The Chancellor Angels moved a step closer to clinching the inaugural Women’s Premier League title Tuesday night as they toiled to a hard-fought 2-1 win over CNGC Rush at the Orange Grove Savannah.
On Tuesday, a brace from Jodi-Ann McGregor was just enough to seal three points on the night. Ahkeela Mollon scored at the death for the Rush.
The match was physical throughout, with a lot of robust tackles in the midfield, however it provided a fascinating contest within a contest—between Mollon, and the Angels backline.
The winger commonly known as “Lady Latapy,” attempted to stir up her inner little magician as she stormed down the right wing time and again in the first half. Her enterprising play was a solo act however, and as a result didn’t penetrate the Angels defence.
The Angels on the other hand, wasted no time going ahead as their Jamaican forward McGregor converted a penalty in the third minute. The rest of the half was dominated by the Rush outfit, who searched for the equaliser and almost found it when they struck the bar and then had the rebound saved on the line by Angels custodian Beth Saseman.
Mollon picked up where she left off in the second half. However, the Angels defenders were better prepared. “We know that she has the pace, so we asked Kandice Franklin our outside midfielder to help, seeing as she is a speedy player,” Angels coach Anthony Creece said after the match.
Franklin did a masterful job balancing her new role with her regular duties going forward in midfield. She was Mollon’s constant shadow, which led to a lot of rugged tackles between the two.
In the 63rd minute, McGregor doubled her tally after a lightning counter-attack which she finished eventually on her second attempt after the keeper saved the first shot. Angels should have increased the lead seven minutes later when an identical counter left Rafaela de Vargas with only the keeper to beat and she hooked her shot wide while off balance.
The Angels’ second goal helped them to slow the match down and they went through the motions to a well-deserved win at the final whistle.
Mollon however would still have the final say in the match as her stoppage-time free kick from the wing was over-hit but sailed over an unwitting Saseman in the Angels goal. The goal may have given her the last word over her tormentors for the evening, but the Angels were the ones with the last laugh as the final whistle blew moments later.
Earlier in the evening in an ill-tempered affair, the SCG Dragons edged Wave FC 2-1. Wave had Jenelle Cunningham sent off.
Jazmin Elizondo netted twice, while Wave’s Shakira Duncan scored to continue her good form, filling in for the injured Kennya Cordner.
The WPL continued yesterday evening at the Maracas Recreation Ground where Boom Champions Fuego will take on the Petrotrin Oilers. Today the competition comes full circle back to the St James Barracks, where the final two fixtures will be hosted between the Angels and the Dragons, as well as Fuego and Rush, to determine the inaugural WPL Champions.
Standings as of Tuesday
Chancellor Angels - 9pts
Boom Champions Fuego - 6pts
Wave FC - 6pts
SCG Dragons - 6pts
CNGC Rush - 4pts
Petrotrin Oilers - 4pts