Pinelands defeat UWI

Based on the season so far when Rendezvous FC and the University of the West Indies (UWI) take to the football field, one would expect some sort of fireworks but that was not the case last night at the National Stadium.

UWI surprisingly went down to Solaris Pinelands 1-0 while Rendezvous were held to a 0-0 draw against Direct TV Paradise when the 2015 Barbados Football Association’s Digicel-sponsored Premier League season continued.

In the featured game UWI created several goal-scoring opportunities thanks to good plays upfront from national captain and striker Mario Harte, midfielders Corey Barrow and Shaquille Layne that should have been put into the back of the nets but instead came to naught.

Pinelands did all in their power to keep UWI striker Mario Harte from scoring whenever he attempted to get the ball forward.
Pinelands did all in their power to keep UWI striker Mario Harte from scoring whenever he attempted to get the ball forward.

Barrow had his moment when the ball was played up the right flank of the field and passed over to Barrow who took a shot at goal from inside the 18 yard box but missed with the ball hitting the top of the goal bar and bouncing over the nets. A couple seconds later from the left of the field Layne found an opening and sent in a volley which was stopped by Pinelands goalkeeper Michael Spooner and cleared by a defender which earned UWI a corner kick but the play did not threaten Pinelands.

After those two scary moments for Pinelands they bounced back well when one of their players was brought down inside the box to give the Pinelands’ men a penalty. Dario Wilson  took the shot and scored to the left of the net in the 43rd minute. The scoreline remained the same up to the break but one would have expected UWI to come back out in the second half with some sort of response but that was not the case. The fact that the UWI made a few substitutions that only served to expose their back half and not help their case.

Rendezvous has had a relatively good start to their Premier League encounter but last night Paradise played impressively in terms of defense to shut down Rendezvous who played three games so far and won their last two matches 5-0 against Weymouth Wales and Pinelands.

Paradise’s goalkeeper Jason Boxill showed his worth with the gloves when he made two brilliant diving saves in the second half to deny Rendezvous despite persistence from Gregory Goodridge and the duo of Miron and Shandel Samuel.

Direct TV Paradise goalkeeper Jason Boxhill made a few impressive saves to keep Rendezvous from scoring.
Direct TV Paradise goalkeeper Jason Boxhill made a few impressive saves to keep Rendezvous from scoring.

Coming up this Sunday at 4p.m. Pinelands, currently in eighth position on three points, will take on Pride of Gall Hill who are still searching for their first win. The second encounter should be an exciting one between Weymouth Wales (third with a tally of seven points) and Klaytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame on six points and in fourth position. Once Wales’ top strikers Jomo Harewood and Tristan ‘Fishy’ Parris get going along with Notre Dame strikers Dwayne Mars and Zico Edmee one should expect an action-packed showdown.

The feature game of the night will be Rendezvous versus Mackeson Brittons Hill at 8 p.m. Brittons Hill are in sixth position on four points and should they defeat Rendezvous who are at the top of the standings on seven points they will jump to the top. Brittons Hill have played three games so far, won one match, drawn the other and lost one while Rendezvous have played three games, won two and drawn one.

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