The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) recorded their third win of the season with a 4-2 victory against Deacons FC last night as the Coca Cola Premier League continued.
And while the soldiers were up, Deacons came from behind to register two second-half goals, the latter an own-goal on the soldiers part, much to their chagrin.
Starting the 7 p.m. game, the St Ann’s Fort side, sporting a new red kit with each player’s name and number emblazoned on their backs, the BDFSP known for their speed, versatility and resilience collected the first goal off the boots of Akeem Hill in the 11th minute.
A few minutes later, Raheim Sargeant, standing in as captain in the absence of Shane Codrington who was red-carded in the previous game against UWI Blackbirds, cross should have settled into the side netting was deflected by Deacon’s Kevon Allsopp.
Omani Leacock collected the rebound in front of goal, which bounced off the keeper, before Jules, who was nearby, saw his shot also bounce off of Alsopp.
Six minutes later, Jules crossed the ball from the right flank to Hill, who passed off to Leacock, who in turn hammered a shot from the top of the box into the back of the net to put the soldiers up two.
As the clock struck the half-hour mark and the showers opened on the Turf, Allsopp advanced off his mark to challenge Jules who sailed over him. The keeper realizing his error did not attempt to recover and Jules cheekily walked the ball over the line and into the back of the net.
Jules went on to pocket two more goals for his side, but they were both ruled offside by referee Adrian Goddard.
Seven minutes into the second half, Ranaldo Trim recorded the soldier’s final goal of the night with a long shot, before the game started to break down and turn into an all-out scrimmage. And while Deacons took several shots, Saheka Duke, who was standing in for an injured Kishmar Primus, stopped every ball sent his way.
But in the 82nd minute, captain Keon Atkins managed to tap in the ball past Shaulon Collymore, Rashad Smith and Duke, before Hill recorded an own-goal two minutes before the final whistle to give Deacons something to celebrate.
The nightcap game between Crane and Equipment Ellerton and Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame saw the St George side register their first win of the tournament with a 2-0 victory.
Dario Harewood opened the scoring, tapping the ball over the line in the 13th minute before an unmarked Shaquan Clarke got the ball past the keeper in the 89th at the far post to seal a much-needed win for Ellerton.