Notre Dame came out in full flight last night to cap off the opening of the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League with a 3-2 win over Empire.
Things did not look good in the Dames’ favor 30 minutes into the game when Dwayne Mars had to be stretchered off the pitch and onto the hospital with a dislocated shoulder. However, long-standing midfielder Trevor “Taz” Duffy-Mayers came in and took the reins, helping lead his team to their eventual win.
Four minutes later, lady luck shone on the Bayville, St Michael, based team and Aaron Leacock, who was impressive throughout last year’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup, drew first blood, slapping the ball into the back of the net from about 25 yards out.
Empire with some noticeable changes this season saw former Bagatelle and Barbados Beach Soccer goalie Mario “Super Mario” Albert return to the football field, following an almost two-year hiatus after surgery to his ACL. With the inclusion of two Argentine’s, brothers Fernando and Luciano Cigno and some younger blood in the ranks, the Mighty Blues will surely be a team to watch this season.
As the second half rolled around, Notre Dame’s Carl Joseph made no mistake off a cross from Zeco Edmee to deposit the ball at far post and past Albert in the 46th minute. Ten minutes later, Winston Maynard, collecting the cross from Joseph headed the ball straight into the nets at near post to put the Dames up three.
While things looked bleak for the Mighty Blues, who struggled with their defense, Zinio Harris was their lucky four-leaf clover. He pulled back two goals for his side in the 68th and 86th minutes, drilling the first goal into the top right-hand corner and collecting a cross off Romario Clarke down the right flank.
In the earlier games, recently promoted Deacons and Silver Sands had the most aggressive game of the night, with Deacons taking the lead 3-0.
Ricardo Carter and Keon Atkins secured goals in the 7th and 24th minutes heading into half time, before Atkins came back in the 53rd minute to seal the deal for the St Michael side.
Meanwhile, Brittons Hill pulled off a 2-1 drubbing against recently promoted Wotton, but not without a fight.
Antone Ellis and Donte Greenidge both secured superb goals in the 11th and 44th minutes respectively, before Wotton’s Marco St Hill was able to find a consolation goal in the 82nd minute for the Christ Church side.
The action continues tonight at the BFA’s Wildey Turf when Paradise go up against the St Andrew Lions at 4 p.m., ahead of Ellerton and the BDFSP at 6 p.m., before Weymouth Wales and UWI Blackbirds round off the night at 8 p.m.