Rowe’s kick saves Dames

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DANIEL ROWE pro­duced a stun­ning free kick in the 90th minute to snatch a 2-2 draw for Notre Dame against Bar­ba­dos Soc­cer Acad­emy (BSA) when the Bar­ba­dos Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion’s Premier League con­tin­ued at the Wildey Turf.

Only six sec­onds were on ref­eree Nor­man

Greaves’ watch when Kevin Sa­muel scored the fastest ever goal at the Turf to give BSA the early lead but it wasn’t enough.

Noah Ni­cholls dou­bled the ad­van­tage from the penalty spot in the 25th minute to make the score 2-0 at half time, be­fore the Dames fought back through sec­ond half goals from na­tional striker

Zeco Ed­mee and Rowe to earn a point.

Prior to kick off, BSA, who are new kids on the block were sit­ting two points clear at the top of Zone 1 stand­ings with seven points from three games fol­low­ing a 4-3 vic­tory over Brit­tons Hill United in mid-week ac­tion.

Mean­while, the Dames were in third po­si­tion with four points af­ter a shock­ing 3-1 loss to Porey Spring. Dames’ fans who gath­ered may have won­dered if they would see more of the same when the team from the Bay­land con­ceded within the first minute of the sec­ond en­counter of the night.

Lost control

On the sound of the ref­eree’s whis­tle, Ed­mee played a pass to cen­tral de­fender Chad By­noe, who took a heavy touch on the ball. It al­lowed Vin­cen­tian Sa­muel to rob him of possession, make a search­ing run into the box and lob the ball over a flat-footed Shakib Kell­man in goal to make the score 1-0.

Four min­utes later, the Dames should have pulled back a goal when Kell­man floated the ball long and found the feet of Ed­mee, who passed it to Dis­hon How­ell, who was one-on-one with the goal­keeper but ran out of space to get his shot off.

Azarel Croney and Xavier Clarke, play­ing in the heart of the Dames’ mid­field, had their work cut out, along with Marco St Hill and How­ell, who were busy try­ing to pave a way through a stub­born Acad­emy de­fence, con­trolled by Aluko Prescod. It went from bad to worse for the Dames though, as com­mit­ting men for­ward for the at­tack caused them to be out­num­bered at the back.

Ranaldo New­ton was dis­pos­sessed in the mid­dle of the park, and some sweet give-and-go pass­ing re­sulted in Zari Prescod’s cross be­ing han­dled in the penalty area. Once again, By­noe was the cul­prit, leav­ing the ref­eree to point to the penalty spot. Ni­cholls stepped up and con­verted to make the score 2-0 at the break.

Sub­sti­tu­tions in­flu­enced re­sult

The Soc­cer Acad­emy con­tin­ued to en­joy the ma­jor­ity of ball possession in the sec­ond half and looked on course to re­main at the top of league but were un­able to hang on for what would have been a crit­i­cal win.

Credit must be given to the Dames’ coach­ing staff for mak­ing two im­por­tant sub­sti­tu­tions in Dwayne Mars and Rowe, who were both in­flu­en­tial in the fi­nal re­sult.

Mars de­liv­ered a per­fectly timed ball into the box with five min­utes to play and Ed­mee rose to the oc­ca­sion with a beau­ti­ful header to halve the deficit.

Less than four min­utes later, Christo­pher Wil­son was once again pick­ing the ball out of his own net, when St Hill was fouled out­side the box. Rowe then bent the ball around the wall and into the nets be­fore Wil­son could sort out his foot­ing.

In the first game of the night, UWI Black­birds and Porey Spring also drew 2-2. Ax­cel Ge­orge and Mario Harte grabbed the goals for the Black­birds while Shaquille Ste­wart and Damion Thor­ing­ton were on tar­get for Porey Spring. How­ever, in the night­cap fix­ture, Wey­mouth Wales re­turned to the top of Zone 1 with a com­fort­able 2-0 vic­tory over Brit­tons Hill United. Ke­mar Headley and Ro­mario Hare­wood got on the score sheet.

(Pic­ture by Ken­more By­noe.)

BALL CHAL­LENGE: Dario Lewis of Porey Springs (left) try­ing to stop UWI’S Niall Reid-stephen from ad­vanc­ing.

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