Marc Stamp, Gleaner Writer
Waterhouse FC waltzed into the semi-finals of the Sherwin Williams Women's League when they hammered Arnett Gardens FC 9-0 at the Waterhouse Mini-Stadium in Drewsland last Saturday.
The Waterhouse team went into the final preliminary round game needing a point to secure a spot in the last four, but won by a huge margin as Arnett appeared disorganised and started the game with only 11 players. Other players came in during the game and joined the bench.
Former national player Keneisha Reid and Shanel Spence both netted hat-tricks each for the winners. Reid scored in the 15th, 29th, and 55th minutes, while Spence's goals came in the 42nd, 47th and 59th minutes. Other scorers for Waterhouse were Kelly-Ann Ferron (19th), Nicole Broderick (38th) and Jamely Henry (39th).
Waterhouse were without coach Xavier Gilbert but dominated and could have won by a much wider margin. Michael 'Mikey' Lowe, Waterhouse women's team manager, was a bit surprised that his team won so easily.
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"I was surprised by the margin of victory as Arnett are a good team. They (Arnett) were missing some players because of injury, and we dominated the game and won easily," Lowe told The Gleaner.
Waterhouse finished second in Group A and will now face defending champions Barbican in the two-way semi-finals.
"Well, we are looking forward to the semi-finals against Barbican as they are the best team in the last four. However, we are peaking at the right time and will give it our best shot over the two legs," Lowe shared.
The first leg semi-finals are set for Saturday with a double-header at Spanish Town Prison Oval. In the first game, Barbican face Waterhouse at 2 p.m. to be followed by G.C. Foster College against Harbour View two hours later.
The date for the second leg semi-finals is yet to be decided by organisers, the Jamaica Football Federation.
Barbican, who will be hunting their third title of the season, won Group A on 22 points, while Harbour View came second on 18 points. G.C. Foster College and Waterhouse ended on 20 points apiece in Group B, but G.C. Foster won the group with a superior goal difference.