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