Belfield Soccer Club are breathing a lot easier now after they trounced Weymouth Wales 3-1 to move into eighth position with six points and clear of the relegation zone, in the ongoing Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League played at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf yesterday.
That win for Belfield means Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame will need to dig deep and win their final game of round one against University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds tomorrow in order to stay alive and clear of the relegation zone.
If UWI currently in third position on 18 points come out on top against Dames then they will move into second position where they will trail three-time champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) who are in the lead on 23 points after defeating Mackeson Brittons Hill 1-0, also played last evening.
Direct TV Paradise have taken over the second spot with 20 points after they won 2-1 over Rendezvous yesterday.
Five minutes into the encounter and Shamir Collymore was given enough room inside the 18-yard box on the right and took a fantastic shot at goal past custodian Bentley Springer.
One minute later and Wales found the equalizer through their top striker Hadan Holligan thanks to good work from Tristan “Fishy” Parris who took on Belfield’s defence and squared to Holligan inside the 18-yard box and he had no problems shaking the nets.
The scores remained 1-1 at half-time and just like they did in the opening half Belfield started the second half with a bang compliments a Rohan Johnson goal in the 49th minute that resulted from some scrambling play in front the goal bars that allowed Johnson to pounce on a great opportunity.
Wales went in search of a few goals but for some reason Holligan, Parris and especially Kemar Headley who has been having a sub-par season were unable to score thanks to good defending from Belfield who kept things very tight. Then in the 92nd minute Alvin Chapman wearing the captain’s armband put icing on the cake when he placed the ball past keeper Springer for a simple goal. Wales have now drifted into fourth place on 17 points after leading the standings at one point this season.
In the second game of the evening Paradise ensured they finished round one on a high with a 2-1 result against Rendezvous which placed them in second position in the standings. Rendezvous are now in fifth place on 13 points ahead of Brittons Hill who have 12 points.
Vincentian star Norrel George gave Paradise the advantage early against his former club thanks to a superb effort from Armando Lashley who charged up the field into the box and provided a cross to midfielder George who was in perfect position for the kill and sent the ball flying past Rendezvous goalkeeper Roy Richards in the second minute of play. That was definitely cause for celebration.
They added goal number two from a build-up play in the 85th minute when Paradise striker Lashley booted the ball past keeper Richards. Paradise’s coach Kelvin Layne decided to close shop when he brought on the big lad Barry Skeete to tighten his defence. That did not stop Rendezvous scoring in the 93rd minute, though, when a powerful strike from Paul Lovell found the back of the nets off a corner taken by Dwayne Stanford.
The BDFSP were victorious 1-0 when they played Brittons Hill, thanks to captain Romario Harewood’s effort in the 60th minute.