Youth Milan could be the next team making the move to the big leagues next season as they drew first blood when they met up with Wotton in Tuesday night's promotion play-off. Winning the first of the two-leg series at the Wildey Turf, Milan's 2-1 at-home victory put them on the road that could lead them to the Barbados Premier League.
Youth Milan, who said their adieus to the top flight back in 2013, were forced to come from behind in Tuesday's game as Wotton struck first with a goal from the boot of Shakim Shepherd in the 22nd minute. Wotton held the lead into the break, however, their custodian Rasheed Belgrave was cautioned in the 41st minute, an infraction that would return to play a role in the second half.
Shortly after resumption, Belgrave was carded a second time to be given his walking papers in the 55th minute. With the play in question occurring inside the 18, the resulting penalty was duly converted by Marlon Greaves in the 57th minute. Twenty minutes after, Milan got the go-ahead in the 77th with Kemar Goddard putting the ball over the line.
Both teams were well aware of the implications of a win in this match-up, however, Wotton seemed to struggle under the pressure. Already one man short, Wotton were docked again with Stephen Layne being given a straight red in the 88th. With that blow, any hopes of an equaliser was carried away with the brisk night wind.
Play-off week action continues on Thursday with two games at the Wildey Turf. Relegation games are the order of the evening as Parish Land take on Bagatelle in their first Division 1 play-off at 7:00 PM. The 9:00 PM game sees Home Improvement Hardware Compton and Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame going up in their Premier League play-off.