Bajan Pride not enough to beat Strike Force

An efficient performance by LG Strike Force saw them defeat the struggling Bajan Pride 2-0 as action in the LIME Pelican Football Challenge continued at Kensington Oval last night.

Strike Force controlled more than 50 per cent of the possession in the first half and were rewarded in the 25th minute of the encounter when the hard-working Kadeem Latham found the back of the nets.

Strike Force could have increased their lead before the half-time whistle but after dominating most of the mid-field play, fell short in front of their opponents’ goal.

Unlike last year, Bajan Pride lacked creativity and their mid-field play begged for someone to take charge of the transition from defence to attack.

In the second-half the pattern of play was generally the same with opportunities going a begging for both sides. However, with four minutes left of regulation play, Shawn Hackett put the ball in the back of the nets to end any hopes of Bajan Pride getting a share of the spoils.

National footballer Kemar Headley, fresh from representing Barbados in the home leg of the Caribbean Cup, struck late (79th minute) in the encounter to give his Bajan Elite side a hard-fought 1-0 win over Red Tridents.

It was a good result for Bajan Elite after suffering narrow defeats to Akademiks and Bajan Pride Ballers earlier in the competition. The match was somewhat of a foul-littered affair with seven yellow cards being issued by the referee.

On Sunday, 360 Connection come up against Combined All Stars; Red Snappers take on TS Strikers and Top Bay play Akademiks.

Strike Force’s national player Carl Joseph took the Player-of-the-week award.

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