Barbican, Strikers women win openers
CHAMPIONS Barbican began their quest for a fifth consecutive Sherwin Williams Women's Football title with a 4-1 win over newcomers GC Foster at Barbican Complex yesterday.
In other Zone A games, Waterhouse beat Trelawny Women, 5-1, while the game between Los Perfectos and Arnett Garden started late.
In Zone B, Portmore Strikers turned back UWI Women, 2-0; Harbour View and Santos drew 1-1, and Olympic edged St Thomas Strikers, 3-2.
At Barbican, Jodian McGregor and Kenesha Reid netted braces for the Charles Edwards-coached team. McGregor fired her team ahead and Reid made it 2-0 soon after. McGregor added the third and Reid sealed the issue.
Edwards said his girls weren't sharp, but he was pleased to get three points. "We don't normally do well in our opening game, so I'm happy," he said.
At Drewsland, Kemesha Wilmot gave Waterhouse the lead after three minutes. Tasheka Small made it 2-0 in the 27th and Nicole Brown gave them a 3-0 advantage in the third minute of added time.
Twelve minutes after the break Small added a second, and although Kerron Lugg pulled a goal back for the visitors in the 68th, Wilmot scored a second in the 77th to restore their four-goal lead.
Arnett Garden, who were slated to travel to Brooks Park to face hosts Los Perfectos had transportation problems and Los Perfectos decided travel to Kingston to play the game. Los Perfectos were leading 3-0 after 30 minutes.
In Zone B, former winners Portmore started with a 2-0 win courtesy of a double from national striker Venecia Reid, who netted in the 23rd and 55th.
At Lysson, Olympic Gardens came from two goals down to beat hosts St Thomas, 3-2. Kadian Samuels put St Thomas in front in the 13th minute and Marvette Tulloch made it 2-0 five minutes later.
Ruth Ann Reece pulled one back for Olympic Gardens in the 26th and Ranesh Sullivan (70th) and Daysai (81st) clinched the victory.