Front runners Weymouth Wales ran away with a 6-0 victory over Notre Dames last night in the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup.
Head coach of Notre Dame, David Ward had previously stated that Wales was a strong team, but having coached them from 2017 to 2018 he knew how they played. However, the St Michael-based Dames were unable to field any goals, despite Ward giving constant instructions from the bench at the Wildey Turf.
The first goal in the Group A encounter came in the 22nd minute off the boots of Wales’ Renaldo Marquez, who managed to get the ball in at near post, but referee Trevor Taylor ruled it offside, much to the dismay of the fans who came out to support their respective teams.
However, sixteen minutes later, Romario Harewood was able to convert a penalty kick on the right. Hailed as one of last season’s Premier League prolific goal scorers, Harewood whipped the ball past Shakilo Kellman from about eight yards out.
Moments later, the Dames appealed for a penalty when Aaron Leacock went down on the left, but Taylor declined which drew a lot of protests from the stands and the Dames bench.
While both teams appeared unsettled in the midfield, it did not stop Wales from maintaining a high defensive level, which gave them the advantage heading into the half-time mark.
Nine minutes into the second half the game turned in favor of the Green Machine and Captain Hadan Holligan, finding himself in the right place inside the box was able to slide the ball into the back of the net, past an unsuspecting Kellman, sending the crowd into a frenzy.
Disaster struck ten minutes later for the Dames when Taylor dipped into his back pocket and handed Kellman a red card. A quick substitution followed and Tyrique Chase was subbed in for Mario St Hill.
But that did little to help Dames’ plight and from there the flood gates opened when Riverre Williams, one of this tournament’s top goal scorers stepped up to the plate and buried the ball into the top of the net to make the score 3-0 and capture his seventh goal of the competition.
It was all downhill from there as Dames fell apart. Even Dishon “Eto” Howell seemed to be off his game when his free-kick from about eight yards out went too high over the crossbars.
Wales took advantage of their opponents’ misfortune and Walton Burrowes was able to pocket two goals in the 77th and 84th minutes, before Ray Snaggs came in with a spectacular run up the left side and an assist from Antoine Greaves to seal the deal for Wales.
Meanwhile, in the earlier game, Empire shook down Paradise with a 3-0 victory.
In a very aggressive game, The Mighty Blues got on the scorecard as early as the 13th minute courtesy Ormando McLeod. Following a corner kick, there was a mad scramble in the box. Goalkeeper Jason “Barbers” Boxhill lunged for the ball, and McLeod was able to roll the ball past Boxhill and into the back of the net.
Moments later Paradise was unable to make good use of a free-kick and the ball went just wide of its mark after Chai Lloyd took an elbow to the back of his head.
In the 35th minute, Jabarry “Papi” Chandler deposited at the back post off a corner kick taken by Brazilian Daniel Calivi. Chandler was left unmarked in the box by all Paradise defenders and seized the golden opportunity to give his team the advantage.
The last goal of the night came off the boots of Calvi, who was able to get past Boxhill to give his team the win, sending them to the top of Group 4.