Reigning Premier League champions, the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme recorded their first win and their first clean sheet in the 2020 Coca Cola Premier League tonight.
Playing against Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame, the soldiers were more than ready for the game and wasted no time in creating opportunities to secure a win.
As early as the third minute, Nicholas Best had his first attempt on goal with a right-foot shot, but his shot went just wide of its marker.
Then, in the 23rd minute, Omani Leacock was taken down on the line by Dames’ keeper Shaquib Kellman and referee Jamar Springer awarded the soldiers a penalty.
Quick as a breeze floating over a crest, as Springer blew his whistle, Kellman dove left and Leacock shot right to bury the ball into the corner of the net.
Less than a minute later Best came in with a shot from distance and found his mark to give his side the go-ahead goal much to Dames dismay.
But the soldiers lost their footing as the heavens opened and they were all drenched in the rain. And while they fought valiantly to record another goal, the slippery surface was not to their advantage.
As the second half rolled around, they desperately tried to find another goal, but it was not to be as the rains came once again, soaking them to the soul and seemingly freezing their feet. And although there were some excellent opportunities for them to score at least two more goals, they were unable to convert.
Dames, on the other hand, had some more than excellent chances, but they too failed to convert and record any goals as the reigning champions ensured they did not secure any goals.
Scotty’s Car Rentals St Andrew Lions and UWI Blackbirds played to a 1-1 draw in the second matchup of the evening.
Recent addition to the team, Arantees Lawrence, scored his first goal as a Lion on the cusp of the first half off a corner kick. The ball was played into the box, and headed twice before Lawrence was able to roll it nonchalantly into the back of the nets, while Blackbirds keeper Nashton Browne was clear off his line.
While the Lions tried to maintain the lead, five minutes before stoppage time, the teenaged Niall Reid-Stephen made amends for the last game against Weymouth Wales where he had an otherwise dismal performance.
A short one-on-one with a defender saw him taking advantage of goalie Sharad McCallister being off his line with a shot at close range to equalize for his team, leaving McCallister to shake his head in disbelief.
Meanwhile, in the first game of the evening, Brittons Hill and Crane and Equipment Ellerton played to a 0-0 deadlock. Despite the St George side having the upper hand and greater possession, they were unable to get the right footing on the St Michael side.
The action continues tomorrow night at the Wildey Turf when Silver Sands and Paradise get the ball rolling at 4 p.m., followed by Empire and Deacons at 6 p.m., before Wales and Wotton close off the night’s proceedings.