It was a walk in the park for Premiere Classe Paradise FC as they ended their matchup against Abrahams United Silver Sands 2-0 in last night’s continuation of the Coca Cola Premier League.
While the games remained goalless at the end of the first half, two late second-half goals gave the Yellow Submarines three more points to add to their total.
As the second half rolled around, Ackeel Applewhaite was subbed out for recent transfer Jabarry “Pappy” Chandler in the 59th minute. But it wasn’t until the 83rd that Chandler was able to secure his first goal for the Dover side in his debut match.
Six minutes later, another recent transfer, in long-standing footballer and former national captain, Mario Harte found the back of the net. With a playback from Elijah Downey, Harte was able to slide the ball straight through the keeper’s legs, past a defender, and into the back of the nets.
The second game of the night saw Empire and Deacons play to a 0-0 draw, but not without incident, giving the Mighty Blues their roughest game of the season thus far.
Kemar Holligan and Omar Primus were both issued yellow cards at the end of the first half. Following their return to the pitch, they were issued red cards by referee Edwin Adams, bringing the Mighty Blues down to nine men.
Holligan took one for the team bringing down a defender. And while he was applauded for his efforts by spectators, a free-kick was awarded to Deacons two yards outside the penalty box. Ex-Wales striker Reviere Williams was unable to convert the ball which went over the top of the wall and out to touch.
But even with the deficit, Empire was able to maintain a tight defense and new goalkeeper Mario Albert was able to stop all Deacons attempts at goal.
This now means that Empire will face Silver Sands without two key members of their backline.
In the nightcap game, Weymouth Wales may have won the battle against Wotton 1-0, but it was not without effort.
The nightcap game in the Coca Cola Premier League began at a steady pace, but 13 minutes into the match, referee Edwin Admas showed Wotton’s goalkeeper a red card for a challenge outside the box against Wales’ Ray Snagg.
With Wotton down to ten men, Wales was still unable to get past the Christ Church side well-organized defense and substitute keeper Rashawn Ifill.
But in the 43rd minute, Romario Harewood was able to pocket Wales’ lone goal of the night against the run of play. Ifill dove to stop the ball which went just outside his grasp. Rico Forde realizing what was happening slid in to block the shot, but it inadvertently struck Harewood’s leg and trickled over the line.
That was all the goals Wotton was prepared to allow Wales. As they reemerged in the second half, they made a good representation for themselves, despite being a man down, to quickly cut Wales down to size.
And while the Green Machine dominated the field on possession and had a number of climbing shots, they failed to find the back of the nets by the time the final whistle was blown.