The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) marched over Abrahams United Silver Sands 7-0 tonight to take their first victory in the Championship stage of the inaugural Barbados Football Association’s Capelli SuperCup.
The soldiers wasted no time and kicked off hard. A hat-trick off the boots of Rashad Jules, a brace by Nicholas Best and a lone goal each from Antonio Arthur and utility man Raheim Sargeant were enough to give them a solid footing leading up to the quarterfinals.
Both Silver Sands and BDFSP passed the ball around in the first 15 minutes of play, but three minutes later Best struck when a defender and Silver Sands goalie collided right in front the goal bars. Best seeing the opportunity capitalized on the mishap and walked the ball into the back of the net, much to the opponents’ dismay.
Best struck again 13 minutes later, collecting a cross from Jelani Keizer over on the touchline before beating the keeper right in front the bars. Three minutes later, Jules picked up a cross from Akeem Hill and pocketed calmly into the back of the nets, giving the soldiers a 3-0 advantage at half-time.
Silver Sands, who had stated they intended to take three points or one from their encounter with the soldiers failed to get on the scorecard, despite the many chances they had.
Five minutes after referee Kevon “Inches” Clarke signaled the start of the second half, substitute Antonio Arthur delivered a stunner from inside the box. Not ten minutes later Jules came back with a sliding tackle in front of the goal, catapulting the ball into the back of the nets.
While the soldiers also failed to make good on some of their chances, they did not let that faze them, and they turned up the heat on Silver Sands, who seemed to have all but given up.
Sargeant got his name on the scorecard in the 70th minute with a close-range shot, off a cross from Arthur. And Jules, with a glancing header at the far post, sealed the deal for the soldiers in the 76th with a clean sheet.
In the first matchup, Ellerton and Pride of Gall Hill played an aggressive game. However, the St George-based side came out on top 2-0 at the end of the regulation time.
Damien Walcott got his name recorded just as the final whistle was blown to signal half time, but not before six yellow cards were dished out and Gall Hill’s Ramon Rollins was given the boot.
As the second half got underway, Shaquan Clarke captured his seventh goal, to land him at the top of the goal-scoring table, in the 51st, before another three yellow cards were delivered to his teammates, bringing the total for the night up to nine.