Empire keeper Oba Tucker looks on as Armando Lashley's penalty finds its mark.
After a hot start in the Barbados Premier League, Zone 2 leaders Empire Club have had their perfect run brought to an end. Playing in the latest round of games on Sunday night at the Wildey Turf, Empire went down in a 1-0 clash to Paradise to see their record to 3-1.
Paradise got the game winner in the 45th minute when an unfortunate play saw Paradise being awarded a penalty after Chai Lloyd was taken down in the box. Stepping up to the spot, Paradise Captain, Armando Lashley put a right-booted shot in, but Empire keeper Oba Tucker dived to his right to keep Paradise out in the cold.
However, Referee Jamar Springer adjudged that a player had encroached the box before the kick and ruled it to be taken again. Lashley, with a second bite at the cherry, made no mistakes this time and sent the ball to the left as Tucker went to his right again.
The second half saw more of the same as both teams traded punches. However, Paradise would enjoy the better of the exchanges and forced Tucker to show his worth as he made several top-drawer saves to keep the Paradise on one goal. As luck would have it, Empire would not find a reply for the first half goal and were held to their first loss of the season.
Earlier in the evening, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme came away with a 1-0 win over Youth Milan. A goal from Ranaldo Trim in the 66th put the soldiers ahead of the former Premier League giants and that is where they would stay at the end.
The first game of the day ended in a 1-1 draw between Crane and Equipment Ellerton and St. Andrew Lions. The game was locked at 0-0 well into the second half, but the deadlock was broken by a beauty of a goal from Shakille Belle who was fed a good pass at the edge of the box in the 83rd minute. The Lions bounced back just minutes later when Darico King made a run through the middle of the area to put away a cross from Shakir Skeete in the 89th.