Losing ground

Wales and UWI under pressure in Premier League

Last night the Digicel-sponsored Barbados Football Association’s Premier League provided nightmares for both Weymouth Wales and University of the West Indies Blackbirds at the Wildey, St Michael Astro Turf.

In the first game of the night underdogs Silver Sands came from behind to earn an unlikely 2-2 draw with Wales. And UWI went down to Pride of Gall Hill 2-0 in the second game played.

If both Wales and UWI had won their encounters it would have put them in close contention for the League title with Rendezvous who are in the lead on 29 points. But the fact that two lesser-ranked teams in the competition got good results against them, they have now given Rendezvous the opportunity to extend their lead with one game in hand.

UWI's Amal Mayers (left) and Gall Hill goal-scorer Rico Graham battle for the ball.
UWI’s Amal Mayers (left) and Gall Hill goal-scorer Rico Graham battle for the ball.

So far Rendezvous have played 12 games with nine wins, two draws and one loss. While Wales who earned just one point for their draw last night and are in second position have now moved up to 27 points after playing 13 matches in total with seven wins and six draws. Meanwhile UWI in third position on 24 points have also played 13 games with seven wins along with three draws and three losses.

Silver Sands who have played the most matches so far, with 14 under their belts, have managed to win two games, with 11 defeats and last night’s draw. Last night they found their moment of glory when they came from behind in the dying stages of the second half and scored two quick goals with much thanks to the Wales’ defenders who were found napping.

The first goal came in the 83rd minute when the ball was played through the middle to Carlos Ward who unleashed a thunderous shot at goal from the right and scored past Wales goalkeeper Bentley Springer who was furious with his defenders.

Then Jamal Pinder put a spoke in Wales’ wheels when again the ball was played inside the box and Pinder got a touch on to it and again Springer could not do anything. Earlier in the first half Jadai Clarke and Jomo Harewood scored in the 24th and 45th minute respectively for Wales.

Jadai Clarke (left) tried to maintain ball possession while Cameron Lewis of Silver Sands tried to put him under pressure.
Jadai Clarke (left) tried to maintain ball possession while Cameron Lewis of Silver Sands tried to put him under pressure.

In the other game Rico Graham put Gall Hill up 1-0 in the 39th minute over UWI and then Rashad Parris came back in the 57th minute of the second half and added goal number two for his side. Gall Hill are one place higher than Silver Sands in ninth position even though the two teams are now jointly tied on seven points.

(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)

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