Barbican outclass W'House for 8th title
BARBICAN earned their eighth Sherwin Williams Women's League title and fifth consecutive crown after beating Waterhouse, 4-0, in the final at Stadium East yesterday.
Jodi-Ann McGregor scored a hat-trick and her 28th goal of the season after a late start due to heavy rain.
The match proceeded under intermittent drizzle as Barbican first struck in the 11th minute through league leading scorer McGregor.
The yellow and black-clad team scored their second goal 10 minutes after the halftime break when Waterhouse's goalkeeper Tashana Levy advanced as McGregor collected the ball and booted a right-footer into the net.
The experienced Omolyn Davis worked overtime along the flanks and midfield for Waterhouse, but her efforts went unrewarded when she could find no one to complete the attack she started.
It was McGregor again in the 76th as she ran 18 yards before beating the goalkeeper. Teammate Kimisha Reid put them 4-0 up less than four minutes later as Waterhouse crumbled.
Head coach Charles Edwards praised the team for a "perfect" season in which no points were dropped.
"I think the girls worked extremely hard and I'm proud of them. Fantastic victory for us. I think was beautiful. I think we started shaky, but we seemed to have go it together in the second half and they really took the game to Waterhouse."
Waterhouse's Xavier Gilbert rued the missed opportunities.
"It's tough. I know the young ladies tried, but we made too many errors around the back. Although we didn't play well, I don't think they are four goals better than us. We made some errors in critical areas and they capitalised, and that's what true champions do," he said.