Youth Milan redeemed themselves, handing Wotton a 4-1 defeat as the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup got underway at the Wildey Turf last night.
All bets were riding on Wotton, who was recently promoted to the Premier League after topping Zone 2 and finishing second overall in Division One, to win the match. Even with new faces of Lionel Paul and veteran coach Eric Alleyne, it was a sure thing.
Wotton ended the first half of the second game with a 1-0 lead, courtesy Captain Reco Baptiste who got on the score sheet in the 37th minute with a drive from the top of the box, after some help from teammate Khalil Gill.
But their anticipated first-time glory on the Turf was short lived in front of the moderate crowd who were gathered in the bleachers.
Milan, who suffered an embarrassing defeat last season, finishing bottom of the barrel, took the opportunity to return to stardom. Romario Drakes capitalized on an opening provided when Wotton’s defensive line broke down in the 50th minute. Ten minutes later, Jeffery King volleyed the ball past Gregg Jones when Kemar Chase’s free-kick was deflected in his path.
Making the most of the chances seen, Antonio Griffith tapped the ball home after King’s cross found his boots in the 71st. Shamar Atkinson sealed the deal for the Checker Hall team, and their return to glory, when he got the ball past Jones in the fading minutes of extra time.
Special mention must also be made of Milan’s goalie Ivan Griffith’s superb performance during the match, who stopped every ball and drive that came his way in the second half.
In the first match of the evening, Scotty’s Car Rentals St Andrew Lions stalked their prey in the form of Whitehall Titans, trumping them 2-0.
While the game got off to a slow start, as both teams appeared to be feeling each other out for the first time, Akeem Ramsey broke the dry spell in the 20th minute with an assist from Shamar “Buju” Edwards heading into the end of the first half with the lead.
It was like déjà vu all over again in the second half, but it was Shakir Skeete who gave the Lions one last roar when he drove the ball into the side of the net, hammering the nails into the Titans coffin for the night.