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BDFSP squash Pinelands

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Defending champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) cemented their place at the summit of the Digicel Premier League on Tuesday night when they made light work of bottom-placed Pinelands with a commanding 5-1 victory at the National Stadium.
BDFSP moved to 27 points as they handed Pinelands their seventh defeat of the season to leave them rooted at the cellar on five points.
The reigning kings never seemed threatened by their opponents and raced to a 3-0 lead in the first 45 minutes, thanks to goals from Tremaine Cobham (26th), Chai Lloyd (30th) and Mario Harte (40th).
Goals from winger Shamar Edwards in the 61st minute and Teriq Highland in the 70th minute sandwiched a 65th minute strike from Pinelands front man Arantes Lawrence.
In another top league match, Pride of Gall Hill came from a goal down to salvage a 1-1 draw with Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame after the Christ Church team were forced to play with ten men for about an hour after the dismissal of midfielder Bryan Bynoe.
The game was a pretty physical encounter, but referee Trevor Taylor displayed his authority and controlled situations that might have easily blown out of control.
Neither goalkeeper had much to do in the first half as most of the action took place in the middle third of the field. But the Dames broke the deadlock just three minutes after the break when some quick, intricate passing unlocked the tight Gall Hill defence and granted Zico Edmee an opening to hammer past Omari Eastmond.
When all three points seemed to be heading to the Bayland, Gall Hill grabbed a share of the spoils in the 84th minute. A cross from the left was mishandled by Dames goalkeeper Kareem Farrell and a lurking substitute Jason Goodridge slammed the ball home. (ROG)