Waterhouse, Cavalier to contest JFF Women's Premier League final

Observer writer

Monday, October 29, 2018

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Waterhouse FC and Cavalier FC booked their places in the final of the 2018/2019 Jamaica Football Federation Lascelles Employees and Partners Co-operative Credit Union Women's Premier League with victories in their second leg semi-finals at the Tony Spaulding Sports Complex last Saturday.

The teams will meet in the final on Saturday at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium at 5:00 pm after the third-place play-off between Arnett Gardens and Olympic Gardens, which starts at 3:00 pm.

Waterhouse, who will be gunning for their third-major title this season, having already won the Mid-Season and Knockout finals, sealed their birth in the final with a 3-0 win over Olympic Gardens. They started the match trailing 1-2, but won the tie 4-2 on aggregate.

Cavalier, in the meantime, clinched their spot by clipping Arnett Gardens 3-2 in the return leg to win the tie 5-4 on aggregate. Both teams ended 2-2 after the first leg .

Forward Shantel Bailey from Waterhouse scored a brace in the 88th and 90th+4 minutes to push her tally to 10 goals, while Davia Richards, who came on as a substitute, scored in the 75th minute to move to eight goals.

Cavalier's goals were scored by Kersha Thomas in the seventh minute, Suen Gregory in the 42nd minute and Chrissann Roberts got the third.

Arnett Gardens' scorers were Shoe Koena Thompson in the 13th minute and Shenika Williams in 90th+1 minute.

Xavier Gilbert, coach of Waterhouse, said he was very pleased with the team .

“Coming into this second leg, we needed to win and the players applied themselves well by putting pressure on Olympic Gardens, especially in the second half, as they dominated the game. With the pressure mounting on our opponents, they began making mistakes and the players capitalised well and got the goals we needed to come out victoriously,” Gilbert said.

The Waterhouse coach added that despite beating Cavalier heavily in their two previous meetings — 7-0 and 6-0 in the preliminary round — he won't be taking them lightly in the final, as they seemed to have improved.

Coach of Olympic Gardens, Alicia James said she was not pleased with the performance of the players as they allowed Waterhouse to come and put them under pressure.

“They were not tackling their opponents and also not attacking enough as the defenders were not coming forward out of their zone. Waterhouse, however, is a very experienced team as they have at least eight players from Barbican in their team,” James noted.

Meanwhile, Everdean Scarlett, assistant coach of Cavalier, said the girls played a beautiful game and he was proud of them for reaching the final.

“I instructed the players during the half-time break to keep a clean sheet in the second half and they should make it to the final. We led 2-1 at half-time and scored early in the second half to make it 3-1. That is where we had the game wrapped up, despite giving up a late goal as Arnett were attacking strongly, but the defenders did well to hold them off,” Scarlett said.

He said despite being beaten badly in their first two meetings by Waterhouse, it should be a new game and anything can happen. “We are going into the final to play some good football and it depends on who wants it most.”

Byron Earle, coach of Arnett Gardens, said his forwards and his link players never capitalised on the many changes the team created, especially inside the penalty box.

“We got poor decisions from the referee in charge of the game. Arnett actually scored a goal from a free kick that was disallowed. The ball hit the crossbar, went inside and bounced out. One of our players rushed forward to make certain the goal was scored and played the ball into the goal and was ruled offside by the assistant referee,” Earle said.

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