Wales hand Milan walking ticket
WEYMOUTH WALES showed no mercy on two-time champions Youth Milan, booting them out of the Digicel Premier League with a 4-0 drubbing at the Wildey Football AstroTurf Sunday night.
The returning Dwayne Stanford, after completing a five-match ban, gave Youth Milan their ticket to Division One football next year with goals in the 50th and 84th minutes.
Ironically, Stanford had been out of action following a post-match fracas with Youth Milan’s defender Corey “Santa” Barrow when the teams met in the first round after the Checker Hall, St Lucy-based side had won only their second match of the season.
His double strike carried him to ten goals, just one fewer than the Premiership’s joint top goalscorers, Dayrells Road’s Tristan “Fishy” Parris and Gall Hill’s Jabarry Chandler.
Anthony Forde (52nd) and Kemar Headley (73rd) were also on target for Wales, who slipped into third position on 29 points.
It was the 12th loss in 17 matches this season for Youth Milan, who have been a fixture in top flight football for the past two decades after earning promotion in 1993.
The previous year, Youth Milan, who badly missed the services of injured midfielder Dwayne “Boot” Griffith this season, attracted one of the biggest crowds seen at the National Stadium for football when they lost 0-1 to Empire in the Knockout Cup final.
With former Barbados captain Norman Forde at the forefront, Youth Milan won the Premier League in 2006 and in 2011, while they were knockout kings in 2002 and 2009.
In the other Premier League match, a brace by Zico Edmee gave nine-time champs, Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame a hard-fought 3-2 triumph over DirecTV Paradise.
Edmee scored in the 13th and 36th minutes and Lester Vaughan schoolboy Hayden Holligan added another in the 23rd minute as the Dames led 3-0.
Armando “Suga” Lashley pulled back a goal for Paradise in the 40th but by the time Zomo Harris netted in the first minute (91st) of injury time, it was a little too late.
The Dames are fifth on 27 points and Paradise sixth on 25 points with each team having one match left.
Meanwhile, Gall Hill have moved on to the next round of the KFC Champions Cup after defeating Blackspurs 7-0 in their rescheduled match last Sunday evening.
Teenager Shaquille Boyce had a first-half hat-trick with goals in the 12th, 13th and 44th minutes as the Christ Church side led 4-0 at break.
Ryan Griffith’s brace came on either side of the half, in the 36th and 53rd minutes, and Chandler got in on the act late in the match with two more goals in the 64th and 88th minutes.
Gall Hill will take on BDF in their quarter-final cup match tomorrow at 8 p.m., while the Division One clash between UWI and Silver Sands will kick off at 6:30 p.m. (EZS)