NCC get better of Nation
NCC came from two goals down to eclipse the Saturday Sun Nation Publishing while Rayside Construction put up a wall that Brydens could not deal with when the respective Division 2 and 1 finals of the Barbados Commercial Football Association competition were staged on Sunday at Bagatelle.
Barrington Carrington scored in the tenth and Richard Broomes in the 20th to give Nation Publishing a two-goal advantage which suggested that they were going to avenge the drubbing which they had suffered in the first round of the knockouts at the boots of NCC.
However, national captain Norman Forde could not be denied and he booted home in the 25th minute for NCC.
Nine minutes later, Forde’s brother David Forde added a second goal to lock the scores and created some grief for Nation Publishing.
That agony was increased with some close misses and it was magnified when Corey Barrow scored in the 56th to hand the crown to NCC.
Nation Publishing players were forced to console themselves with Edson Gibson being voted the Best defender and Damien Williams picking up the Best midfielder prize.
Richard Corbin of NCC won the Best goalkeeper award as well and the Most Valuable Player title.
The Division 1 final lived up to its pre-game billing with Brydens’ Wilis Pilgrim, against the run of play, scoring in the 40th minute against the very stingy defence of Rayside.
Steve Watson responded in the 50th and Best midfielder and MVP Curtis Odle sealed the deal for Rayside to claim the top prize.
Numerous attempts to equalise and send the game into extra time were nullified by Rayside’s goalkeeper Kemar Hood, who at six feet six inches was a proverbial wall that Brydens could not breach after the early success.
Tournament organiser Trevor Thorne praised the teams for putting on a good show. (KB)