Thursday 5 December, 2019

Dames down again

After an impressive start to their 2018 Barbados Football Association (BFA) Premier League campaign, Claytons Kola Tonic Notre Dame seems to be slipping.

The former kings of domestic football fell to neighbours and long-time rivals Mackeson Brittons Hill, 1-0 last Sunday night at the BFA Wildey Astroturf.

It was the Dames’ fifth defeat of the season and second consecutive one and with six games remaining, they will need to regroup as quickly as possible if they are to get into the top two spots of Zone 1.

Brittons Hill obtained sweet revenge as they fell to the Bayland boys in the first half of the season by a similar margin.

Notre Dame dominated possession early on, as Brittons Hill opted to drop off and protect the final two-thirds of the pitch and hit their opponents on the counter-attack.

It was via this strategy that Brittons Hill obtained their goal.

Notre Dame got caught with numbers up the field and Romario Small exploited the vacant area on the left-hand side of the field, played a teasing ball across the Dames goal for Guyanese front man Denzyl Fordyce to convert from close range in the 8th minute.

The Dames tried numerous times and various ways to find that important equalizer, but subpar finishing and brilliant goalkeeping by Shaquille Frank kept Notre Dame at bay as they failed to score for the second successive game.

Notre Dame now find themselves fourth in Zone 1 with 18 points from 11 matches, while Brittons Hill climb to third with similar points but a superior goal average.

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