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The boys of the Barbados Defence Force moved closer towards being the island’s Premier League 2019 champions when they stung the reigning two-time defending champions, Weymouth Wales 2-0 Sunday to gain the edge following a draw in the best of three battle.

These teams emerged the best sides of the two groups of the Barbados Football Association senior men’s competition, played on a round-robin format and are now battling it out in three games to earn the title of best club this season.

Weymouth topped Zone One with 41 points, and BDF headed the list in Zone Two with 52 points.

In the first of the three encounters last week they fought to a 2-all draw, with the army boys having to come from behind to level the game.

There was no such closeness in second encounter Sunday night at the Astroturf in Wildey, St. Michael, though Weymouth should have emerged the winner if the number of players on the field was anything to go by.

But against all odds BDF registered the victory though they ended the game with only nine players on the field playing against Weymouth’s full 11.

BDF registered the first goal of the game in the second minute thanks to a shot from captain and senior national player Raheim Sargeant.

Akeem Hill got red-carded in the 33rd minute for hitting an opposing player.

In spite of the army boys taking the field for the second half with one player short Weymouth could have done nothing to capitalise.

Instead the BDF’s second goal came in the first minute of the four added for injury-time through the boot of striker T’Shane Lorde.

Another violent play by a BDF player Renaldo Trim saw him being sent off in the 94th minute just before the full-time whistle.

BDF now hold a 2-0 advantage through goals scored and the Weymouth Wales players will have to beat the army boys by a clear three goals to claim the 2019 championship when they meet Sunday for the final game.

Updated 10:54 am, May 28, 2019
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