Reigning champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) went full flight over UWI Blackbirds and pocketed a 5-1 victory in the opening game of this evening’s Coca Cola Premier League.
Rashad Smith opened the scoring in the 27th minute to pocket a kicker of a goal for the soldiers. Minutes later Rashad Jules came in with a long shot from the center of the field with the hopes of doubling the score for the BDFSP, but it went up and over the crossbars.
Then in the 34th minute, the national captain slotted home past Blackbirds keeper Nashton Browne with a shot played from the inside. Less than a minute later, Jules once again found the nets, delivering his shot into the bottom right corner.
On the cusp of the half time whistle, Omani Leacock found his way into UWI’s defense and slotted home in the 44th minute to give the St Ann’s Fort side a 4-0 lead.
As the game continued, BDFSP maintained full control of the game when Nicholas Best delivered into the back of the nets, to land the soldiers their second win and biggest lead of the tournament thus far.
For a fleeting moment, things seemed to turn gray when Captain Shane Codrington was red-carded and sent off the field in the 60th minute. Then 14 minutes later Barbados’ number one custodian, Kishmar Primus, had to be stretchered off the field, but Joshua Rouse stepped in and rose to the occasion.
In the 79th minute, UWI’s Niall Reid-Stephen found the consolation goal when he managed to pocket a penalty kick in the 79th minute.
In the nightcap game, Wales defeated Empire 2-1.
Arjuan Browne found the back of his own nets in the fifth minute after Walton Burrowes lost control of the ball to give Wales the lead via an own goal.
And while Zinio Harris tried to find the equalizer from a penalty kick, the kick was weak and went wide and far off its marker. But it was Argentine Luciano Cigno who found the equalizer for the Mighty Blues in the 38th minute.
Both sides continued tit-for-tat, with no one finding the back of the nets. And while the fans got to their feet to celebrate the team’s second goal of the night, it was ruled offside much to their dismay.
Then substitute Ray Snagg, who joined the game in the 54th minute after debutant Nathan Skeete retired, came in in the 71st minute and took the lead much to the delight of the fans.
But Empire’s final efforts to equalize were for naught as the final whistle was blown to signal the end of the game.
Meanwhile, deacons pulled ahead of Brittons Hill 2-0 for their second win of the season when Shaquan Haynes and Keon Atkins delivered for the St Michael side.