Footy Queens and Dandy Stars come up trumps
Women’s Football League action continued at the BFA Field last night on Friday night with a total of seven goals.
In the opening match, Footy Queens overcame a stubborn PHC outfit to win 3-0 with all goals coming in the second half. The game started on even keel as veterans Dominique Richardson (Queens captain) and Akale Furbert (PHC) battled hard for possession of the ball in the midfield area.
The Queens were led by strikers LeiLanni Nesbeth, Teyah Lindo and Deshae Darrell, all seasoned players who were a menace in every promising attack but failed to penetrate a tight PHC defence marshalled by captain Sideya Dill.
Furbert nearly scored with the first shoot of the game with a hard drive, which the Queens goalkeeper did well to push around a post. Darrell had the ball in the back of the net early in the opening minutes, but was ruled offside. Despite their dominance, the teams were goalless at the half.
The Queens’ persistence paid off early in the second half when Nesbeth dribbled down the right flank before pulling the ball back for Lindo to hit a hard drive into the corner of the net.
The provider became scorer within a few minutes when she took advantage of a defensive mix-up to slot the ball under a stranded goalkeeper before substitute Zindzi Swan was on the end of another Nesbeth pass to slam the ball home with her first touch.
Player of the match Nesbeth said: “I just came back Monday and had one session with the team. It was a good performance but I know that we are capable of playing better with the more games we play.”
In the nightcap, St George’s, playing in their first league match, gave a good account of themselves before going down 3-1 to Dandy Stars. Marissa Ferrantino opened the scoring for the Stars when she capitalised on a goalkeeper fumble to slice the ball into the net and would then score Stars’ second goal with a cross-shot from the left flank that sailed over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net. Sisters Tina Wall and Ashley Coddington kept St George’s in the game with some heavy tackling to deny most of Stars’ attacks.
Stacy Babb would pull one back for St George’s with not only the goal of the game but also the goal of the night. After collecting the ball some 40 yards from goal, she looked up and saw the goalkeeper off her line before delivering a clever drive that had the custodian back-pedalling before it dipped under the bar and into the back of the net. The crowd applauded in appreciation.
Stars restored their two-goal lead when Kenshae Richardson was brought down from behind inside the box. The custodian saved her first attempt but it had to be retaken because a St George’s player encroached on the kick. The second attempt was placed to the right of the stranded goalkeeper.
Babb had a chance for a second with nearly the last kick of the game, but her low drive from the right missed the upright by inches with the goalkeeper beaten.