Shanice Stevenson and Rianna Cyrus scored a brace each as Barbados female national team demolished Turks and Caicos in a massive 10-0 victory in the first of two international friendlies at the Wildey, St Michael, AstroTurf on Friday evening.
Playing in their first competitive match since hosting Martinique four months ago, the lady Tridents controlled the game from in the early stages with neat passing, as they bossed the possession.
It would only take four minutes on referee Gillian Martindale’s watch for the home side to get the lead.
Marissa King did well in the midfield to dispossess the Turks and Caicos defender and then passed the ball to Felicia Jarvis who was in acres of space on the right-hand side.
Jarvis produced some excellent dribbling ability but was stopped in her tracks by left back Enie Jean-Louise whose clearance could only find King who tried her luck from outside the box with a shot that dipped right over the head of keeper Olivia Graveley to give Barbados the 1-0 lead.
Eight minutes later and the small crowd gathered at the turf was celebrating once more, Barbados kept up the pressure on their young opponents as a series of attacks led to a number of corner kicks.
The third time was definitely a charm for the hosts. Shanice Stevenson swung a dangerous ball into the box and before the keeper could react Shonna Evelyn rose to the occasion with a brilliant header into the back of the net to make the score 2-0.
With only 12 minutes played the score line already looked like a mountain to climb for the visitors who found it extremely difficult to break down a solid Bajan defensive back line led by captain Gabriella Lopez.
Barbados continued to impress their supporters moving the ball excellently in the middle of the park and applying pressure on the Turks and Caicos team.
That same pressure eventually resulted in Barbados scoring their third goal in what was turning out to be a case of women versus girls and there was no doubt who the women were.
The visitors were caught napping on the right flank and Stevenson made them pay for it when she delivered a perfectly timed ball into the box which was topped by an excellent one-time finish off the right boot of Shante Padmore; 3-0 now the score.
The home team were causing Turks and Caicos problems all evening, and in the 33rd minute, a poor clearance could only find the boot of Felicia Jarvis who made a telling run into the box and finished low past the keeper’s right side to give Barbados a 4-0 advantage.
Barbados would grab one more before half time. Great play once more led to a balanced Tridents team looking dangerous on the attack. A cross into the area was met by Barbadian skipper Lopez whose initial shot hit the bar.
The home side started to regroup and build the play over from scratch, but Lopez decided to curl a left-footed shot from 25 yards into the net to make the score 5-0 at the half and at this stage it was a matter of how many the Bajan girls would score.
The second half proved to be more of the same, with the Turks and Caicos team down and out. Swift play down the left flank by the tricky Padmore who touched the ball further down the line to Alexandra forward Rianna Cyrus who then cut the ball onto her favourite right foot and whistled a shot past the keeper who could only get a glove on it meant that Barbados was now up 6-0 in the 48th minute.
There was still a lot of time left in the game and it seemed as though the Tridents were having a training session. It took some time and in the 69th minute, Tiana Bynoe came to the party with great composure to put away a one-on-one chance with the keeper.
After seeing seven goals fly past their keeper the Turks and Caicos team began to play with a little bit more purpose, however, it was a little bit too late.
The Bajan girls wanted more and they got just that. The Turks and Caicos side found it difficult to get a ball into the box cleared and Cyrus managed to latch her right foot onto it and put the ball right under the custodian. 8-0 now.
Barbados would get two more goals late on from arguably their best player on the pitch. After assisting her teammates Shanice Stevenson got her name on the score sheet in the 80th and 83rd minutes with two long range shots, one being a superb free kick to end the game at 10-0.
Speaking in a post-match press conference Lopez said she was extremely delighted with her team’s performance but added that there were still areas in which the side could improve on.
“I’m happy with the team’s performance. As you can see we haven’t played the football we wanted to play because a lot of us were anxious to get forward because we were playing an easier opposition than we normally do play. But it is always good to get a win in front of the home crowd. But we are going to go back to the drawing board and work on things the coach would have wanted.” (AGB)