The National Sports Council registered a convincing 4-1 victory over their opponents Eden Stars in the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Women’s League when the two sides met Sunday night at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, Cave Hill, St Michael. Midfielder Patrina Brathwaite was the MVP for her team as she scored two of the four goals.
After the first five minutes of the first half, it was impossible to determine who held the ascendancy as possession was evenly exchanged between both teams. However, this would all change just two minutes later when National Sports Council’s forward Kimberly Ellis provided the first goal for her team to give them an early 1-0 lead.
Eden Stars struggled to keep possession of the ball to create any opportunity for an equalizer, and eventually they would be put under more pressure when Brathwaite would register her first goal of the night, which evaded the diving effort of Eden Stars’ goalkeeper Kadisha Griffith, making it 2-0. As for Sports Council’s goalkeeper Rhea Holder, she was having very little work to do in the first half, as the opposing team were creating little to no scoring opportunities for themselves.
In the second half, Brathwaite eventually came to the party again in the 59th minute capitalizing on her second scoring opportunity, and giving Sports Council a 3-0 lead.
For a while, Eden Stars were looking like they did not have any responses to their tough opponents’ dominance. However, Rianna Cyrus would eventually give Eden Stars’ fans something to cheer about in the 86th minute with a shot which went high above Holder’s jumping effort and into the net to make it 3-1, and pulling one back.
Despite this, Sports Council were not phased one bit, and their dominance over the game was displayed just two minutes later when midfielder Tiana Hackett would leave the score at 4-1 with the final goal which would seal the deal for the victorious team.
Meanwhile in the other game, Technique defeated UWI 2-0. Technique’s Shamanda Carter who switched from forward to outside right-winger provided both goals for her team, the first coming in the 57th minute, and the second in the 91st minute after the teams were given three minutes of stoppage time in the second half.
Moreover, Technique’s goalkeeper Tamisha Marshall starred for her team consistently throughout the game as she saved even the most difficult attempts, and made it virtually impossible for UWI to make a breakthrough.