They are called Galaxy but last night their stars were surely out of alignment. A marauding Phoenix Firehouse delivered the most comprehensive drubbing of any team in the two-year history of the Lime Pelican Football Challenge with a 7-0 thrashing of Sportstown Galaxy at Kensington Oval.
It was an occasion that one was left to ponder whether Firehouse were that good or Galaxy were simply awful and it was perhaps a bit of both. The sixth goal scored by Firehouse best typified what was on show during the night’s first game.
No fewer than three defenders tried to get the ball off Firehouse’s and Barbados’ former mid-field general Norman Forde. They pulled, they shoved, they blocked, yet Forde shook them off in the box to deliver a pass to Paul Soup Lovell who deftly found the back of the net.
It was a virtuoso performance from Lovell who tormented Galaxy to such an extent that the moderate crowd basically expected him to score every time he touched the ball anywhere close to the Galaxy area.
Lovell started his demolition job in the ninth minute of the first-half with a goal that gave no indication of what was to come later in the encounter. The half-time 1-0 score would have been accepted by Galaxy, given their lacklustre showing. But when the game resumed, all hell figuratively broke loose.
Galaxy lacked creativity in the mid-field and this resulted in little service for their front-line. Shamar Edwards worked hard for the Galaxy but was guilty of perhaps trying too hard and this resulted in two yellow cards, a situation his team could hardly afford.
In the 50th minute Lovell scored his second goal of the match and this opened up the proverbial floodgates.
Jason Blackman added to Galaxy’s woes with a 62nd minute strike, finding the back of the nets thanks to a pin-point cross from the right flank. Then, Forde scored his first goal of the tournament about ten minutes later. It was just reward for the evergreen ace who, along with Sherlon Roberts, marshalled most of his team’s forays into Galaxy territory.
Lovell got his hat-trick in the 78th minute and 11 minutes later, waltzed into the area to benefit from Forde’s magic and complete his beaver-trick.
In the second minute of extra-time Troy Callender completed the rout. Mid-fielder Roberts, who had been a thorn in Galaxy’s side the entire night, sent a precision pass from the right flank that found Callender who only had the goalkeeper to beat.
Dario Wilson’s 91st minute goal gained Red Tridents a 1-0 win over zone leaders Strike Force in the nightcap game.