Stalemate

Bajans, Spice Girls battle to a draw

Barbados’ women footballers stepped further into the limelight with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Grenada in a friendly international at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, last night

The local women had the upperhand in the first half of the encounter even though the visitors did produce some good chances of their own. Plenty of build-up work caught the eye with both teams employing short passes and the occasional long ball through the middle. Invariably, though, several offensive efforts broke down in the penalty area and the game remained goal-less at the end of the first half.

When the second period began both teams came out with noticeably greater purpose in an effort to break the stalemate. It was Grenada who took the lead thanks to Merissa Charles who found an opening when the ball was mistakenly kicked to a Grenadian player who deftly crossed it to Charles. She then dribbled her way past Barbados’ goalkeeper Kamillah Burke and scored in the 62nd minute.

There was great celebration among the Grenadians and fans at the ground. But those celebrations would quickly fade when Barbados responded a minute later through striker Kimberley Ellis.

Barbados goal scorer Kimberley Ellis (left) battling Shikkira Charles of Grenada for the ball. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay).
Barbados goal scorer Kimberley Ellis (left) battling Shikkira Charles of Grenada for the ball. (Pictures by Morissa Lindsay).

Shonelle Small received the ball up the right flank of the field and ran swiftly at the Grenadian defenders before sending in a lovely cross to Ellis who was lurking right of the goal area with a defender shadowing her. She controlled the pass skillfully and placed the ball into the back of the nets even though there was a scramble in front of the nets by two Grenada defenders and goalkeeper Connie John to thwart her efforts.

The goal brought alive the local supporters in the UWI stands and they cheered even more when Barbados earned a penalty thanks to Rianna Cyrus who was brought down inside the 18-yard box by Grenadian defender Shakira Collymore. It was the ideal opportunity for the Bajan girls to cap the night.

Barbados captain Gabriella Lopez who played well throughout the game and was involved in several goal-scoring opportunities that went abegging stepped up to take the shot. Lopez placed the ball on the penalty spot,  referee Gillian Martindale blew her whistle and Lopez ran in and delivered a powerful right-footed shot that hit the top post of the goalbars, cleared the goal, and brought a sigh of relief from John and her team-mates as well as their Grenadian supporters in the stands. That was the 86th minute and Barbados had squandered a golden opportunity. The game eventually petered out into a draw with no further chances for either team.

Barbados had this opportunity to score but Grenada defender Shakira Collymore (No. 17) did well to clear the ball away from Gabriella Lopez and Makala Alleyne.
Barbados had this opportunity to score but Grenada defender Shakira Collymore (No. 17) did well to clear the ball away from Gabriella Lopez and Makala Alleyne.

After the game head coach for the Barbados team, Thomas Jordan, said he was quite satisfied with the results seeing that the girls only had one week to prepare for the match.

“[I am] pretty satisfied based on the fact that we only had one week training and most of the girls are generally unfit. But it was a competitive game and I think the one-one scoreline was a fair result,” Jordan said, adding that the Grenadians were worthy opponents and were a seemingly fitter unit than the local girls.

2 Responses to Stalemate

  1. Randy December 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    @Usain Bolt Sports Complex? its a real shame this couldnt be call Obeadele Thompson

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  2. Tony Waterman December 25, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    How about the Jim Wedderburn Sports Complex, Was he not the First Barbadian Athlete (Perhaps the only one ??) to Bring Barbados OLYMPIC Glory ??? as a Bronze Medalist in the 1960 ?? Rome Olympics as a Member of the West Indies Team ???
    Since when was Usain Bolt eligible to be remembered in this way in Barbados, is this a Caricom Thing???
    Where in Jamaica would one find an Obadeli, Thompson, Ryan Brathwaite sports complex ?? i guess Red Plastic Bag got it all wrong “”Home Drums don’t beat first in Barbados””.

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