Mario Harte netted for UWI against Rendezvous. (FILE)
All bets were on newcomers Mark’s Auto Spares Porey Spring to take the victory against Home Improvement Hardware Compton Tuesday, as the action continued in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League, but at the final whistle the teams walked away with a draw.
In what was thought to be the more exciting of the two matches in Zone 2 at the Empire Club, midfielder Shakir Skeete set the pace when he drew first blood for the underdogs Porey Spring via a cross in the sixth minute.
However, Compton, showing that they were not going down without a fight, equalised in the 29th minute through Shakiyl Cox. While both teams fought hard, they ended the first half 1-1.
Determined to walk away the winners, Porey Spring were once again on the mark in the second half, securing their second goal in the 81st minute from Shamar Edwards. Not to be outdone, Compton came back eight minutes later, through a second strike from Cox.
Try as they might, the two teams failed to break the deadlock and the game ended 2-2.
While the crowd was not as big as on opening night, fans came out to support their teams, with Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to Barbados, Gustavo Martinez Pandiani, making an appearance for the first game.
The opening match saw University of the West Indies Blackbirds and Rendezvous playing to a 1-1 draw.
Midfielder Renaldo Bignall scored a superb corner for Rendezvous in the 30th minute.
Blackbirds secured their goal in the 38th minute after Jamario Worrell’s lob found Mario Harte’s head in the 18-yard box and he beat keeper Romaine Primus. (RA)