BDF, UWI in Banks semis
The top four clubs in the island will contest the semi-finals of the Banks Champions Cup.
This was decided last Thursday night at the Wildey AstroTurf when the last two quarter-finals were played.
In the first clash, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) dismissed Dayrells Road 8-3, while in the second match the University of the West Indies (UWI) won 3-1 versus Porey Springs FC.
UWI advanced to the last four, where they will face the Defence Force. In the other semi-final, Weymouth Wales will clash with Rendezvous.
Dayrells Road are relegation-bound in the Division One league and if that is demoralising, then Thursday’s result certainly did the trick.
The BDFSP have potentially surrendered their league title and have set their focus on claiming the knockout competition.
The BDFSP onslaught was led by national winger Rashad Jules, who scored three times in the match, registering goals in the 15th, 49th and 78th minutes. He was assisted by Shaquille Boyce, who scored two goals within two minutes (88th and 90th) to do his confidence some good after a shaky debut season for his new club.
There were goals for captain Romario Harewood (tenth), Raheim Sargeant (38th) and Jamal Alleyne (83rd) to complete the goal rout for the Government boots.
Dayrells Road offered some early resistance, with goals from Jabarry Lucas in the 22nd minute and Shaquille Roach in the 47th minute. Lyndon Watson got a third and meaningless goal from a spot kick in the 63rd minute.
UWI wasted no time in getting their point across. Corey Barrow benefited from a defensive mistake and put UWI ahead with just seconds on the clock.
Porey Springs gave a creditable showing of themselves and were competitive for the majority of the first half, coming close to levelling a couple times.
The best of those opportunities came in the 40th minute when referee Ryon Small awarded a penalty kick for a suspected hand ball in the area.
Porey Springs’ Jamaican international Dario Stewart stepped up and was denied twice by national custodian Keon Harding who moved to his right to retain UWI’s slender one goal lead.
The boys from Cave Hill doubled their lead in spectacular fashion in the 53rd minute. A cross from the right was met by a timely run from midfielder Amal Mayers who powerfully struck home with his right foot from about 12 yards.
UWI put the game beyond the reach of their opponents when Dario Harewood headed home Mario Harte’s corner.