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Dames, UWI blank opponents

Clayton Kola Tonic Notre Dame recorded their first win of the 2015 Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League when they defeated Pride of Gall Hill 3-0 last night at the National Stadium.

The University of the West Indies played their second game and won 3-0 over Silver Sands FC.

In the featured game Notre Dame with a new-look team comprised mainly of youthful players opened up with a superb goal from at least 20 yards out from the boot of striker Akeem Hill who dribbled two defenders and took a superb shot at goal that curled and went into the right corner of the goal bars past Gall Hill goalkeeper Jerome Blackman. That was in the 13th minute.

Gall Hill produced a few scary moments inside their opponents half but Dames defended well and they did so more than Gall Hill defenders who at times were caught napping which allowed Notre Dame to lead 2-0 due to an own goal scored inside the box in the 36th minute by Gall Hill defender Jason Bovell. Instead of clearing the ball out of the danger zone Bovell kicked the ball into the nets to the delight of the Dames.

Dames’ tactic of running the ball up the right flank and crossing over to strikers Zico Edmee and Hill through the middle seemed to work in their favour and produced a goal in the 36th minute when Edmee received the ball through the middle and took out the defender, and struck the ball with his right boot past Blackman and scored in the 76th minute of play.

Notre Dame striker Zico Edmee beat Gall Hill goalkeeper Jermone Blackman and scored.

Notre Dame striker Zico Edmee beat Gall Hill goalkeeper Jermone Blackman and scored.

The second game between UWI and Silver Sands saw a goalless first-half but that all changed in the 50th minute of the second half when a free kick was sent in from the right of the field and UWI defender Akeem Maloney headed the ball past Silver Sands’ goalkeeper Gabriel Layne and scored.

One minute later the Blackbird men scored another, compliments of Corey Barrow. The play was built up by striker Mario Harte who ran up the left flank, dribbled his way past the defender and took a shot at goal and was denied by Layne. Luckily for UWI Barrow was inside the box to capitalize on Layne’s mishap and scored with a wonderful strike at goal.

University of the West Indies goal scorer Corey Barrow heads the ball away during the match against Silver Sands FC.

University of the West Indies goal scorer Corey Barrow heads the ball away during the match against Silver Sands FC.

Coming on to the end of the game in the 81st minute UWI scored their third goal of the game when the ball was played into the middle to Christopher Harris who danced around the defender and tried to score but the goalkeeper Layne made the save which was not clean enough and Shaquille Layne was in front the net and scored an easy goal.

Meanwhile football will move to the Empire ground this Sunday when the Premier League continues.

At 4 p.m. Klaytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame who won their first game of the league last night and are now on three points will play Silver Sands FC who are still seeking their first win of the league after playing two matches so far and losing both.

In the 6 p.m. clash Mackeson Brittons Hill will take on reigning premier league champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) who are currently out front on six points after they won both of their games. That game will be the decider as to who will join Rendezvous who are on six points but as it stands Brittons Hill are currently in fifth position on four points and BDFSP in second on four.

The final match-up will be between Weymouth Wales who are in third position also with four points and Pride of Gall Hill who haven’t won any of their games so far and would be looking to come away with a win over former league champions Wales.

(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)

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