Barbican's girls on top again
Robert Bailey, Sunday Gleaner Writer
Defending champions Barbican captured the Sherwin Williams/Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Women's football trophy for the fifth consecutive year with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Waterhouse at the Stadium East field yesterday.
The Charles Edwards-coached Barbican, were led to victory by a hat-trick from national striker Jodi-Ann McGregor. Keneisha Reid was the other scorer for Barbican, who ended the season unbeaten.
The skilful McGregor netted her goals for the champions in the 11th, 55th and 76th minutes. Reid scored Barbican's fourth in the 80th minute.
McGregor, who ended the season as the league's leading scorer with 28 goals, was very elated.
"I am very happy," said McGregor. "I think this is the best season so far in my career and so I am just going to continue to work hard on my game," she added.
Barbican dominated the early proceedings and were finally rewarded when McGregor headed home from close range past goalkeeper Jodian Goulbourne, to give her team a 1-0 lead at half time.
McGregor, who entertained the spectators with her clever dribbling skills, doubled Barbican's lead five minutes into the second period, when she outjumped two Waterhouse defenders to head home.
She wrapped up the victory for Barbican when she fired past Goulbourne from 12 yards.
Edwards was very happy with his team's performance.
"It is a fantastic victory for us," he said.
He added: "This was a perfect season for us because we have gone the entire season without dropping a point and I think the girls worked extremely hard and I am very proud of them."
Xavier Gilbert, coach of Waterhouse said: "It is a tough loss for us because I know the young ladies tried but I think we made too many errors around the back and that cost us the game."