Published on February 1st, 2016 | by kickstartfc0
Stars Suffer Their First Loss of the Season
After back-to-back victories in their previous two matches, the KickStart Stars were halted in their tracks the Barbados Defense Force soldiers on Thursday night at the Glebe in St. George.
Playing their third match in 5 days, player/coach Kent Hall chose to rest a few players, including himself, from the start of the match and also employ some different tactics, but one mistake proved to be their undoing on the evening.
In an effort to counteract the aerial strength of their opponents coach Hall opted for a 5-3-2 formation, with goalscoring hero from the previous match, Stuart Hall, returning to his regular centre back position, alongside team captain Naphtali Cave and Tim Maynard; Jabari Brandford and Stefon Caesar-Cadogan played the right and left wing back positions respectively. Bryan Johnson was handed his first senior team start and joined up with Morgan Robinson and Gregg Mandeville (who passed a late fitness test) to make up the midfield trio. Jacques Hibbert, who also made his first start of the season, paired up with Zaquan Ishmael at the top.
Looking fitter and fresher on the night, the soldiers would outrun and outgun the Stars from the kickoff and it took several heroics from goalkeeper Zico Callendar to keep the BDF at bay til halftime. Shortly after the restart, with the momentum still heavily swayed in the BDF’s favour, coach Hall introduced himself and Elector Pearson to try to stem the flow but it was perhaps too late. In spite of some good defending on the right side, Pearson was unable to deny what turned out to be an excellent cross that found the BDF player unmarked at the far post, allowing him to score an easy short range header. Deflated yet determined, the Stars would make a valiant push to restore parity but generally were short of quality when and where it mattered most. The best chance of the night would fall to Brandford, who was pushed to centre forward with Pearson’s introduction, but he took too long to get his shot away after Kent Hall had played him in at the edge of the box.
The 1-0 loss left the Stars on seven points from their opening four matches but still in first place due to point deductions for other clubs, and pending the outcome of other fixtures. Their next match is on Tuesday night at 7:00pm at Westbury Primary School vs Beverly Hills and they’ll be hoping for a result similar to the one they earned against Oxley exactly a week prior at the same venue.