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Rendezvous denied Mark’s Auto Spares Porey Spring their first win of the season after twice coming from behind to share the spoils in an eight-goal thriller in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League on Saturday night.

Also involved at the Wildey AstroTurf were Empire, who completed a league double over Brittons Hill United with a 3-1 win while Neighborhood Care Pharmacy Weymouth Wales also did the double over Paradise and maintained their lead in Zone 1 with a comfortable 2-0 success.

Jomo Harewood’s hat-trick for Porey Spring was overshadowed by Romano Snagg’s similar return for Rendezvous and with Shaquille Stewart giving the St Thomas lads the lead late on, Christopher Shepherd Jr stole a point for Rendezvous with a 4-4 draw just as the fourth official was about to signal the amount of stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes.

Harewood scored as early as the fifth minute and was on target again in the 21st minute. The returning Snagg popped up with a goal just before half-time to give Rendezvous some hope at the break.

Shortly after the resumption, Snagg rippled the nets again in the 47th minute to complete an unlikely initial comeback.

The Vincentian then dragged his team into the lead with a precise finish on the hour mark to leave Porey Spring stunned.

Harewood completed his hat-trick with a composed finish in the 78th minute before Stewart headed in at the back post four minutes later to turn around the game and put Porey Spring on the brink of their first Premier League win.

It was not to be as Shepherd Jr scored his seventh of the season in the last of the 90 minutes to deny Porey Spring and give them a league-high sixth draw.

In the second game of a triple header, a bit of luck and two well taken goals by Jabarry Chandler and Daniel Calvi gave Empire three points in their clash with Brittons Hill.

It started to go wrong for Brittons Hill after half-hour when defender Rohan Hall deflected Omando McLeod’s headed pass into his own net. Daniel Calvi made it two goals to the good immediately following the second half kickoff to put Empire in a comfortable position.

Things did get a bit tricky in the 62nd minute when Donte Greenidge sped past three defenders and converted from close range to put Brittons Hill within a goal of their opponents.“Papi” Chandler reinstated the two-goal cushion about ten minutes later. After breaking free of the defence, he brilliantly evaded goalkeeper Shaquille Frank and slotted into the vacant goal.

Weymouth Wales closed out the proceedings with a routine 2-0 dispatching of Paradise. Arantees Lawrence nodded in his fifth goal of the season in the 29th minute following captain Jabar Greene’s set piece.

Hadan “Fatty” Holligan doubled the advantage five minutes after the second half started.

His powerful half volley after a half clearance from the Paradise defence bulged goalkeeper Jason Boxill’s net and would prove enough for the victory and to preserve Wales’ remarkable unbeaten streak. (NM)

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