Unity Stars here at the half getting advice from coach Arnold Brathwaite.
The first round of games in the 2017 BFA Women’s League has been completed and the defending champions National Sports Council (NSC) has declared their intentions of retaining their crown from early with a walloping of newcomers Crane & Equipment Ellerton FC.
After the opening day was washed out due to the passing of Hurricane Maria the ladies got their first taste of action with three games which were played on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night at the Wildey Turf.
In the first game on Tuesday NSC came up against Ellerton and inflicted their own version of hurricane Maria on the inexperienced St. George side handing them a 16-0 flogging. Shanice Stevenson, Kamillah Burke, Tianna Hackett and Kimberley Ellis all recorded hat-tricks for NSC with the other goals being scored by Arial Grant, Patrina Brathwaite and Keinelle Johnson. Ellerton also contributed with an own goal.
The St. George side however, should not be daunted. With a little more determination and fitness, they should see their performance improve under the tutelage of coach Andrew Newton.
Wednesday night’s game saw a keenly contested battle between last year’s runner up Mavericks and ESFC Unity Stars who placed 3rd in the competition. This affair end 2-1 in favour of Mavericks after scores were locked at half time. Shania Nanton and the ever-present Felicia Jarvis scored for Mavericks.
Unity Stars would rue the chances which they failed to capitalize on throughout the game. Referee Gillian Martindale awarded a penalty to Unity Stars in the 91st minute which was converted by Tia Briggs-Thompson. Their last chance of salvaging a point came when they were awarded a free kick on the edge of the 18-yard box. This effort however posed no threat to the Mavericks custodian.
On Thursday, Technique FC lost 0-1 to Kickstart Genesis in a low-keyed affair. Both teams seem to be still trying to get back to match fitness and found the going tough. Genesis’ striker Christaline Chandler muffed a few chances on goal throughout the first half before scoring the winner in the 57th minute.
NSC, Mavericks and Kickstart Genesis are on three points each with NSC leading via a superior goal difference. ESFC Unity Stars are in 4th followed by Technique and Ellerton bringing up the rear.
The next round of matches will be on Sunday, September 30 at the BFA Turf in which UWI Blackbirds will have their first taste of action.
3.30 pm – ESFC Unity Stars vs Technique FC
5.30 pm – Kickstart Genesis vs Mavericks Women
7.30 pm – NSC vs UWI Blackbirds