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Soldiers march all over Dames


Andi Thornhill

Soldiers march all over Dames

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The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) give orders and others are forced to comply.
Bayland-based Notre Dame will concur after being mashed 4-0 by the massive Government boots in the KFC Knockout football semi-final at the National Stadium on Sunday.
You would hardly expect to find an outlaw in the ranks of the Barbados Defence Force but some argued that crack shot Mario Harte should have been put on the most wanted list after netting seven goals in their last match.
So while Notre Dame had their dragnet out for Harte, it was Romario Harewood who swept in from the right flank to steer the ball past custodian Carlisle Gill in only the sixth minute to give the soldiers the lead.
The BDFSP, who apparently came with orders to shoot on sight, added a second in the 13th minute when Raheem Sargeant sprang the Dames’ offside trap and scored.
If you set out to play a high line, you must be able to fall back quickly to fill the holes created at the back or you could be punished.
Dames’ woes were compounded when they lost experienced centre half John “Nobby” Parris through injury ten minutes from the break.
The inevitable occurred six minutes into the second half when Harte, pacing down the left, picked his spot and beat the goalkeeper in the far corner.
Substitute Chai Lloyd administered the final rites with a delicate finish in the 80th.
Dames also lost the skilful and industrious Hadan “Fatty”Holligan late in the piece but by then there wasn’t any need to raise a white flag to surrender – the demolition job had been completed by the merciless troops from the BDFSP.   
There were times in the mid 1980s when Paradise and Weymouth Wales played some epic battles.
Both teams were uncompromising in their quest for success. The big crowds were the beneficiaries of some wonderful entertainment.
It was probably asking too much for either team to turn back the clock but oh how they tried in the first semi-final.
They were purposeful and combative in midfield, like a fortress in defence and aspiring assassins in attack.
The uneven field was the only area that couldn’t compare to days of yore.
For all of their glorious efforts, the first moment of drama didn’t come until the 25th minute when Carl Joseph’s ferocious free kick from 22 metres  forced a hurried save from Paradise’s goalkeeper Jason Boxhill.
The territorial war was fought mainly in the midfield but it was only when either team used width and space on the flanks that there was any real offensive danger.
Jadia Clarke put Wales ahead in the 45th minute when Paradise failed to clear its defensive lines.
Paradise came out chasing the game needing to equalise but by pushing more men in attack extra space was left in the middle for Wales to manoeuvre and frailties emerged in their defence.
Any counter could have compromised their position further.
It didn’t come to that but they couldn’t unlock their opponents door either, so Wales, as they did multiple times in their vintage years, marched into yet another final to face the lads in the Government boots.
 

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