Another six teams bit the dust this past weekend as the Barbados Football Association's 2019 Champions Cup continued in earnest. With the Round of 16 getting off the ground this past Sunday, the likes of Division 1's Blackspurs, and Empire Club of the top tier were among those getting their walking papers as Paradise FC still remain in the race to defend their 2018 title.
Playing over at Friendship, it was easy going for the defending champions as they were the ones to send home Blackspurs with a 4-0 result. Seemingly feeling out the opposition in the first half, Paradise only had one goal in the nets after Dario Harewood beat the Blackspurs keeper in the 19th. Going the other way, the goals came later on in the half with captain Armando Lashley (79th) splitting goals from Elijah Downey in the 66th and 88th minutes.
Over at Speightstown, another Premier League team were dismissed from the tournament as Mark's Auto Spares Porey Spring were knocked down by Division 2's Checker Hall. With Porey Spring already facing relegation from the top flight, their plight was made no better by the 3-2 loss to the northern team.
Porey Spring were off the mark first with a goal from Nicholas Griffith in the 14thminute. However, the teams went into the break as equals after Azari Collymore found the equaliserin the 30th. Going the other way Renaldo Best put Checker Hall ahead in the 52nd and they would come close to taking the win outright but Damion Thorington had an equaliserof his own in the 91st for Porey Spring to force the game into extra time. It was here that Tyreke Archer brought home the bacon for Checker Hall in the 118th.
There was a triple-header of knockout games played at the Wildey Turf and the nightcap game at 8:00 PM was forced to extra time as well as Weymouth Wales and Empire Club played to a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time. Jabarry Chandler put Empire ahead in the 35th when he comfortably converted from the penalty spot to see his side hold the lead into the interval.
In the 55th, Wales were level with a goal from Ramar Millar and that is how the rest of the half would play out. With neither side making any magic before the 90 minutes were up, Arantees Lawrence had the game-winner in the 107th to see the two-time Premier League defending champions advancing.
After losing in last year's final, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme have their sights set on redemption and are well on the way. The secured a spot in the quarterfinals when they pulled out a 2-1 win over the University of the West Indies Blackbirds.
It was 1-1 at the break after Raheim Sargeant put the soldiers in control in the 21st. Inside the final few seconds of the first half Niall Reid-Stephen locked things up again when he netted a penalty in the 47th. As luck would have it, the Blackbirds returned the favour and presented the Sports Programme with a penalty and Sargeant stepped up to the spot in the 84th and made no mistakes with it, ending the game at 2-1.
Game 1 at the Turf saw Clayton's Kola Tonic Notre Dame barely getting past Pinelands who hail from Division 2. Kyle Gibson came through for the Dames with a hat-trick to see his team home for the 4-3 win.
Lamar Scantlebury (34th, 67th) had Pinelands sitting pretty after goals on either side of the break, however, Azarel Croney pulled one back for the Dames in the 79th. Pinelands were ahead again after Oshae Grant gave them one in the 80th, but Notre Dame would come back to exhibit the brilliance that has seen them remaining relevant in local football in recent times. Gibson had shots in the 82nd, the 86ththrough an penalty and in the 93rd to steer the Dames to the quarterfinals.
The other game on the night saw Ellerton pulling out a 3-0 win over Whitehall at Friendship.