Wales, Paradise's heavy scoring gets them into quarterfinals
Defending champions Neighborhood Care Pharmaceutical Weymouth Wales and Paradise Football Club comfortably made it through to the quarterfinal of the Barbados Football Association Stag Champions Cup Knockout on a night when history was created .
Zico Phillips of Paradise became the first defender to score a hat-trick in the competition and see his team to a 5-1 victory against the Barbados Youth Service Sunday night at the Wildey, St Michael Astro Turf.
Phillips standing at six feet tall was having a really good game upfront scoring two flashing headers and a penalty in the 60th, 66th and 68th minutes respectively. The other two goals were scored by captain Armando ‘Suga’ Lashley and Demar Linton in the 30th and 91st minutes respectively.
Paradise went ahead 1-0 in the opening half when Stefan Bourne skillfully took on Junior Thompson and Stefon Elliot of Youth Service before the ball found its way to Lashley who slotted into the back of the nets.
In the second half Phillips made it 2-0 off a set play, as a searching ball found the forehead of Zico Phillips and into the nets. Youth Service’s defence was clearly lacking and clueless which made life easy especially for Phillips who made use of another header and then the penalty which he booted under Youth Service goalkeeper Christian Cadogan going to his left and grabbing thin air.
In the latter stage of the game in the 90th minute Phillips returned to join Paradise’s defensive unit of captain Barry Skeete, Najee Holder and Andre Bourne. It might have been best for him to stay upfront as Youth Service managed to get on the score sheet thanks to Phillips himself with an own goal in the 90th minute when he tried to deflect an incoming shot with his right foot but instead the ball got past Paradise goalkeeper Nashton Browne. Browne replaced regular Jason Boxill who was overseas this past weekend on national duties representing Barbados who lost 3-0 to hosts French Guiana.
In the other match-up, Wales without the services of national players Hadan Holligan and Arantees Lawrence stayed true to form with a 6-0 thrashing of Wotton Football Club. Wotton had caused problems for many teams in the knockout and were even responsible for kicking out Premier League team Ellerton.
Top forward Riverre Williams continued his great scoring form this season with a hat-trick Sunday scoring in the 33rd, 38th and 73rd minutes respectively. Stefan Cumberbatch sent a pass to Renaldo Marques who threaded it through to Williams for a superb finish.
It wasn’t long after that Williams found the nets again and this time in even more spectacular fashion thanks to Tristan Parris on top of the 18-yard box. He turned past one defender with a touch to Williams who read it well and delivered a brilliant left footed strike into the right top post of the goal bars as Wotton goalkeeper Justin Johnson was palpably beaten.
Three minutes before half time and Walton Burrowes made it 3-0 to Wales.
The second half began and it was just a case of Wales taking control of the ball with attacking passes on the flanks with Williams, Parris and Romario Harewood all having their way. Apart from Williams and Burrowes, Renaldo Marquez in the 62nd and Harewood in the 75th minutes respectively scored the other two goals for Wales.
Wotton with a fairly decent lineup of players including former national players Jabarry ‘Papi’ Chandler and Reco Baptiste were unable to put away their chances and credit to Wales goalkeeper Omari Eastmond for coming up with a few good saves on the night.
L and R United playing at a numerical disadvantage with ten men after Akeil Lorde was red carded edged Sunrise Ballers 2-1. Scoring for United were Anderson Crawford in the 76th minute and Carlo Perry in the 88th while Shamar Edwards initially placed Sunrise in the lead in the 71st minute.