The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) dispatched Scotty’s Car Rentals St Andrew Lions 4-1 to kiss victory in their final Championship Stage Group 3 clash of the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup last night.
The first encounter of the night began fast-paced with the soldiers dominating the Wildey Turf, despite not having any clear chances in the first 15 minutes.
However, Lady Luck handed the most feared team of the tournament an opening when referee Rudy Archer signaled a foul in the penalty area.
Midfielder Rashad Jules stepped up to the ball and nonchalantly converted the penalty to put the soldiers ahead.
Two minutes later Archer awarded the St Ann’s based side another penalty after the Lions made a deadly tackle in the box.
This time, the ever-present Omani Leacock stepped up to take the kick. But much to the surprise of everyone in attendance, he cheekily squared the ball to Renaldo Trim, who slammed the ball in at close range, causing the stadium to erupt at Leacock’s boldness.
The Lions best chance to pocket the ball in the first half came after BDFSP goalie Kishmar Primus fouled Shamar “Buju” Edwards in the penalty area with a shoulder barge which caught him midsection, causing Archer to award the St Andrew side a spot-kick.
Darico “Helmet” King stepped up to the ball and as he kicked the ball to the right from 12 yards out, Primus dove in the same direction saving the ball and giving the soldiers a comfortable 2-0 lead at halftime.
As the second half continued the game turned very intense and the Lions got their consolation goal in the 50th minute when Edwards headed in a cross off the boots of Zico Greaves much to the delight of the fans in the bleachers.
While the crowd was still celebrating the Lions' breakthrough, utility man Raheim Sargeant fired an excellent strike at close range for the soldiers past keeper Sadrian Ward, creating a stir across the stadium.
Jules was then yellow-carded in the 63rd minute for failure to respect the required distance when play was restarted with a free-kick, causing both players and the stadium to protest Archer’s decision.
Disaster then struck for the Lions, bringing them down to ten in the 66th minute when Justin White was red-carded, after being shown a yellow card six minutes before. Archer did not hesitate and dipped into his back pocket after White denied Leacock a clear goal-scoring opportunity by pulling him back while he was headed to goal.
Six minutes later Leacock was also red-carded after he was found guilty of violent conduct for striking Edwards, also forcing the BDFSP down to ten men.
But the mishap and the slippery surface created by the rains however failed to cause the soldiers despair and Jules showing his speed, cut across from the right side and prodded home the ball with his left foot to record his seventh goal of the tournament.
Meanwhile, in the nightcap game, front runners Weymouth Wales registered their 29th goal of the tournament when they beat UWI Blackbirds 3-0 in their last encounter in Group 1 of the Championship Stage.
Ray Snaggs collected the ball and perfectly controlled it, followed by a superb turn and hook driving home the ball to record the first goal of the game in the 25th minute.
Three minutes later center back Ramar Miller captured the first of his brace when he caught a deflected corner off of Romario Harewood to deposit at near post, despite the keeper’s best efforts.
Five minutes later Miller recorded the final goal of the night with a ballerina-like spin which sailed into the back of the nets to give the Green Machines another victory and clean sheet in the tournament.
BDFSP, having topped Group 3 will now face Pride of Gall Hill in the quarterfinals, while the Lions will have a date with top scorers Ellerton. Additionally, Wales will face Paradise, while UWI will meet Empire in the quarterfinals which begin next weekend.