Ellerton cruised into the quarterfinals of the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli Cup last night, after a 9-1 massacre of Youth Milan, with captain of the St George side, Shakille Belle, registering his third hat trick of the tournament.
The St George side wasted no time in opening the scoring in the tenth minute when Shaine Hermas deflected the ball in at near post. Fourteen minutes later, the ball was squared on the left of the field and Romario Drakes once again put the team up.
The first penalty of the game was taken by Belle, who converted magnificently. He was fouled inside the box by a defender and as cool as a cucumber, he found his mark when referee Trevor Taylor signaled for him to kick.
Captain of the Under-17 National Team, Roshon “Speedy” Gittens proved why he was given his moniker when he found himself in a one-on-one with goalie Ivan Griffith. Gittens beat Scrubb on the line to deposit the ball right into the back of the net.
Seconds before Taylor blew the final whistle to signal the end of the first half, Belle once again delivered following a penalty to give his team a 5-0 advantage. After being fouled when Griffith delivered a sliding tackle in the box, Belle stepped up to the plate and failed to convert the penalty.
However, an unsuspecting Griffith was not expecting Belle to take advantage of the rebound and he was caught completely off guard and Belle was able to make good use of his left foot and find the back of the net.
Similar to the second penalty, Belle secured his hat trick in the 49th minute when Griffith came off the line and once again blocked his opponent’s ball. Making the same error and not looking for the rebound, Belle found it and made good use of the opportunity to secure his third hat trick of the tournament and put him up nine goals.
Not to be forgotten, Shaquan Clarke came in 25 minutes later and delivered his seventh goal of the tournament.
Trouble set in for Milan when Taylor dipped into his pocket and handed captain Shamar Atkinson a red card in the 80th minute for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity by holding the opponent outside the penalty area.
A minute later, Damien “Bobby” Roach swooped in and found the net off a free-kick, before John Ross-Benn, with a spectacular run up the right side beat the keeper and found the back of the net.
However, Milan, who initially needed to beat Ellerton 1-0 to advance to the quarterfinals was able to find their consolation goal off Kemar Goddard at near post.
In the earlier match-up between Empire and Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA), the Mighty Blues copped a 3-0 victory to advance into the next round of play.
As early as the first minute, front runner Zinio Harris was able to deposit a corner kick off a header from the left, before Jabarry “Pappy” Chandler collected a through ball from Abiola Grant to finish perfectly in the 12th minute.
Four minutes before half time, Harris once again stepped up to the plate and found the back of the nets off a left-side power shot to land his eighth goal of the tournament.