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Avengers still on top

PR/EZRA STUART,

Added 07 December 2017

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YMCA’s Mark Murray moving away from Combermere’s Nathan Tempro (left) and Jaden Clarke. (Picture courtesy the Barbados Hockey Federation)

Williams Industries Avengers edged Monster All Stars 3-2 to remain in pole position when the Barbados Hockey Federation’s Men’s Division One League Tournament continued at the Hockey Centre, Wildey, on Sunday.

The match was fast-paced from the touch-off with Avengers’ James Gooding beating All Stars’ goalkeeper Dario Greenidge in the 19th minute with the last touch from a penalty corner to give his team a 1-0 half-time lead.

Nine minutes after the restart, Shomari Inniss extended Avengers’ lead with his signature forehand strike from the right side to the dismay of Greenidge.

All Stars’ Damien “Woody” Downes pulled back a goal just one minute before the end of the third quarter, with an entertaining spin and release shot past Avengers’ goalie Diego Thompson.

Substitute Shaile Babb gave Avengers a 3-1 lead in the 56th but All Stars forced a deliberate infringement from Avengers’ defender Omar Walker.

This resulted in a penalty stroke being awarded which All Stars’ defender Marlon Daniel converted in the 58th minute, but Avengers held on to secure the win.

In another match, Empire thrashed Maple 5-0 with junior national Peter Alleyne scoring in the eighth and 54th minutes.

Former Trinidadian junior national Joel Bodkin also netted in the 15th and 43rd while Che Warner made a 42nd  penalty corner conversion.

Second-placed YMCA blanked Combermere School 6-0, courtesy of a hat-trick from former Eastern Stars captain and veteran national defender Mark “Corey” Murray, with his signature penalty corner strikes in the 22nd, 28th and 56th minutes.

Supporting him were teammates Rico Bourne (24th), Dexter Clarke (44th) and Timothy Parris (54th).

UWI Blackbirds showed the strength of their full squad by shutting out Combermere School Old Sholars 2-0.

UWI forward Jamal “P.B.” Graham took advantage of an early defensive lapse by CSOS, beating custodian Theo Farley in the seventh minute. Young Ryan Burke mirrored Graham and touched one past the line in the 19th.

Unfortunately, Barbados Defence Force failed to show for their fixture against Deacons to lose by default

In Saturday’s key match, Avengers edged UWI Blackbirds 1-0 through a second quarter penalty corner conversion from national forward Che Roach in the 21st minute.

CSOS also defeated perennial rivals Maple 3-1 while second placed YMCA salvaged a 1-1 draw against Massy United Insurance Empire.

Combermere School also thrashed BDF 7-3 while Deacons scolded BUT 14-0 as former senior national Jamar Lashley notched a beaver rick in the 22nd, 38th, 42nd and 43rd minutes.

Derwin Burrowes got his hat trick with goals in the 24th, 36th and 39th minutes. Young national hopeful Terrence Edwards (13th, 55th), Donico Codrington (50th, 57th) and Javier Wharton (16th and 44th) scored braces while Shonkeel Wharton (27th) was also on target. (PR/EZS)

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