Gall Hill demoted

Former powerhouses go down one rank

After being a force to be reckoned with for over two decades in the Barbados Football Association’s Premier League, Pride of Gall Hill will be demoted to division one.

Gall Hill’s fate was decided during last night’s Digicel Premier League match-up held at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf when Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP) captain Romario Harewood scored the lone goal of the game in the 39th minute to put his team out front in the point standings with 32 points beside Rendezvous, and simultaneously send Gall Hill packing.

Both the BDFSP and Rendezvous have played 16 games but a better goal difference of 28 by the soldiers has given them the edged over Rendezvous (21). If Gall Hill had won last night’s encounter they could still have been in with a chance depending on whether eighth place Solaris Pinelands win their next game against Clayton’s Kola Tonic Notre Dame. But that conjecture is now unnecessary for the Christ Church lads who won their first title back in 1988.

University of the West Indies Blackbirds played Brittons Hill in the first encounter and won 2-0 that has now put them in contention to challenge BDFSP and Rendezvous for the Premier League title.

(From left) Brittons Hill's Kidkigah Samuel slides the ball away from UWI defender Chad Bynoe.
(From left) Brittons Hill’s Kidkigah Samuel slides the ball away from UWI defender Chad Bynoe.

First it was UWI midfielder Jomo Harris who produced a goal in the 45th minute to give his team the advantage over Brittons Hill. Harris received a cross from his captain Riverre Williams on the left side and he made it look so easy with his right boot when he struck the ball past custodian Tennyson Mings.

When the second half commenced it was filled with drama and resulted in Jabarry Greenidge and Andre Gibson both receiving red cards for fouls on goal scorers Harris and Corey Barrow respectively. Coach Fabian Wharton didn’t seem to be a happy man and rightfully so as UWI added to their advantage when Barrow, after being fouled, scored on Brittons Hill.

UWI goal scorer Jomo Harris (No.4) tries to hold off a strong challenge from Jabarry Greenidge of Brittons Hill.
UWI goal scorer Jomo Harris (No.4) tries to hold off a strong challenge from Jabarry Greenidge of Brittons Hill.

Credit must be given to UWI’s top striker Mario Harte who kicked the ball inside the 18-yard box and Barrow latched on to it with his right foot and stuck it with such ferocity in the 69th minute that Mings was powerless to make the save.

Brittons Hill had two golden opportunities to respond and made a meal of both. First substitute Edwin Brereton was unmarked inside the box and took a shot at goal but the ball just missed the cross bar. Then the last straw came when the ball was pushed through the middle to Romell Bynoe who was directly in front the goal bar and scored past UWI goalkeeper Tazieo Riley only to look up and see linesman Kevin Barton pointing his flag to signal off-side.

(Photographs by Morissa Lindsay)

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