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Wales cruise past Paradise


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Wales cruise past Paradise

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Reigning Champions Neighbourhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales continued their exciting start to the 2018 BFA Premier League season with a 3-0 steamrolling of Paradise FC, as top-flight football action returned home to The Wildey AstroTurf on Sunday night.

Also maintaining their 100 per cent record was the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) who prevailed 2-0 over arch rivals University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds, while Crane & Equipment Ellerton secured their first win of the season with a 3-1 success over Home Improvement Waterford Compton.

In the evening’s curtain raiser at the facility, Ellerton got off to a magnificent start when Shaquan Clarke evaded two challenges to plant his right-footed drive into the back of the net after nine minutes. Waterford Compton could barely muster a reply as they went into the half-time break trailing by a goal to nil.

It was not until the 71st minute that Compton would be able to make their long-awaited reply through a header at the back post by Kishmar Wade, assisted by a precise free kick by Eriq Puckerin on the right flank. The Waterford lads’ relief would last less than five minutes as an apparently harmless free kick just inside the Compton half by Zico Mascoll, looped over goalkeeper Oba Tucker’s head and into the net to restore Ellerton’s lead.

Eight minutes later, an Ellerton cross from the right would rebound off the post and with the goalkeeper stranded, Shadd Parris would bury the ball in the back of the net with a scuffed shot to give Ellerton a late and surely unassailable lead.

The St George team would have the opportunity to extend their advantage in stoppage time when Tucker fouled an Ellerton attacker in the penalty area. Luckily for him and his team, he denied Ellerton captain Rosean Brathwaite from the penalty spot.

Former Champions UWI Blackbirds were made to wait for their first victory of the season after they limped to a 2-0 defeat by BDFSP. After a goalless first half with the teams separated by sturdy defensive work by UWI, namely a fine penalty save from UWI custodian Liam Brathwaite denying Raheem Sargeant and a goal line clearance from the experienced Tito Beckles, the contest would see its first goal two minutes after the restart when BDFSP forward Kyle Gibson converted a cross from close range.

Gibson completed his brace right on the hour mark after capitalising on some confusion between defenders Beckles and Mustafa Haqq to race through to goal and slide his shot past the onrushing goalkeeper for his and BDFSP’s second of the night. The win keeps BDFSP on top of Zone 2 while Ellerton climb to second place.

The nightcap encounter at 8 p.m. between Weymouth Wales and Paradise FC was a chance for both teams to renew the rivalry from last year’s knockout final. A superb left-foot curler from Romario Harewood in the 12th minute would break the deadlock before new boy Rashida Jeffrey Williams added further gloss to the score in the 25th minute with a venomous volley with his right boot from a similar position on the inside right channel.

Hadan Holligan would finish off Paradise in the 62nd minute after a cross from Arantees Lawrence in a swift counter attack to satisfy the fully engaged crowd and keep Wales top of Zone 1 and condemn Paradise to their second consecutive 3-0 loss. (NM)

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