Premiere Classe Paradise remains at the top of the table with seven points following a 2-2 draw with the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) last night.
Playing in the nightcap game at the BFA’s Wildey Turf, as the 2020 Coca Cola Premier League continued, the soldiers were the first to get their names on the scorecard when Paradise’s Zico Phillips registered an own goal in the ninth minute of play.
The six-foot-plus towering defender went into the box to stop the ball, but made a clinical error and sent it into the back of the nets much to his team’s chagrin and the soldier’s jubilation.
And if that wasn’t bad enough, Rashad Jules came back three minutes later to add insult to injury on the left flank with a long cross from Rashad Smith.
The winger making the most of his speed collected the ball ahead of Paradise’s Akeene Browne, and hammered the ball into the far corner with his feared left foot, causing a stir in the stands and an unexpected two-step celebratory jig from the national captain.
And while the soldiers may have believed they were out of the woods, Jomo Harris gave himself a late birthday present when he collected a cross from Mario Harte off a set piece to deposit the ball calmly into the back of the nets, sending the spectators in the stands into a frenzy once again.
Even as the rains began in the second half, it did very little to dim the energy on both sides of the field. But disaster struck for the BDFSP when Omani Leacock was handed a red card by referee Adrain Goddard, reducing the soldiers to a ten-man arsenal.
Paradise took advantage of the deficit, because 13 minutes later, captain Armando “Sugar” Lashley sweetened the pot and equalized for the Yellow Submarines off a free kick to send both teams off on the same footing, but maintaining the lead.
Recent promotes Deacons and Wotton created quite the buzz in the opening game, with the Christ Church side walking away with a 2-1 victory.
Deacons drew first blood in the 51st minute when striker Riviere Williams danced past the keeper and landed his shot at the back of the net.
Sixteen minutes later, Rajohn Hawksworth made good use of a free-kick and managed to slide it under Kevon Allsop to equalize for his team.
Deacons was reduced to ten men when Keon Atkins was handed his second yellow card and sent off the pitch ten minutes later.
And Khalil Gill wrapped things up for his side when he dove low, collecting the ball from a free-kick and deposited it into the nets at the back post to seal the deal for Wotton.
In the 6 p.m. game, Weymouth Wales and Brittons Hill parted as equals with a 0-0 draw.
And while the Green Machine, who have registered two goals in three games, created eight chances, they did very little to capitalize on the opportunities and make good use of the shots on target, which were stalled as a result of Brittons Hill’s impressive defense.