Two hat tricks and a brace were the order of the night when the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) slaughtered Kick Start in last night’s Capelli SuperCup action at the Wildey Turf.
The soldiers delivered three goals five minutes apart as the game kicked off, with Omani Leacock opening in the first 20 seconds. He was followed by T-Shane Lorde who collected a through ball in the fifth, before securing his brace in the 11th.
Kick Start saw their first substitution four minutes later when Jody Greene retired with a hamstring injury and Renaldo “Pee Wee” Gilkes graced the field.
As the BDFSP maintained the greater possession and Kick Start, led by Gregg Mandeville, kept pace with the soldiers, Lorde brought up his hat trick in the 27th minute off a corner kick. Utility man Raheim Sargeant stole the ball and Lorde collected the cross, scoring from inside the box.
Kent Hall found the consolation goal in the 29th minute, off his left foot and past the Tridents senior men’s first pick keeper Kishmar Primus, finishing at the near post, drawing celebrations from both the Kick Start bench and some spectators in the bleachers.
With renewed confidence, Hall and Jared Cox double teamed Sargeant two minutes later. They managed to steal the ball, but Cox’s shot on target went wide much to their dismay. However, Nicholas Best went on to score his first of his hat trick heading into half time.
As soon as the second half began, an injured Sargeant and Akeem Hill were substituted with Tavio Norville and Jamal Brathwaite, before Best deposited his brace from a set-piece.
Rashad Jules, who was unable to finish any of his four-goal attempts, was then substituted with Damario Ward and head coach Asquinth Howell made a change in formation. The game then slowed its pace, which saw Kick Start desperately try to get another goal on the score sheet.
Twenty-seven minutes after Best’s brace, the midfielder secured his hat trick off a corner, before Leacock went on to secure his brace from inside the goal area in the five minutes before the end of regulation time, to send the soldiers back to St Ann’s Fort with a pep in their step to keep them at the top of Group E.
In a much quieter nightcap game, the St Andrew Lions defeated Cosmos 2-0 to take the lead in Group F in their final qualifying game.
Darico King opened for the Lions in the 15th minute. After that, some excellent goalkeeping from Cosmos’ keeper Lashawn Hinds kept their rivals at bay.
However, after numerous attempts, Jamol Williams was finally able to make one last roar for the Lions, in the 77th, to give them the victory and send Cosmos back to their base minus goals and points.