The inaugural season of the six-team Women’s Premier League, the brain-child of Minister of Sport and former national footballer, Brent Sancho, will come to a fitting climax today at the St James Police Barracks Training Ground, Western Main Road, St James, with three clubs still in the hunt for the coveted title.
However, last night at Edinburgh 500 Ground, Chaguanas, Fuego came up against cellar-placed Petrotrin Oilers (four points) and with a win would have joined Angels on nine points ahead of today’s double-header from 5pm.
In the opener, Chancellor Angels which will be without national captain and star player Maylee Attin-Johnson as she recovers from a minor knee surgery comes up against Dragons.
Depending on the outcome of last night’s encounter with Fuego and Oilers, a win for Angels would put them on an unassailable 12 points tally.
However, a Fuego win against Oilers and a slip up by Angels in their final match against Dragons, could leave the door open for Fuego to take top honours when they face second from bottom-of-the-table CNGC Rush, which like Oilers have four points.
On Tuesday night, when action continued at the Eddie Hart Ground, Tunapuna, Dragons and Angels earned 2-1 wins over Wave FC and Rush to stay in the title race.
Wave FC, minus the injured Kennya “Yaya” Cordner” (surgery) and coming off two straight wins to get back in title contention after a 0-2 start, looked set for another three points and a share of the table lead when Jamaican, Shakirah Duncan fired in the go-ahead goal as early as the fifth minute, her fourth item in the last three matches after failing to score in the first two.
However with under 15 minutes left in the match, Costa Rican Jazmin Elizondo turned the match on its head, first by drawing her Dragons level in the 74th and two minutes, netting another to put her team 2-1 ahead, which they held until the final whistle.
With the win, Dragons briefly joined Angels and Wave FC, on six points each, however, Angels wasted little time in setting about regaining sole possession of top spot on the table as speedy Jamaican, Jodi-Ann Mc Gregor converted from the penalty-spot in the third minute for a 1-0 advantage over Rush.
Mc Gregor continued to lead the attack superbly for Angels in the absence of Attin-Johnson and in the 63rd minute she doubled the lead before national winger Ahkeela Mollon got a 90th minute consolation for Rush.
And just as the league kicked off with lots of excitement and buzz, the season will conclude in the same vein with three teams still in the race for the yet to be determined prize money.
Tuesday July 28:
SCG Dragons 2 (Jazmin Elizondo 74th, 76th) vs Wave FC 1 (Shakirah Duncan 5th)
Chancellor Angels 2 (Jodi-Ann Mc Gregor 3rd pen, 63rd) vs CNGC Rush 1 (Ahkeela Mollon 90th)
Current WPL Standings
Teams P W D L F A Pts
Chancellor Angels 4 3 0 1 8 4 9
94.1FM Fuego 3 2 0 1 8 6 6
SCG Dragons 4 2 0 2 7 9 6
Wave FC 5 2 0 3 10 12 6
CNGC Rush 4 1 1 2 8 8 4
Petrotrin Oliers 4 1 1 2 5 6 4
Remaining WPL Fixtures: Today
Venue: St James Police Barracks Training Ground, St James
Chancellor Angels vs SCG Dragons, 5pm
CNGC Rush vs 94.1FM Boom Champions Fuego, 7pm