No re­venge match, says de­fender

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Front Page - Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion Women’s Premier League.

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.

First set­back

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.

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