NSC, Mavericks make headway in Women’s League

THE National Sports Council (NSC) Women’s Football Team and Mavericks Women have already made it clear that they will be two of the teams to watch in the 2017 Barbados Football Association’s Women’s League. With the first triple-header of the season coming off this past weekend, the two teams picked up wins to see them both on six points off two games at the top of the table.

Playing at the Wildey Astro Turf on Sunday evening, NSC picked up pole position with a single goal in the 11th hour against the University of the West Indies Women’s Football Club. The last game of the night, the two teams were locked in a stalemate for pretty much the entire encounter – a far cry from the leaders’ opening game.

After winning the league last year, they started their 2017 campaign with a 16-0 victory over Ellerton Women. With UWI known for being rather resilient as they won the title in 2015 after coming dangerously close the previous year, the night-cap match was expected to be a close one. However, Tianna Hackett broke the deadlock in the 90th minute to give the Sports Council ladies just what they needed to clinch the win.

For Mavericks, the situation was similar as they also edged out Kick Start Genesis. Mavericks, who are only behind NSC on goal-difference, put two goals past the Kick Start custodian while they conceded one on their end. All goals came in the second half with Felicia Jarvis getting the ball rolling for Mavericks in the 49th minute. Aaliyah Boyce made it two in the 61st minute, but Kick Start pulled one back two minutes later as Christaline Chandler got her second goal of the season. That would be the last goal scored in the game to see Mavericks come out on top.

The evening’s first game went to Eden Stars Football Club as they recorded a 3-0 win over Technique Football Club to see them into third place on the standings. After losing their opening game to Mavericks, Unity Stars were able to bounce back, and Marissa King opened an account in the 15th minute. The remainder of the first half went without any goals, however, things got going again when Makala Alleyne scored in the 49th. Technique were able to keep their opponents at bay for most of the half, but Nashandi Clarke was able to break the walls in the 90th to give Unity Stars a third goal.

Action is slated to continue this week with games today, tomorrow and Thursday. At 6 p.m. today, Technique will face Ellerton at the Wildey Astro Turf. Tomorrow, Mavericks will be looking to hold on to their second spot at 6 p.m. when they take on the UWI women. NSC hope to continue their march to yet another flawless season as they go up against Unity Stars at 6 p.m. this Thursday.

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