Eleven goals were scored between three of four of the teams when the second matchday of the Barbados Football Association’s Capelli SuperCup action got underway at the Wildey Turf last night.
First out the blocks were recently promoted Abrahams United Silver Sands, who dismantled Technique 7-0.
The Southerners were recently promoted again to the Premier League following a second-place finish on 40 points, after winning 12 matches, drawing four and losing seven in Zone 1 of last season’s Division One competition.
Adrian Mapp, head coach of Division Three winners Technique, would have to return to the drawing board to perfect their moves if they intend to have a shot at the $50,000 grand prize.
Silver Sands’ Renaldo Sargeant wasted no time and struck in the second minute of play to get on the scorecards first. While things moved at a reasonable pace, even with all the slipping and sliding across the Turf as a result of the earlier rains, Silver Sands still kept one goal in mind; finish strong.
With that goal in mind, Kemar Ward found the nets in the 25th minute ahead of Derrine Gale-Forde, who secured a brace heading into the halftime mark, giving the promotes the lead.
When play resumed, Rashon Inniss successfully deposited a ball at near post much to the amazement of Technique’s goalie Christian Cadogan, who had all but given up at that point, and protested in frustration.
Things quieted down a bit at that point, but Donte McClean came back in the 68th minute and registered another goal, before Gale-Forde completed his hat trick, 17 minutes later, ending the night for Silver Sands as the clear winners.
Meanwhile, in the nightcap game, the man of the moment was Under-23 player Niall Reid-Stephens, who led the University of the West Indies (UWI) Blackbirds to victory, following his stellar performance and hat trick of the night to end that encounter 3-1 against Pinelands.
Stephens showed great promise and potential, pocketing all three goals before the first half whistle was blown, much to the delight of those who braved the weather and were spectating from the bleachers.
As the second half continued, the youthful Pinelands team brought their energy to the game, almost keeping pace with the more seasoned Blackbirds. And for their consistency and persistence, Richards got past a sleeping custodian in the 57th minute.
The action continues tonight at the Wildey Turf when Brittons Hill will face off against Central League Spartans at 7 p.m., followed by Porey Spring United and Pride of Gall Hill at 9 p.m.