BARBADOS EASES TO 2-1 WIN OVER IMPROVED BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS TEAM IN GROUP “D” OF DIGICEL CARIBBEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Lashida Williams ? min 11
Norman Forde ? min 53
British Virgin Islands
Rohan Lennon ? min 23
Shots on target
Shots off target
Barbados set up what is expected to be an enthralling climax to the first phase of the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championship (DCC) on Sunday evening when they defeated the British Virgin Islands (BVI) by the odd goal in three as the Third Edition of the DCC continued with Group D play on Friday evening.
The Barbadians found a much more resilient and determined BVI side which made some changes to their starting line-up that went down 0-4 to hosts St. Kitts-Nevis on Wednesday night. While they did not win a game here, the BVI team did put on a much better show against their rivals from the Land of the Flying Fish.
Barbados controlled play for the most part and like the Kittitians, missed a number of chances which, if they had scored, would have made things much lighter going into Sunday?s final group match against the home team.
The BVI Technical team made some changes to the starting line-up bringing in Raymond Cummings, Alex Green and Rohan Lennon and their presence added some fight to the BVI?s cause as they looked a much better organized bunch.
Barbados on the other hand, quite early signaled their intentions that they meant business and like St. Kitts, they were on the score sheet very early in the match.
Lashida Williams collected a pass just over the half way line in the BVI half on the right side, broke away from the opposing players, drew goalkeeper Montgomery Butler off his line before putting the ball into the back of the net at the far post.
The BVI were again guilty of giving up space to the opposing side and suffered an early set back as a result. Their forward, which showed a lack of energy and speed in the first game, looked somewhat improved and created a few challenges for the Barbadians.
BVI?s midfield play and communication with the players up front was better and they proved that with the equalizer in the 25th minute. Rohan Lennon, in for his first match, sparked for his side. He skillfully evaded the high defense of the Barbadians after some good work in the midfield, found himself one on one with goal keeper Adrian Chase whom he evaded as well before easily patting the ball into an open goal with the Barbadian defense in hot pursuit, but they were just a tad bit too late.
The face of the game changed after the score was evened and the Barbadians somehow began to play less aggressive but created a few chances as the game matured. Again, Butler between the uprights for the BVI brought off some excellent saves.
Mario Harte squandered a good opportunity to put Barbados back in the lead in about the 35th minute when he hit the ball straight to Butler after creating the necessary space to shoot from another promising build up.
Five minutes later, Butler made a rare mistake when he totally misjudged a ball and found himself out of goal but the ensuing shot by Barbados was cleared off the goal line by the alert BVI defender, Noel Isaacs.
And when referee Ignatius Baptiste sounded the whistle for the half time break the score line of 1-1 looked very encouraging for the underdog side.
On resumption, it was no surprise that Barbados would have been in attacking mode but Butler was equally up to the task for his side, bringing off a few breathtaking saves, many at point blank range.
Eight minutes into the half, Barbados won a free kick just outside the area which saw the combination of Mario Harte and captain and veteran player Norman Forde strategising on how to take it.
Harte ran off and just nudged the ball into the path of Forde who blasted the ball low and hard into the back of the net, evading the wall and keeper. The goal virtually sealed the deal for Barbados.
The remaining minutes saw both teams digging deep, the Barbadians guilty of throwing away numerous chances which they cannot afford to do when they face St. Kitts-Nevis on Sunday night.
Speaking after the game, BVI coach Avondale Williams, a former national player and captain said he was happy with the way his charges performed given the many challenges they face back home.
His Barbadian counterpart, Thomas Jordan gave credit to the BVI side for putting up a good fight but said his team dominated the game and felt that they should have scored a lot more goals.
Home team St. Kitts will be aiming to maintain the trend set by all the other host countries of the first phase by advancing to the second phase and can do so with a win or a draw.
The Barbadians however, will be backing themselves to take victory on Sunday evening also, which sets up a mouth watering finale to the first phase of the 2008, Digicel Caribbean Championship.
Barbados: 01. Adrian Chase, 02. Barry Skeete, 16. Andre Daniel, 06. Rohan Hall, 05. Bryan Neblett, 08. Brian Gay (17. Angus Doyle min 61), 14. Ramuel Miller (15. Romell Burgess min 37), 10. Norman Forde, 13. Mario Harte, 09. Riverie Williams (07. Donavcan Lavine min 78), 12. Lashida Williams.
Subs: 18. Bentley Springer, 03. Johnathan Straker, 04. Omar Archer, 11. Richard Lavine.
British Virgin Islands: 19. Venton James, 17. Ranelie Cain, 10. Lyndon Remy, 8. Dwayne Ross, 13. Raymond Cummings, 9. Fitzroy Daley, 18. Noel Isaacs, 5. Elvis Williams (15. Andy Davis min 63), 4. Alex Green (14. Mervin Dainty min 75), 16. Rohan Lennon (6. Chesley Miller min 88), 1. Montgomery Butler.
Subs: 7. Raul Ettienne, 11. Nano Ottley, 22. Henif James GK, 2. Jevorne Demming