Galaxy crumble to 360
NULOOK 360 CONNECTION sent a loud message to the rest of the teams when the LIME Pelican Football Challenge continued Sunday at the National Stadium.
The 360 Connection side made light work of De Pier Sportstown Galaxy, with a 6-1 margin.
Emmerson Boyce 5th Avenue Fashions Bajan Elite secured three points with a 2-0 win over Scotty’s Tech 4 Less Combined All Stars and last year’s finalists Phoenix Toyota UFO Fire House edged Red Tridents 2-1.
In the opening encounter, Bajan Elite, waited until the second half to gather their goals.
Raymond Hope scored in the 53rd minute with a fine piece of skill as he weaved through the Combined All Stars defence and then hit his left foot shot into the left corner.
New acquisitions Jeffrey Williams and Reviere Williams combined for the second goal. Jeffrey played a delightful ball through the heart of the All Stars defence and Reviere “toe poked” his effort past the diving Terry Smith in goal.
The second game could be called the Dwayne Stanford show, as his second half hat-trick propelled 360 Connection to a major victory. Kyle Gibson started the goal rush in the third minute, comfortably slotting into the bottom left hand corner after being played through one-on-one with goalkeeper Richard Corbin.
Corbin was forced to leave the field in the 40th minute after a collision with an opponent. His replacement Anthony Rollins was faced with constant bombardment, and in the 47th and 50th minutes Brittons Hill F.C young midfielder Rommell Bynoe completed a brace.
Antoine Corbin offered Sportstown Galaxy some measure of hope, comfortably finishing from inside the area in the 57th minute but it was just after this that Stanford turned up to the party.
Stanford’s first strike was one of class and precision, as he curled a 30-yard free kick beyond the clutches of Rollins in the 68th minute. In the 75th minute, Gibson turned provider as he went by two opponents on the right and squared the ball back for an unmarked Stanford to score the easiest of goals.
Four minutes later, The Lodge School student Nicholas Jones was brought down in the area and Stanford easily scored from the spot, sending Rollins the wrong way.
The feature match saw Fire House conceding a goal as early as the fourth minute. Sherwin Success danced his way inside his marker and shot with his right foot, narrowly beating Greg Jones.
Fire House levelled in the 13th minute when new boy Shane Cox, unmarked at the back post, nodded in a cross from skipper Norman Forde.
Despite being down a player, they grabbed the lead in the 65th minute through a left-foot shot by Kemar Bartlett.