Ellerton served Checker Hall a solid 8-1 flogging when they touched the Wildey Turf last night as the Barbados Football Association’s Capelli SuperCup action continued.
As early as the fifth minute the very reserved Shaquille Belle, who scored five of the recorded goals, got his name on the scorecard, repeating the manoeuvre three minutes later.
And as the clock struck the ten-minute mark, Roshon “Speedy” Gittens got the upper hand and gave the St George based side the lead.
Belle, who dominated the field from start to finish, came back and found his hat-trick in the 31st minute.
Even with substitutions as early as the 33rd minute, Checker Hall’s efforts were subpar in trying to contain Ellerton. It was all downhill from there, and the winners made it 6-0 as half time rolled around, courtesy shots from Rosean Brathwaite (40) and Shaquan Clarke (46).
Belle once again stepped up to the plate in the second half and got an additional brace in the 51st and 88th minutes. However, Checker Hall’s Renaldo Best managed to pull one back in the 58th. While his effort was celebrated all around, it was too late as Ellerton had already wrapped play for the night.
Meanwhile, the Mighty Blues did exactly what fans expected them to do when they came up against Cosmos in the nightcap game.
But the St Peter based Cosmos did not make it an easy ride for Empire, despite the St Michael team finishing 3-1.
Starring the usual suspects, and with reinforcements of Brazilian Daniel Calvi, fans in the stadium were expecting Empire to win by a much wider margin. The nightcap game brought great anticipation that some spectators were overheard placing bets after referee Trevor Taylor signaled kick-off.
Wasting no time, Zinio Harris made his move in the fifth minute from just outside the penalty area, when he hammered a shot past Cosmos’ goalie Lashawn Hinds, much to his surprise.
Three minutes later, Jabarry “Pappy” Chandler pocketed the ball after a perfect cross from Jamali Hutson to take the lead, causing fans to erupt in a satisfying roar.
Halfway through the first half disaster struck, when Hinds had to retire from play after a collision with Chandler left him with a shattered elbow. However, second goalkeeper David Forde took up his position in the bars as Hinds was hustled to the waiting ambulance.
Less than a minute later, Cosmos got their lone goal on the scorecard when Renaldo Farley capitalized on an opening. The ball ricocheted off the crossbars and Empire’s keeper Oba Tucker, in an attempt to catch the flying ball, fell flat. The ball instead found Farley’s boots and he slammed it home at near post.
Following Cosmos goal, the technically apt team came alive, keeping the Mighty Blues at bay for most of the remainder of the game, before Harris, in a similar fashion to his first goal, gave his team a desperate goal, in the 72nd, to stroll off the field with three points under their socks.
The action continues tonight when Villa United and Notre Dame gets the ball rolling, ahead of Fitts Village and Paradise.