CNGC Rush and Petrotrin Oilers moved to the top of the six-team inaugural Women’s Premier League (WPL) standings on four points each after contrasting victories over Shanghai Construction Dragons and Wave FC respectively in a double-header at the Palo Seco Municipal Stadium, Palo Seco on Saturday.
Taylor, a former standout player at Debe High School converted from the penalty-spot in the ninth minute for a 1-0 lead and six minutes later, Lulu who was the culprit in fouling Taylor for the penalty, deflected a shot from Karyn Forbes past her own goalkeeper for Oilers to lead 2-0. However, Lulu redeemed herself in the 39th minute when she scored the penalty-spot to cut the lead to 2-1, but two minutes before the half, Taylor netted her second of the match for the Oilers to go in 3-1 up at the interval.
The second-half was a much tighter contest with Patrice Vincent scoring off a header in the 54th minute to get Rush with a goal of Oilers at 2-3, but that was as close as Rush get, as the Rajesh Latchoo-coached Southerners held on for the win and a share of the table lead.
Previous joint leaders Chancellor Angels and Boom Champions 94.1FM Fuego, both with three points each will have a chance to reclaim top spot when they clash at the Diego Martin Recreation Ground, Northern tomorrow from 8 pm.
Two hours earlier, a Women’s League Football (WoLF) fixture is expected to take place.
CNGC Rush 3 (Chrisbelis Abraham 37, Priscilla Selau 39, Lauryn Hutchinson 85 Own-Goal) vs Dragons 0
Petrotrin Oilers 3 (Kayla Taylor 9-Pen, 43, Josean Azevedo 15 Own-Goal) vs Wave FC 2 (Josean Azevedo 37-Pen, Patrice Vincent 55)
Chancellor Angels vs Boom Champions Fuego, Diego Martin Rec Ground, D/Martin, 8pm
Petrotrin Oilers: 21.Shalette Alexander; 14.Chevonne John, 5.Karyn Forbes (capt), 6.Khadisha Debesette, 18.Rinelle Findley; 10.Naomie Guerra (9.Stephanie Bonilla 80th - 2.Tamara Johnson 90th); 13.Shenelle Henry, 3.Shenelle Arjoon, 8.Victoria Swift, 11.Khadidra Debeette (7.Denecia Prince 70th); 12.Kayla Taylor.
Unused substitutes: 1.Keri Meyers (GK), 4.Shanicar Diamond, 19.Della Joseph, 24.Collette Morgan.
Coach: Rajesh Latchoo
Wave FC: 21.Teneisa Palmer; 3.Teneisha Cobham, 5.Joseane “Lulu” Azevedo (2.Samantha Kissoon 88th), 4.Jenelle Cunningham, 17.Patrice Vincent, 8.Afiyah Matthias (16.Charissa Delzin 81st), 7.Shanice Stephenson, 10.Laura Becerra, 9.Shakira Duncan, 20.Camilla Germano (6.Natasha St Louis 68th), 19.Kennya Cordner,
Unused substitutes: 13.Tisha Lee Spicer, 14.Stephanie Beam.
Coach: Derek Arneaud
Referee: Keilon Bacchus
P W D L F A Pts
Rush 2 1 1 0 4 1 4
Oilers 2 1 1 0 4 3 4
Angels 1 1 0 0 3 0 3
Fuego 1 1 0 0 5 3 3
Wave 2 0 0 2 2 6 0
Dragons 2 0 0 2 3 8 0