Bassa came from a goal down to hand defending champion Asot’s Arcade Parham its second straight loss in the Imobile Premier Divisionin the feature game of a double header at the ARG on Wednesday.
Substitute Romario Braithwaite came on in the second half to score the game winner nine minutes from time, the final nail in Parham’s coffin, at least in this game.
After falling to Willikies on Sunday, Parham needed to get off to a positive start against the young Bassa team, and they got the opening goal from national striker Kerry “Arab” Skepple in the 32nd.
Skepple hit home from the edge of the 18 following a defensive foul.
‘A la’ the national game against Haiti where Skepple hit home through the arms of the Haitian keeper, the Bassa goalie suffered the same faith against Arab.
It was a good hard dipping shot that went straight through the arms of the Bassa keeper and into the back of the net.
Parham searched for more but was unable to find that very important cushion against a very pesky and disciplined Bassa offence which went searching for the equalizer.
The tying goal could not have come at a better time and in more dramatic fashing.
With four extra minutes to go in the first session Deshawn Browne a.k.a “Dutty Mouth” came up with one of his patented drives, this one a rocket from about 25 yards out.
With time winning down Browne fired at a ball that was feebly hit out of the Parham defence.
The boom that followed was no bomb going off but rather Browne firing from distance to beat a shocked Tahari Lewis in the goal.
It was by far the best strike for the season and it will take a lot of doing to better that shot.
Both teams searched for a winner but in the end it was the Bassa defence that held strong and Braithwaite was able to breakthrough on a free-kick that left the Parham defence idle.
Bassa will be back on the field on Saturday as they take on Champion Footwear Hoppers.
Parham remains on four points in a three-team tie with Willikies and Empire, one place from the bottom of the table occupied by Bullets on one point.
Parham will rest this weekend.
With the win Bassa jumped to the top of the standings tied on ten points with Special Security Services All Saints United.
Earlier some fine goal keeping from both Kendel Honore of Cool & Smooth Empire and Cruz Kelsick of Sea View Farm kept both teams from scoring.
Cruz made one save in particular on a shot that was surely headed for goal.
The Farm keeper was heading to his right on a shot from far out that swerved and dipped to his left.
Cruz ‘miraculously’ paused in midair, stuck his left hand out and deflected the ball away from danger.
Honere was equally as good between the Empire uprights denying the Sea View Farm offence time after time.
With four points from six matches Empire remains one from the bottom on four points and still without a win for the season.
Empire next opponent will be Bullets in a bottom of the table clash on Saturday while Farm will come up against Lime Old Road in the feature match on Sunday.
Courtesy of ABFA WebNews Team