Crane and Equipment goal-scorer Zinio Harris pushing the ball forward in Sunday's match-up against BDF Sports Programme
Brittons Hill United could very well be heading to the finals as they drew first blood to set themselves up for an almost sure spot in final of the Williams Equipment Preseason Cup this past weekend. Playing at Weymouth this past Sunday, the Zone 1 winners came from an early goal down to make short work of Abrahams United Silver Sands for a 4-1 victory and to see them in good stead for the race to the final.
With Silver Sands moving into the semis from Zone 1 after finishing as the best second-placed team, they would have met Brittons Hill before. After the teams parted ways as equals with three goals each in their preliminary game, Silver Sands broke out within the opening seconds of the game to see Shad King putting the ball past keeper Tennyson Mings.
Now on the back-foot, Brittons Hill looked to struggle for the remainder of the first half to trail into the break. However, the complexion of the game changed in the second as Brittons Hill put their foot on the gas and never looked back.
Henderson Richards drew Brittons Hill level in the 58th minute before Rohan Hall gave his team the go-ahead goal in the 65th. By this time, Silver Sands looked weary and the plays lacked creativity and drive as they were forced to play a more defensive game.
After scoring in all of his team's games this season, Troy Johnson looked to be playing a losing game from the midfield as all his efforts failed to produce any magic. Richards got another goal in the nets in the 74th to end the night with a brace. The 87th minute saw the final nail being driven in the coffin as Denzil Fordyce scored his second goal in as many games.
The other game saw the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme going ahead of Crane and Equipment Ellerton in their tie with a 2-1 win. The soldiers got off the mark first with a Damion Thorington goal in the ninth minute. Just minutes later, Omani Leacock put a beauty of a goal past former national keeper Kerry Holder in the 15th minute.
Ellerton, however, would not lay down and play dead and in the second half would pull one back through Zinio Harris. One of the best-looking goals this season, Harris put a bomb past Kishmar Primus at a sharp angle in the 59th minute. However, there would be nothing else for either team in the remaining minutes.
With the action going back to the same venue next weekend for the return leg of the semis, Ellerton still have a decent chance to make the final while it is much less likely for Silver Sands to go after the championship cup.