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Belfield’s resurgence continues with big win over Rendezvous

Phone Medic Repair Belfield’s emphatic 5-2 victory over Rendezvous FC has now placed them further away from the relegation zone as round two of the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League continued yesterday.

Belfield’s win yesterday at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf has now moved them into seventh position on 12 points and ahead of Empire in eighth place. That leaves Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame struggling on eight points and Pinelands FC one point fewer to face the music at the bottle of the table in ninth and tenth position respectively. Dame’s continued fall from grace has been particularly galling for their fans.

In last night’s featured game, Weymouth Wales defeated University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbird 1-0 thanks to Captain Jabar Greene’s effort in the 27th minute of the game.  The ball was squared to Green in the area and he calmly slotted it quite past UWI custodian Kwame Haynes.

Weymouth Wales (in green) were victorious over University of the West Indies. Here Jomo Harris (with ball) has to clear it away from Hadan Holligan (right) and Jadai Clarke.
Weymouth Wales (in green) were victorious over University of the West Indies. Here Jomo Harris (with ball) has to clear it away from Hadan Holligan (right) and Jadai Clarke.

Just before half-time UWI almost found the equalizer when Mario Harte went on one of his probing runs and found his way past Wales’ defensive duo of Dwayne Peters and Jadai Clarke. He took an excellent shot that seemed goal-bound before he was brilliantly denied by Wales’ goalkeeper Bentley Springer. Indeed, Springer was in good form during the game and made a number of superb saves for his team.

As expected UWI came searching once more for that equalizer but failed to capitalise when Shamari Mark made a lovely cross from the left towards the advancing Harte and Shaquille Layne but neither was unable to reach the ball in time to bury it past keeper Springer.

Wales were by no means simply on the defence and they had their share of opportunities to increase their leave. Both Kemar Headley and Hadan Holligan created a few opportunities and were the recipients of some precise passes in good areas but these chances invariably that went a begging.

UWI Blackbirds are leading the league on 27 points, Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme are close on their heels on 26 points while Direct TV Paradise are on 24 points for third place. Last night’s victory has taken Wales to 20 points and they are in fourth position. Mackeson Brittons Hill are on 16 points and Rendezvous are on 13 to round off the top six.

In the other games played Shandel Samuel gave Rendezvous an early lead in the 11th minute but Belfield came from behind to destroy their opponents led by captain Alvin Chapman. He scored in the 22nd, Omar Primus made it 2-1 in the 54th, Henderson Richards got a brace in the 56th and 62nd minutes and Azarel Croney sealed the deal in 67th minute. Emerald George accounted for Rendezvous’ second goal in the 86th but by that stage had it been a boxing match Rendezvous would have been truly punch drunk from the onslaught.

Brittons Hill goal scorer Mustafa Haqq does well to clear the ball away from Direct TV Paradise’s danger man Elijah Downey. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Brittons Hill goal scorer Mustafa Haqq does well to clear the ball away from Direct TV Paradise’s danger man Elijah Downey. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

Brittons Hill also came from behind to earn an impressive 2-2 draw against Paradise. The classy Armando Lashley found the back of the nets in the 11th minute and Elijah Downey’s 38th minute strike gave the Dover boys an early 2-0 lead in the first half.

But the undaunted Brittons Hill through their leading goal scorer for this season, Mustafa Haqq, brought themselves back into contention in the 59th with an important strike. Then, with coach Fabian Wharton and supporters on the sideline urging them on, Brittons Hill completed their comeback when Rommel Bynoe scored in the 90th minute.

Both teams settled for a share of the spoils as they noticeably shut shop in the few minutes of extra-time, neither willing to risk conceding a goal in search of a late winner.

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