Pride of Gall Hill had their pride dented when the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) marched away with a 5-0 victory, booking the first spot in the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup semifinals.
Playing in some not so favorable conditions at the Wildey Turf due to the passing of a tropical wave, the soldiers playing minus Omani Leacock, who was red-carded for striking Shamar “Buju” Edwards in their last match up against the St Andrew Lions, got off to a banging start in the first quarterfinals encounter tonight.
The soldiers opened the scoring when the ball cut in on the left toward Rashad Jules in the third minute and he fired a low shot at near post, bringing his tally up to seven. As a result of the slippery conditions, the ball proved to be too much for Gall Hill’s custodian and it sailed right past him and into the back of the net.
Twenty minutes later, BDF’s Nicholas Best, who is currently on loan to the BDFSP, came in at the far post, to put the BDFSP up 2-0. Gall Hill’s defense broke down when Best fired a shot past keeper Jamal Clarke from 14 yards out, who left the far post exposed while trying to cover the near post.
Best, with an assist from Jules, deposited his seventh goal of the tournament to put the BDFSP up 3-0 in the 32nd minute. Jules playing down the right side, crossed the ball to Best inside the box and he causally sailed the ball over Clarke’s head straight into the back of the net.
Ten minutes later Jules, using his right foot, completed his eighth goal of the season to give his team a 4-0 advantage over Pride of Gall Hill when he got the ball over the top of the keeper. Akeem Hill, who minutes before was handed a yellow card, took a free-kick, played it brilliantly over the top of the defense, laying it on a platter for Jules who finished smoothly.
The BDFSP continued to show no mercy toward the very young Gall Hill team, but although they played their hearts out, it was not good enough. Their best shot on goal came at the beginning of the second half, but the goal went over the crossbars when goalie Kishmar Primus parried it over the crossbars.
Tragedy struck for the soldiers in the 62nd minute when skipper Shane Codrington was red-carded for denying an obvious goal-scoring opportunity right outside the box, bringing the team down to ten men and earned Gall Hill a free-kick which they once again failed to convert.
However, the reduction did little to deter the BDFSP and Codrington handed the captain’s armband over to utility man Raheim Sargeant. Substitute Rasheed Williams, from about 18 yards out, volleyed a right-footed bullet of a ball into the nets in the 82nd minute, after Antonio Arthur squared the ball back to him to cap off the game 5-0.
In the nightcap game, spectators were mystified when Scotty’s Car Rentals St Andrew Lions, playing minus Justin White who was red-carded in their last game against BDFSP, scored first on top ranking Ellerton. Sadrian Ward collected a deflected header in the box to volley into the back of the nets in the second minute of play much to everyone’s surprise.
That move seemed to upset the St George side and they failed to capitalize on any of their opportunities in the first half, as they were unable to find Shakille Belle, giving the Lions the advantage at the end of the first half.
However, the 15-minute break seemed to energize the Ellerton side and five minutes after their return to play, Dario Alleyne secured an own goal when he and Donavon Lavine collided causing the upset.
Ellerton remained dominant with 53 per cent of ball possession. Out of the 12 shots taken, six were on target but they only managed to pocket two, while the Lions who had three shots, had two on target and they pocketed one.
Six minutes later Shaquon Collymore replied for the Ellerton side with a cross from Belle, leaving the Lions unable to claw their way back. Clarke hammered home into the back of the nets, from about 14 yards out, putting them one up and giving them a much-needed win, securing his ninth goal of the tournament, to catapult them into the semifinal round with 33 goals.