Barbados and Dominica played to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly at the Dover, Christ Church playing field last night.
It was an encounter of several missed opportunities on both sides, where, with a bit more composure in front of goal, and greater fitness, might have led to a different outcome.
The home girls got off to the best possible start in the fifth minute following an error by Dominica. Barbados’ number 15 Makala Alleyne sent in a powerful, but somewhat speculative shot at goal from the left side of the field. Custodian Kadisha Joseph made a hash of the shot, first fumbling it, and then allowing it to slip between her legs and roll into the goal bars. It sparked celebration among the Barbados team and the spectators at the ground.
Dominica, though stung by the early goal, were not deterred by the buzz from the home supporters following the opening goal and pressured the Barbados defence in search of the equalizer. Their enterprise was rewarded very swiftly when after some clever build-up play Alijah Titre netted past Kamillah Burke in the eighth minute to bring parity to the scoreline.
The teams went into the break locked at 1-1 and with many expecting further goals in the second period. However, fatigue seemed to set in among the girls and despite a few chances much of the play was concentrated on the flanks or in mid-field. A few speculative long balls by Barbados in search of the strikers often found no one at the end of them and when the final whistle came the two teams had to settle for a share of the spoils.
After the game Barbados captain Gabriella Lopez told Barbados TODAY that most of the players’ legs “got the best of them” at Dover after playing the previous night. She said though the local players weren’t as fit as the Dominicans they still managed to endure and play some good football.
“I think the legs got the best of us today. A lot of us came out and played ninety minutes today and one hundred and eighty minutes in two days is no easy task especially with a team that isn’t as fit as it needs to be. However with a team as skillful as ours it is a matter of stringing together ninety successful minutes which we did,” Lopez said.
Barbados’ football management may soon be forced to select a new captain as Lopez is heading overseas to do some coaching and her masters degree.
On Saturday in a game to determine FIFA ranking Barbados defeated the Dominicans 3-1 at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.
Striker Felicia Jarvis opened the score for Barbados in the 36th minute, Tiffany White put the home girls 2-0 up in the 41st and Shanice Stevenson made it 3-0 in the 48th minute. Barbados again dominated the game in the second half in much the same fashion as they had done in the first. However, Kaysanda Alexander managed to give the visitors something to smile about when she scored in the 63rd minute.