Sunday, March 3, 2024

NSC the best

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Form is temporary but class is permanent.

The National Sports Council (NSC) women displayed all their class last Sunday night at the Emmerton Playing Field to defeat Genesis 3-1 and claim the Barbados Football Association’s 2014 Women’s Premier League tournament.

NSC came into the final game of the season three points behind leaders University of the West Indies (UWI), who turned out Sunday night in heavy support of Genesis. However, NSC displayed willpower and professionalism to reign supreme and dent the hearts of UWI and their supporters.

The win was just enough to start a celebration, as they won the title due to a better goal difference, with both teams tied on 28 points. 

Tianna Hackett’s first-half double provided the perfect platform for NSC – her goals in the 23rd and 25th minutes did not just propel her team to victory but made her the highest scoring midfielder in the league with eight goals.

Genesis were given a lifeline in the 77th minute, when Kerry Trotman’s penetrating pass from midfield caused confusion between a NSC defender and their goalkeeper and the ball subsequently ended in the back of the NSC net.

NSC did not panic and showed why they are deservingly the best female team in the island for the past two years, regaining their two-goal cushion in the 90th minute.

Sharp-shooter Jalisa Callender turned and twisted inside the penalty area to create some space then unleashed a right-footed shot high into the roof of the net to seal the title for NSC.

In the earlier clash between Mavericks and Eden Stars Unity, both teams shared the points in a 1-1 draw. Aaliyah gave Mavericks the lead in the 7th minute but Striker Rihanna Cyrus replied for Eden Stars in the 42nd minute, with her tenth goal of the season, to finish as the league’s top scorer overall.

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