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Nov

28

Empire go 3-0

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It is still yet to be seen if the sun will set on their regime as Empire are the only team left in the Barbados Premier League with a perfect record. The Bank Hall side moved up to nine points in the Zone 2 standings after picking up a third straight win in as many games when the League continued on Tuesday night. In a highly-anticipated match-up which was dubbed the 'Battle of the Brazilians' among other things, a late goal from Omando McLeod gave Empire just what they needed to steal a 2-1 win from top-flight debutantes, St. Andrew Lions.

Empire got off the mark in the first 34th minute when national Under-17 player Abiola Grant used his speed and craftiness to get the ball past goalkeeper Donte Hinds. Empire held the lead into the break, but the Lions decided that they would not go quietly into the night.

A goal from Shamar Edwards in the 54th saw the St. Andrew side rallying back to as they hoped to break their current string of losses. However, that would not be the case. With both teams trading punches as the minutes dropped off the clock, it would be a long shot along the ground from McLeod in the 89th that tipped the scales in the favour of Empire.

The nightcap ended in similar fashion as Crane and Equipment Ellerton went down to Youth Milan. Youth Milan had to come from behind in the second half as Kemar Chase gave up an unlucky own-goal in the 41st minute. 

Going the other way, Ellerton would gift Youth Milan an own-goal as well as Rosean Brathwaite, who was having an otherwise fantastic game, had a blunder in the 56th. Chase was able to redeem himself just three minutes after when he put the ball in the right nets just before the hour mark.

Ellerton's position was not helped as they were docked a player in the 75th. Rashad Brathwaite was given two yellow cards for cautionable offences and his team was unable to pull out an equaliser in the remaining time.

 


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