Empire stun Wales 2-1
LEADERS EMPIRE moved even further away from the chasing pack with a morale boosting 2-1 win over Weymouth Wales, condemning the football champions to their third straight Premier League defeat on Saturday night at the Wildey Turf.
In the early matches, Ellerton dispatched ten-man RBC Capital Markets Barbados Soccer Academy (BSA) 2-0, while rural clubs Mark’s Auto Spares Porey Spring United and Youth Milan shared four goals in their 2-2 draw.
The Bank Hall boys started their encounter brightly, restricting Wales’ possession and usual passing game. Ace forward Jabarry “Pappy” Chandler unlocked the Wales defence in the 30th minute, sliding a neat pass into the path of Jamaican Ormando Mcleod to finish past Omari Eastmond in goal despite the best efforts of centre back Ricardio Morris.
Eight minutes later, Empire were threatening again and referee Edwin Adams would soon be called into action.
Appeals went up when Chandler collided with Morris in the box and the referee pointed to the spot. Chandler proceeded to rifle his kick into the roof of the net.
Substitute Kemar Headley reduced the arrears shortly after the resumption in the 49th minute, converting Andre Applewhaite’s lofted ball to the back post.
Wales had opportunities to get themselves back in the game but their efforts were foiled by Empire custodian Oba Tucker whose second half performance helped his team hold on for a vital win.
Porey Spring were at their clinical best against Youth Milan but their defensive frailties were still on show. With Milan’s head coach Norman Forde serving a one-game touchline ban, Porey Spring took the initiative in the 7th minute.
Damion Thorington’s cross from the right, crashed off the post, rebounded off the chest of Mario Graham and nestled in the back of the net. Milan clawed their way back through Kemar Chase, who squeezed the ball into the net following a corner in the
Three minutes later Porey Spring pulled ahead again. Rivaldo Graham’s deep free kick from the right side was met firmly by Shaquille Stewart’s forehead and flew into the net before Milan ‘keeper Richard Corbin could react.
Romario Drakes set up Jaleel Corbin for Milan’s second equaliser with the last action of the half in the 45th minute.
Ellerton and BSA looked evenly matched in their opening contest but the St George side received a significant numerical advantage when Zari Prescod was sent off in the 24th minute for an excessive challenge on Tristan Bancroft.
Ellerton won a penalty in the 30th minute which was dispatched by captain Shakile Belle, who scored for the second game running.
BSA’S bad luck was compounded with the concession of another penalty in the 71st minute. Shaquan Clarke, stepped up to smash home the spot kick and extend his side’s unbeaten run to five games.
MOVING ON:Ryan Stuart ofPorey Spring (left) looking to stopYouth Milan’s captain Marlon Greaves.