Michard Denies Empire

Reprinted from the Antigua Observer – by Neto Baptiste

A diving save from Grenades’ Michard Barrett to deny Cool & Smooth Empire’s Zeno Solomon from the penalty spot in the final seconds of their Premier Division clash, on Sunday, was just the last of several the goalkeeper had as he denied the former champions three crucial points.

It was the second game of a double-header contested at the Antigua Recreation Grounds (ARG) and Barrett stole the show, making several specular saves throughout the contest.

Grenades ceased the early initiative when, in minute 14, Kyle Edwards ran past two defenders on the eastern end of the penalty area before slamming his effort into the roof of the net to take his team into the half with a 1-0 cushion.

An early second half effort from midfielder Justin “Trini” Pereira from just outside the 18 yards box seem destined for the back of the net but the Jamaican custodian brilliantly dove to his right to catch the ball in midflight before firmly hitting the turf.

Barrett, a member of Jamaica’s Harbour View FC, made another impossible save when he somehow managed to put a close-range volley over the crossbar even though the show was hit with significant power.

Empire eventually found the equaliser in minute 62 when Jevon Joseph hit into the left corner from just around the penalty spot.

But when referee Vanroy Burnes pointed to the spot in added time after an Empire player went down in the box, many in the grounds thought it was all over.

Barrett however had other plans, diving low to his right to block Solomon’s attempts before hustling to his feet to keep out an intended rebound from the St Vincent import.

Both teams move to 19 points after 11 matches but Empire are third due to a superior goal difference.

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