RENDEZVOUS RETURN TO TOP OF PREMIER LEAGUE
A 93rd minute goal by midfielder Carl Joseph broke the stalemate and gave Rendezvous a 3-2 victory over Solaris Pinelands as action in the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League continued at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf last night.
Joseph had earlier scored in 45th minute as did team-mate Keon Alkins in the 81st minute. Pinelands got their goals from Keith Warner in the 72nd and also benefited from an own-goal from Rendesvous midfielder Wayne Sobers.
The victory took Rendezvous back to the top of the table on 32 points, three points ahead of Mackeson Brittons Hill who dropped vital points last night when they drew 1-1 with Silver Sands. Brittons Hill and Rendezvous had started the night locked on 29 points.
Just before half-time was blown by referee Gillian Martindale, Joseph struck for Rendezvous when he curled a beautifully taken corner kick from the right of the bars and scored past Pinelands’ custodian Kohbeay Taylor and his bemused defenders.
It is never easy coming from behind against Rendezvous who are good in defence with strong cover but Pinelands did in the 72nd minute of the second-half compliments Keith Warner who got a touch off a corner and levelled the scores 1-1.
This put Rendezvous back at square one and to make the situation worse, two minutes later in the 74th minute Wayne Sobers netted an own goal to give Pinelands the lead 2-1 to the delight of their supporters and the disbelief of Rendezvous fans around the ground.
It all unfolded when the experienced defender had possession of the ball and decided to pass it back to goalkeeper Kerry Holder by volleying it high and despite Holder’s efforts to jump and reach the ball it went past his fingertips and rolled into the nets. Pinelands definitely had what it took to upset Rendezvous at that stage especially with striker Arantees Lawrence who probed and tormented the Rendezvous defence constantly.
However Rendezvous’ passing in the second half was precise and their movements forward with the ball were good and it was just a matter of time before they got through Pinelands’ defence which was pretty good for most of the night. So said so done from a buildup play involving Joseph who eventually made a pass inside the 18-yard box to Shandel Samuel who acted swiftly and made a cross to midfielder Keon Atkins who finished well in the 81st minute to put Rendezvous back in the game.
At this stage a few tempers flared and Jamar Perch did not help Pinelands’ case when he struck Emerald George in the face and was given a straight red card in the 83rd minute.
The men from the Pine still held out well with ten men and just when the encounter was looking as though it was heading for a draw, Joseph showed up at the right time and shook the nets with a powerful blast in the 93rd minuet to snatch the victory.
In the first game played Jabarry Greenidge gave Brittons Hill the lead six minutes into the game but Mario Kinch responded for Silver Sands. Afterwards neither team was able to find that all-important goal in an uneventful second half to claim full points.