd in a frenzy.

Roberts then deposited another goal for Ellerton from right in front the bars in the 75th, before Shaquille Payne sealed the deal three minutes later with the easiest goal of the night to give Ellerton the upper hand.

Meanwhile, in the opening game, Youth Milan dug deep and as early as the fifth and seventh minutes, they were on the scorecard, compliments strikes from Jeffrey King and Romario Drakes, before Fitts Village’s Keshawn Haynes found the back of the net in the 24th.

It wasn’t until close to the end of the second half that two more goals were recorded, when Ramon Griffith put Milan up three in the 79th minute, before Javier Nedd replied in the dying minute of extra time to give his team a brace.

With their win, Milan now stands in second position on six points in Group B, while Fitts Village heads back to St James with no points having not won any of their qualifying matches.


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