Brittons Hill’s Terrence Coppin single-handedly handed Central League Spartans a 3-1 defeat when they met for the first time on the Wildey Turf in the Barbados Football Association’s inaugural Capelli SuperCup last night.
Coppin opened the scoring for Brittons Hill in the 24th minute, dominating the field for most of the match. However, Spartan’s Kevon Dottin successfully found the equalizer from a penalty in the 41st much to the delight of their fans, hailing from as far as Jamaica.
Less than two minutes later "No-stopping Coppin" deposited a glancing header, past Spartan’s goalie Justin Neil and into the back of the net, following a cross from Kishmar Wade.
If that wasn’t enough when referee Jamar Springer awarded Brittons Hill the second penalty kick of the game a minute later, Coppin confidently stepped up and deposited that ball, as he did the first two, to give the St Michael team a solid footing heading into the second half and secure his hat-trick.
While Spartans defence picked up in the second half, with substitutions in Raja Robinson, Simon Blades, Shaquan Barton, Romari Smith, Clifford Cameron and Daniel Wilkinson, they were still no match for their opponents.
Zadkigah Samuel also had the opportunity to get his name on the score sheet for Brittons Hill, after beating a defender, leaving him flat on his back, but instead of finding the back of the net, he hammered the ball straight into the waiting arms of Neil.
A second header was deposited into the back of the nets for Brittons Hill just before the final whistle was blown, but Springer ruled it offside much to the dismay of the fans, who all loudly contested his decision.
In the nightcap game, Pride of Gall Hill and Porey Spring left the Turf on even footing, ending their encounter 1-1; the first draw of the tournament thus far.
The game began slowly and it wasn’t until the 20th minute that Gall Hill’s Shaquon Welch struck gold following a free-kick, which caused the crowd to audibly gasp across the stadium.
Their advantage was short-lived because 13 minutes later, Porey Spring got their name on the score sheet when Damion Thorington slid the ball home at near post, following a penalty, which Gall Hill’s Jamal Clark was slow to stop.
In the second half of the game, both teams appeared unsettled and there were numerous calls by members of each team encouraging their players to “settle and set up”. However, the calls of encouragement did very little to do what it intended, and Gall Hill and Porey Spring ended the night without adding any more goals to their team sheets.
The action continues tonight when Ellerton meets Checker Hall FC in Group F at 7 p.m. and Cosmos and Empire close things off in Group F at 9 p.m.