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BDFSP, Wales still in lead


NICHOLAS MAITLAND

BDFSP, Wales still in lead

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Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) and Neighbourhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales preserved their impressive leads at the summit of their respective zones with wins in out-of-zone fixtures on Sunday night in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League.

Zone 2 pace-setters BDFSP, despite having to play the final ten minutes with ten players, rallied late on to overcome Abrahams United Silver Sands 3-0, while defending champions Wales were made to labour for a 2-0 win oversimilarly depleted Crane & Equipment Ellerton to extend their advantage to seven points at the topof Zone 1.

In the first of two Premier League fixtures at the Wildey AstroTurf, BDFSP did not have an easy time against Silver Sands, certainly notin the first half.

Their southern opposition frustrated them for long periods but BDFSP’s possession and persistence eventually paid off right at the end of the first half in fortunate circumstances. Captain and goalkeeper Gabriel Layne raced off his line to claim a cross and after failing to do so, Rasheed Williams calmly headed BDFSP in front at a crucial time.

Silver Sands showed great courage in the second half as they tried to haul themselves back into the game. Referee Troy Thorpe awarded a spot kick in the 75th minute and playmaker Troy Johnson was entrusted with the equalising goal opportunity but his kick smacked against the crossbar and out of play.

Goal scorer and Man Of The Match Williams returned to hurt Silver Sands again.

This time, his cross from the right wing was headed down by Shakeel Browne for Damion Thorington to head past Layne for the two-goal cushion in the 82nd minute.

Rashad Smith was shown a second yellow in the 83rd minute and though they had to finish the game with ten men, BDFSP still created another opportunity in the 89th minute. Thorington was again a thorn in Silver Sands’ side, tapping in Rashad Jules’ pass for a three-goal win;three points won and a nine-point lead in Zone 2.

Weymouth Wales dispatched Ellerton 2-0 thanks to a brace from star midfielder Romario Harewood.

After a goalless first half, Harewood set the game alight with a precise free kick from just outside the penalty area in the 54th minute.

For the second successive league game, Ellerton were short a player when Javon Austin was dismissed in the 78th minute for his second bookable offence.

With a comeback unlikely for Ellerton, Harewood put the result beyond all doubt with his second strike in the third minute of stoppage time to extend their lead as well as their unbeaten start to the season. (NM)

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