BARBADOS WAITED until the final game of the Windward Islands Football Association Men’s Football Tournament to pull out all the stops, scoring a comfortable 2-0 victory over newly crowned champions Grenada at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium Thursday.
Notre Dame’s Akeem Hill, Jamal Chandler of Paradise, along with the United States-based players goalkeeper Keasel Broome of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds and Rashad Jules of Tulsa Football Club, all of whom played in the last match, did not make the starting 11.
Coming into the starting line-up were Barbados Defence Force goalkeeper Dario Weir, Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme defender Shane Codrington, and Paradise FC forward Mario Williams.
The Bajan Tridents, who maintained greater possession throughout the game, opened the scoring in the eighth minute with Zeco Edmee justifying why he was awarded this year’s Digicel Premier League golden boot award, with a long shot that settled in the back of the net after intercepting a bad pass from Grenada’s captain Jake Rennie. With a lot more purpose and some very impressive foot work, the local boys pressured the Spice Boyz, ending the first half 1-0.
In front of a practically sold-out crowd, who chanted and beat drums,
Barbados came back in the second half, just as effective as in the first, with the formidable combination of Morvant Caledonia’s Shaquille Belle and Edmee seeming to strike fear in the Grenadian defence.
While the Spice Boyz tried their best to shut down the Tridents defence and attack, their passes in this game were weak, even after many attempts to net the ball by striker Saydel “Trigger” Lewis.
The undisputed highlight of the match came when Grenada’s striker Rickson Phillip fired a shot towards Weir from just outside the penalty box. Although Weir stopped the ball on his chest, it would have settled in the net had it not been for some quick action by Tulsa’s centre back Ricardio Morris who kicked the ball halfway across the field.
The last goal of the match came in the 65th minute, after Harte, playing the ball on the byline, sent it straight past the keeper, Jason Belfon, and into the back of the net.
Even with three changes made during the game, and three extra minutes in the second half, the Bajan powerhouses were unstoppable, and they ended the tournament on four points.
Grenada took the top spot with seven points, with Dominica ending on six points as the only undefeated team, and St Lucia was third with five points. While St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados both ended on four points, St Vincent had the better goal difference which left Barbados in the cellar position. (RA)
Adapted from nationnews.com