Ellerton drowned in goals

Mavericks remained on the heels of defending champions and leaders National Sports Council with a 12-0 thumping of Crane and Equipment Ellerton when the Women’s Premier League continued last night.

Playing in the first match of a tripleheader at the Wildey, St Michael AstroTurf, Mavericks were looking to maintain their unbeaten run and claim a third win in as many matches, while Ellerton who sit bottom of the table were hopeful of a first league win.

Before the referee’s whistle was blown the ladies from St George started the game at a disadvantage being without a number of their players including captain Asha Stevenson and were only able to field eight players.

Already at least three players short to make up a starting 11, Ellerton were in all kind of trouble early on as Mavericks capitalized on the services of their national players to break the deadlock.

What proved to be a miserable evening for Ellerton started as early as the seventh minute. National striker Felicia Jarvis orchestrated a great attack from the midfield where she then slid the ball onto the feet on Shaunte Carrington on the left wing.

Carrington then delivered a telling left-footed cross for Cheyanna Burnett to control and finesse a shot into the top left corner as Ellerton keeper Lakeisha Harewood could only get her fingertips on it.

After that goal, Ellerton managed to avoid conceding for a quarter of an hour thanks to poor finishing from the Mavericks who had endless opportunities to improve their lead on a team which was horrible all evening.

It was a matter of when the second goal would come. Mavericks had to be patient right up until the 25th minute, this time Cheryse Rollins found Moesha Goodman in the box who converted a comfortably timed shot to make the score 2-0.

Ellerton’s Zaniah Mascoll shields the ball away from Mavericks Kerisha Catlyn.

Exactly one minute later and the Mavericks team were celebrating again as the in-form Jarvis wrote her name on the score sheet with a neat side-foot pass into the opponents’ goal.

At this point, Ellerton were facing an uphill battle which went from bad to worse, seconds later when Jarvis grabbed her second in the 27th minute with a display of excellent individual skill topped off with an absolute beauty of a curled finish to make the score 4-0, securing her team’s third goal in three minutes.

It seemed as though Jarvis and Burnett were in a race to see who would complete a hat-trick first. Burnett would get her second goal in the 32nd minute in a stylish fashion.

Kerisha Catlyn played a perfect ball into the area and Burnett had an easy job of putting the ball into the back of the net from close range.

After scoring earlier Moesha Goodman also got another goal in the closing stages of the half to give Mavericks a commanding 6-0 lead at the break.

The second half was a carbon copy of the first, with Burnett and Jarvis securing their hat-tricks, Kerisha Catlyn bagging a double and Shaunte Carrington finishing the scoring with a brilliant free kick from 35 yards to make the final score 12-0.

Although winning the match Mavericks stay in second place as NSC defeated Kick Start by five goals to nil in the nightcap. UWI Blackbirds also blanked Technique 4-0 thanks to a brace from captain Ashanee Thompson and national forward Riana Cyrus.

Here UWI Blackbirds’ Amelia Flemming and Technique’s Shakieta Marshall challenge for a ball in the air.

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