Porey Spring, Silver Sands in exciting draw
Lindelle Sandiford was the hero for Mark’s Auto Spares Porey Spring, snatching an unlikely 2-2 draw with the last kick of the game to deny Abrahams United Silver Sands victory in their out-of-zone fixture on Tuesday night in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League.
In a week of dramatic comebacks at the Wildey AstroTurf, Porey Spring came away with their fifth draw of a battling season, despite having to play the final 30 minutes of the game with 10 men.
The St Thomas-based outfit, who are fourth in Zone 2 with five points, opened the scoring through Deyonte Munroe, who slithered between defenders Romario Bryan and Rashon Inniss to finish neatly past Silver Sands custodian Gabriel Layne in the 13th minute.
Silver Sands drew level 15 minutes later after some excellent wing play from Donte McClean.
Receiving a long-range pass on the right wing and facing up left-back Marc Alleyne and a serious height disadvantage, McClean harassed his defender to the roar of the crowd and delivered a pin-point cross to Troy Johnson, who scored on his second attempt after his initial effort was saved by goalkeeper Anthony Rollins.
The teams finished the first half on equal terms with both teams coming close to taking the lead towards the conclusion.
Fifteen minutes after the restart, Porey Spring’s Alleyne was ejected for a tough tackle on McClean, prematurely ending the involvement of both players.
Silver Sands responded with Derrine Gale-Forde scoring the go-ahead goal in the 73rd minute. Fellow goal scorer Johnson’s precise cross, once again from the right flank, found his teammate perfectly to profit from their numerical advantage.
Despite their obvious hindrance, Porey Spring showed great character to avoid defeat. In the final minute of stoppage time, a lapse in concentration at the back for Silver Sands allowed Sandiford space in the box to stab the ball home from close range.
With the draw, Silver Sands moved off the bottom of the table over Empire Club into fifth in Zone 1 on eight points from their seven games.
Zone 1 leaders Neighbourhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales were awarded victory in the night’s other game over Zone 2 strugglers Rendezvous, who were unable to field a team. (NM)