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Goals rain in Premier League

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Rendezvous FC and Ellerton kicked off the weekend with a 3-2 result in favor of the latter on Saturday.


Although there was not much of anything in the way of precipitation this past weekend, it did rain goals in the Barbados Premier League as 21 rocked the nets over Saturday and Sunday. With six games played over the two days, Weymouth Wales, the UWI Blackbirds and Brittons Hill came away the biggest winners.

On Saturday, Brittons Hill United wormed their way back up to second place in Zone 1 with their seventh win of the season after coming from behind in the dying minutes of the game to hand down a 3-1 stunner to Abrahams United Silver Sands.

Silver Sands, who are at the bottom of the table in Zone 1 and in much need of some points, had a positive start as Devenne Gale-Forde beat custodian Shaquille Frank in the seventh minute of the game.It was not until the 71st minute that the crafty Denzil Fordyce finally got the breakthrough to give Brittons Hill the equaliser. The scales were tipped in the 85th minute when an unlucky break saw Silver Sands' Demario Ward putting the ball in his own nets. Brittons Hill made the most of the situation and followed through on the momentum to see young Donte Greenidge scoring in the 87th.

The evening's first game saw Crane and Equipment Ellerton pulling off a 3-2 win over Rendezvous FC. By half-time Ellerton held a 3-0 lead thanks to goals from Shaine Hermas (23rd) Romario Drakes (27th) and Rosean Brathwaite (35th).

Going the other way, Ellerton were given a scare as Rendezvous had a solid comeback with a brace from Rommel Bynoe. The Rendezvous captain rocked the nets in the 53rdand 65th minutes. However, that is as far as their fortune would run and the score remained the same by the final whistle.

The nightcap game went to Empire Club and Paradise FC and those two played to a 2-2 deadlock. Paradise drew first blood compliments the efforts of Elijah Downey in the 27thminute. However, Kemar Griffith had Empire back on level terms just a few minutes later in the 34th.

Before the half ended, national player Mario Williams received two yellow cards to be given his walking papers in the 44th minute and see Paradise down to 10 men. Going the other direction, Paradise were still able to hold their own despite being a man short.

Jabarry Chandler put Empire ahead in the 57thbut it would be a late goal from another senior national player, Armando Lashley (86th) that would set the teams on equal terms once again.

On Sunday, Wales had a fun time as they were led by an Arantees Lawrence brace as they dispatched the up-and-down Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame t take a 6-0 win.

Former national captain Rashida Williams got the show started in the 17thminute when he sent a corner kick at the near post that sailed past the head of Azarel Croney and goalkeeper Ron Pile. Lawrence got his name on the card in the 35th after he ran straight through the middle of the defense to meet a cross from the right by Stephan Cumberbatch. A third goal came from veteran Riverre Williams in the 41st before Lawrence got is second in the 45th to see the scoreline at 4-0 at the halftime break.

Going the other way, Wales captain Hadan Holligan kept the ball rolling when he scored in the 77th minute after he was fed a through-ball by former-national Kemar Headley. Headley then went on to show that he was good for more than an assist as he buried the ball in the back of the nets in the 91st with a beautiful right-booted volley.

The nightcap game went to the University of the West Indies Blackbirds and Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring and the latter were held to their sixth loss this season. Struggling to find points in their debut year as they are yet to win a single game in the league after an impressive pre-season romp, the new kids conceded three unanswered goals to the Blackbirds.

Former national captain Mario Harte got the ball rolling in the 9th minute as he was in the right place at the right time to head home a left flank cross from Alvin Chapman. The score remained the same well into the second half until Jamario Worrell put away a lovely free kick from the right that dropped just under the cross bar to see UWI to two in the 61st.

Harte was not satisfied with just one goal and drove the final nail in the coffin with what was undoubtedly one of the best goals of the season. Chapman threw the ball in to Harte who was in the box with a man on his back and a second advancing. With one cheeky touch to put the ball over the head of the incoming defender, Harte put the ball over his left shoulder with a scorching volley that left the Porey Spring keeper dumbfounded and his feet remained rooted.

The evening's opening game was a surprise goalless draw between Zone 2 leaders Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme and Home Improvement Hardware Compton, who are currently courting relegation. Being held to their first draw of the competition, the soldiers were denied several goals by eventual Player of the Match Oba Tucker as he was on fire on the evening.

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