Clear leaders

Blackbirds on top while Pinelands continue to falter

University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds are the clear leaders with 33 points but there seems to be no hope for Lumisol Technology Pinelands who recorded their 11th successive defeat of the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League over the weekend.

It was an interesting day of league action in round two of the premiership on Saturday when table leaders UWI and Direct TV Paradise who were jointly tied on 30 points faced off to see who would end the night being the sole leaders.

University of the West Indies Blackbirds striker Diquan Adamson takes control of the ball under challenge from Steven Griffith of Direct TV Paradise.
University of the West Indies Blackbirds striker Diquan Adamson takes control of the ball under challenge from Steven Griffith of Direct TV Paradise.

Jairo Lombardo struck in the 32nd minute to give his side the lead. Six minutes later he was responsible for creating a another goal when he played the ball up the left flank and made his way past one defender, pushed his way inside the 18-yard box where he meet another but had no problems in cutting the ball back, dribbling past his marker and squaring to fellow striker Diquan Adamson who placed it comfortably past Paradise’s goalkeeper Jason Boxill.

It was 2-0 to UWI at half-time and Lombardo in the 74th minute had goal number three when captain Mario Harte on the right flank had his hands full with Paradise defender Andre Bourne but still managed to outrun him and square to Lombardo who finished the job inside the box before leaving the field with an injury.

As it currently stands UWI have so far played 14 matches with 11 wins, three losses, 35 goals for, 16 goals against and a goal difference of 19. Paradise in second position have also played 14 and won nine, three draws, two defeats with 34 goals for, 18 goals against and a goal difference of 16.

In the second encounter of the evening Mackeson Brittons Hill did well to edge Pinelands 2-1. After what was turning out to be an uneventful first half Mustafa Haqq broke the deadlock off a free kick just seconds before half time. The shot was taken just outside the 18-yard box and the ball curled to the right of flat-footed Pinelands goalkeeper Tyrell Hinkson who was unresponsive to that effort.

Rommel Bynoe of Brittons Hill is strongly tackled from behind by Pinelands’ midfielder and goal-scorer Rasheed Greaves. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)
Rommel Bynoe of Brittons Hill is strongly tackled from behind by Pinelands’ midfielder and goal-scorer Rasheed Greaves. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay)

There was high tension in Pinelands’ camp and an exchange of words between players at half-time. So heated was the exchange that Pinelands top striker Arantees Lawrence and Rommell Burgess took off their Pinelands gear and never returned to the field. Grantley Jackman and Shane Hinkson came on as substitutes at the start of the first half.

Despite the uproar Pinelands still held themselves together and found the equalizer in the 70th minute through midfielder Rasheed Greaves. But Curtis Odle of Brittons Hill rained on their temporary parade when he received a cross from Haqq and slammed it into the left far corner past keeper Hinkson.

Pinelands, at the bottom of the table in tenth position, are heading straight for division one unless some form of miracle happens and at this stage that seems rather unlikely. They have played 13 matches, drawn two and lost 11 with 14 goals for, 45 against and a minus goal difference of 31 and just two points on the board.

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