No revenge match, says defender
Playing on home turf at the Usain Bolt Sports Complex, the UWI Blackbirds halted Genesis’ ascent up the table.
The previous meeting between reigning champions UWI and Genesis ended in a come-from-behind 3-2 win for Genesis which was inspired by a stellar hat-trick by new signing Shanice Stevenson.
But this time around, the luck seemed to be on the Blackbirds’ side almost from the beginning.
Experienced referee Gillian Martindale showed Genesis’ Rowland Kirton-browne a red card for an infraction after seven minutes, an incisive blow to their chances of doing the double over the Blackbirds.
Despite going down to ten players, second-placed Genesis maintained their desire to leapfrog Novum Energy Mavericks into first place but had to switch their attacking game plan to make up for their numerical deficit.
Genesis did well to end the first half still goalless but shortly after the second half kickoff, suffered their first setback. UWI’S Ashonee Thompson produced a clinical finish from inside the box in the 51st minute to shift the momentum clearly in her team’s favour.
Genesis made a few changes to combat fatigue, but Roxane Bradshaw ensured the Blackbirds took all three points with the final blow in the 72nd minute. UWI are now third on the points table, three behind Genesis with a game in hand.
Mavericks remain the only unbeaten team in the division, with three wins and two draws from five games. One of the clear favourites for the title, Mavericks have scored an astounding 20 goals and conceded a single strike.
More than half of that tally was scored in both of their blowout wins over returning team Empire – a dominant 4-1 victory on the league’s September 15 opening day and an incredible 13-0 result on the return fixture on October 2 which is the largest on record in the Women’s Premier League.
Mavericks, however, have drawn two blanks against their nearest rivals, grinding out two 0-0 draws with UWI and Genesis in the space of a week. ON THE MOVE: Shanice Stevenson of Genesis got past Blackbirds’ Shonna Evelyn and Acacia Small (background) but was unable to score. LONDON – England will not be out for revenge for their World Cup football semi-final defeat when they face Croatia in the Nations League tomorrow, defender Kieran Trippier has said.
England enjoyed their best World Cup performance in 28 years in Russia this summer, missing out on a spot in the final after losing to the Croats after extra time.
“No, it’s not revenge. Croatia were good on the day against us in the World Cup semifinal but it’s another game,” Trippier told Sky Sports.
“We want to go there get the win, get the points we need and then look forward to Spain.”
Tomorrow’s clash will be played behind closed doors as UEFA have punished Croatia after a Nazi symbol was marked on their pitch ahead of a Euro 2016 qualifier.
England, second in Nations League Group 4 ahead of Croatia, face leaders Spain in Seville next Monday.