Reigning Premier League champions, Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) dismissed Wotton FC 3-0 as this year’s Coca Cola Premier League continued last night.
The first game featured in this month’s Courts Ready Cash Super Sunday saw the soldiers add three more points to their tally to land one point behind front runners Weymouth Wales, who secured no points this weekend after being thrashed 3-2 by Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame the previous night.
Nicholas Best was ready for the challenge against one of this season’s newest promotes in Wotton, who have had some pretty good runs thus far. Best was the first to get his name on the score sheet in the 19th minute off a cross from Rashad Jules. Wotton’s custodian Paul Doughty tried to intercept the play but was too slow and Best walked the ball into the back of the net
The second goal involved the same two finishers, Jules and Best. Jules tapped the ball back to Best in the box who tapped it down and slotted past Doughty in the 36th minute to put the St Ann’s Fort side up heading into half time.
While the game continued slowly as the second half continued, Ja’von Austin was handed his second yellow card in the 70th minute for serious foul play. But he had to be stretchered off the field and eventually hobbled to the dressing room with the assistance of the team medic and another player.
And even with the disadvantage, Wotton failed to capitalize on the soldiers’ downfall. In fact, the soldiers stepped up and pressed into action with Saheka Duke, who is still standing in goal for an injured Kishmar Primus, dazzling the crowd with his brilliant saves.
Wotton’s best chance on goal with a cross off the boots of Darian King and a shot by Zico Phillips was deflected off the goal line by Ackeem Hill to maintain their clean sheet.
Then in the 91st minute, BDFSP’s substitute Stefon Elliott cleared a charging Doughty to steady himself at the top of the penalty arc to finish superbly at near post.
Also gaining ground was the newly promoted Deacons who registered a 2-0 win over Crane and Equipment Ellerton.
Keon Atkins converted a penalty with a dummy, sending Jamar Brewster to his left while he pocketed right in the 35th minute, before Shaquan Haynes registered the final goal of the game in the 64th minute with a brilliant turn and shoot from inside the box.
And while Brewster managed to save some balls to keep the score line low, even with partnerships between Shaquan Clarke and Captain Shakille Belle, the two failed to get their shots into the back of the nets for Ellerton.
Paradise walked home empty handed suffering their second defeat of the season, this time by the boots of Empire to settle for a 2-1 loss.
The Yellow Submarines failed to take advantage of a free kick and a set piece from at the top of the box. Captain Armando “Sugar” Lashley passed off to Ramon Manning, but Tito Beckles’ finish went just wide of its marker.
Paradise, who seemed set on not allowing any goals, saw custodian Jason “Barbers” Boxhill brilliantly saving a long shot by Luciano Cigno much the Argentine’s disbelief.
But Cigno showed his Argentine skill converting a penalty when Dwight Pope took down Empire’s Jahiem Neblett inside the box. Boxhill stood no chance as he fell right and Cigno delivered on his left, spurring a jubilant celebration both Cigno and his teammates in the 42nd minute.
Boxhill stopped quite a few more chances for Empire, but they weren’t enough before Neblett got his revenge in the 66th minute and delivered past an advancing keeper.
Trinidadian Shackiel Henry managed to pull one back for the Dover boys in the 78th minute, just before Empire's Captain Omar Primus was unceremoniously booted from the field of play.