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Exodus pick up first win of tournament

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Girls With Goals captain, Soraya Toppin-Herbert, looking to tackle Exodus' Tiana Bynoe in tonight's opening game of the BFA's Women's Futsal Challenge.

Females Can Ball (FCB) were large and in charge when they faced the Catalan Giants tonight, walking over them 8-0.
The nightcap game was the most exciting of the three matches played, as the Barbados Football Association’s Women’s Futsal Challenge continued at Oasis, Kendal Hill, Christ Church, saw Kimberly Ellis opening the scoring 30 seconds in.
Three minutes later, teammate Amber De Silva scored for FCB, followed by goal number three secured off the feet of Shanice Stevenson, to give them the advantage just as the whistle blew to signal the end of the first 15-minute half.
As the action continued, FCB continued to band together, with some levelled passes and a concentrated defence, to secure another goal by Ellis and a beaver by Stevenson to end the second half on a high, following their 15-0 victory against the Wasps on Sunday night.
Similar to FCB, Pride of Lioness Ballers (PLB), opened their scoring as the game began in the first minute, off the boots of Ashanee Thompson.
Not to be outdone, the Kopites’ Hope Colucci responded six minutes later to level the playing field.
However, PLB showing a very strong defence picked up the pace, and secured a brace compliments Marissa King in the tenth and 14th minutes, to take the lead at the end of the first half.
When play resumed signalling the start of the second half, a more determined Kopites returned to the pitch and got down to brass tacks. They were able to keep PLB at bay, intensifying their attack and scored their second goal in the 26th minute, from Shonelle Trotman, before Christaline Chandler found the equalizer three minutes later.
In the opening game between Girls With Goals (GWG) and Exodus, while Soraya Toppin-Herbert was the MVP of the night, her efforts were not enough and they only managed one goal from the former national player at the end of the first five minutes.
Exodus, playing with a full team, used that to their advantage to dominate GWG, levelling the score in the seventh minute after national player Tiana Bynoe found the back of the net.
Goalkeeper Cadijah Mars, wanting in on the action as well, found an opening after a touch pass by Bynoe and deposited her lone goal of the night past the unsuspecting keeper three minutes later.
If it wasn’t enough for GWG playing minus their goalkeeper, they went down another woman after one of their players retired injured in the opening minutes of the second half.
That was all the invitation Exodus needed. And while Toppin-Herbert razzled and dazzled all night, showing all the skill she possessed on the ball, it wasn’t enough to keep the opponents at bay, who recorded three more goals in the 16th, 28th and 30th minutes, after a brace came in from Bynoe and Fabiana Walthrust secured her second goal of the tournament.

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