Barbican FC, SWWL Champions
Barbican FC defeated Portmore strikers in the second leg of the Sherwin Williams Women’s League Final on Saturday. Barbican gave a 4 – 1 thrashing to Portmore Strikers, winning their fourth consecutive title.
The game ended with an 8 – 1 aggregate scoreline, as Barbican FC already had 4 goals coming into the second leg. Goals from Trudi-Ann Mills, Yolanda Hamilton, Jody-Ann McGregor and Nickhima James secured what was already considered to be a sure win.
Both teams struggled to break down each other in the opening minutes, with the best chance falling to Portmore’s Chervia Blair, who skied her effort from 18 yards.
However, Barbican left-back Hamilton dominated her side of the pitch and constantly invaded Portmore’s penalty area with her piercing runs.
The champions eventually made the break-through when captain Alicia James released the energetic Mills, who raced away from her markers before rounding Peatria Campbell to score in an empty goal.
Three minutes after the break, Hamilton put the game beyond doubt when she latched onto a ball on top of the area and drilled a low shot past Campbell.
First-leg hat-trick hero McGregor then added a third in the 69th minute when she turned her marker inside the area before firing home from 12 yards.
Iesha Mowatt, however, netted a consolation for the St Catherine side when she curled in a free-kick from a very tight angle in the 72nd minute.
Venecia Reid spurned a great chance to get another goal for Portmore minutes later when goalkeeper Khalie Beckford spilled another Mowatt free-kick.
Portmore’s coach Derrick Johnson said the players gave their all, but it was a long way back from four goals down.
“The girls turned up and played their hearts out… but because they were four goals down it was reall y hard,” he said.
Meanwhile, managing director for Sherwin Williams Ian Forbes, expressed satisfaction in the growth and development of the league, but admitted more needs to be done.
“We are very pleased and proud to be title sponsors… ten years ago when we came on board the standard was mediocre but now it has improved tremendously,” he said.
Source: The Jamaica Observer