Belfield’s eyes are smiling
Phone Medic Repair Belfield will be back for a second consecutive year in the Barbados Football Association Digicel Premier League.
After staring relegation in the face for the past few weeks Belfield in a must-win match ensured they edged Mackeson Brittons Hill 2-1 last night at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf.
Belfield had 17 points at the start of the match and desperately needed a win against Brittons Hill who have already secured a place for next season.
It was a rather quiet first half or so it appeared when Jason Haynes, with all the time in the world, singled out the tallest man on the field in Henderson Richards with a cross and he headed past custodian Jwan Prescod in the 43rd minute to give Belfield a one goal lead at half time.
Brittons Hill manager Fabian Wharton noticeably did not use his main starters, especially one of his leading goal-scorers Mustafa Haqq.
However, during the second half that all changed in the 51st minute when Belfield scored another goal.
Captain Alvin Chapman ran after a leading ball down the left flank and squared to Jamar Grazette who shot past a diving Prescod who was unable to make the save.
That was when Wharton signalled five players on the bench to warm up and a couple minutes later Haqq was the first substitution made.
It was not too long after in the 78th minute that Brittons Hill scored thanks to Belfield’s own goal.
This was due to lack of communication between Belfield’s defence and goalkeeper Kerry Holder who misjudged the ball.
That goal caused some friction among the Belfield players that resulted in their keeper Holder calling for coach Rodney Yarde to replace him in front the goal bars but that never happened as the men from Black Rock held on for a crucial win.
Both Belfield and Brittons Hill have ended the season with 20 points in sixth and seventh positions respectively.
Three games are scheduled for this Sunday the final day of the league when Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame in eighth place on 18 points clash with Empire who are in ninth place on 15 points.
That will determine who will be demoted to division one with Pinelands and so far the odds are with the Dames who just need a win or draw, while Empire must win in order to repeat another year in the premier league.
Meanwhile the two table leaders University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds currently on 42 points, ahead of defending champions Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) on 41, will be going all out to win the cup Sunday night.
The BDFSP will need to get past Direct TV Paradise starting at 6p.m. while UWI and Rendezvous will battle in the 8p.m. showdown.