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Defending Champions ousted from Champions Cup

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Paradise FC will not be defending their title in this year’s Barbados Football Association’s Champions Cup, after Weymouth Wales got the upper hand ending their encounter 1-0.

Although the yellow submarines had the greater ball action of the night cap game during the Sunday Night Football, it was Wales who drew the first and only blood of the game.

Paradise’s Barry Skeete failed to find his mark with a backward header in the 28th minute. That was the opening Wales needed as Walton Burrowes collected the ball and sent it straight into the back of the net, much to goalkeeper Jason Boxhill’s surprise.

Burrowes went on to score another goal via an airborne header, after a superb pass from Ricardio Morris, but it was ruled offside just as the whistle was blown to end the first half.

Paradise came out renewed and with determination in the second half, but it was not enough to give the BFA’s top goal scorer for the year, Armando “Sugar” Lashley and Zico Phillips  any comeuppance with three free kicks, all of which went wide.

In the opening game of the night, Crane and Equipment Ltd. Ellerton FC sent Scotty Car Rentals St Andrew Lions packing after beating them 4-1.

Ellerton wasted no time in securing three goals in the first half, courtesy Shaquan Clarke, Romario Drakes and Shakille Belle, in the 11th, 17th and 32nd respectively. Not to be outdone, the Lions landed one on the scorecard after Jamol Williams scored in the 28th. And in true champion style, Ellerton returned in the second half to send the Lions home with their tail between their legs when Belle deposited the final goal in the dying minutes of the game.

Meanwhile, in Saturday night’s action Britton’s Hill punished Checker Hall 6-0. As early as the ninth minute, Dante Greenidge held the St Lucy side at bay when he recorded the first true goal of the game. A minute before, Checker Hall’s Renaldo Best thought he had been the first goal scorer of the night, but that goal was ruled offside.

That upset seemed to rattle Checker Hall, who were unable to get their heads and their feet back in the game. Greenidge went on to record a hat trick, while Marc Layne managed a brace and Kishmar Wade a single goal to lead Brittons Hill to a spot in the semi-finals.

The Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme (BDFSP), also booked themselves a ticket in the semi-finals, after defeating Notre Dame 2-1.

Antonio Arthur and T’Shane Lorde sealed the deal for the soldiers even before the whistle was blown at the end of the first half.

BDFSP played a calm game against Notre Dame, who as early as the ninth minute had a stroke of bad luck when Rajohn Hawkesworth was sent off following his third foul in a row.

Despite the shortfall, while the Dames played in earnest, they were not quick enough and BDFSP used that to their advantage. In the final ten minutes of the game, Kyle Gibson was able to pocket one for the Dames, following a corner kick, but in the end,  it wasn’t enough to defeat the soldiers.

Wales will face Brittons Hill in the first semi-final, while Ellerton and BDFSP will go head to head in the other semifinal.

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