Conquerors, Police secure quarter-final wins in Women’s Development League Playoff
The Guyana Police Force and Fruta Conquerors Football Clubs recorded thrilling wins in the quarter-finals of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Women’s Development Football League Playoff.
Police dominated visiting team Potaro Strikers 7-0, with striker Lakesha Pearson scoring the first goal just two minutes after the start whistle at the GFF Training Centre, Providence, East Bank Demerara.
A strong attacking strategy by the winning team allowed Pearson to score four more goals, with teammates Tiandi Smith and Honicia Adams securing one goal each before the final whistle.
Pearson credited the victory to her team following the plays practiced during training sessions.
“It was an excellent game. We came out and did what was taught on the training field. We executed the game plan well. We underestimate no opponent. We came to give our A-game today and we got a victory,” Pearson shared.
Teammate Adams, who plays in midfield, added: “It was a nice win. We train three times a week. Every training session we (are) playing to win.”
In the second game, Fruta Conquerors Football Club thrashed Milerock Football Club, another visiting team, 7-3. Conquerors’ Jessica Teasdale scored the first goal 13 minutes into the game, giving her team early control of the match.
She scored her second goal at the 30-minute mark. Teasdale said the team played a great game, executing what they have done in training.
“The girls played really, really well together today. Lots of moving the ball around, really keeping possession of the ball, lots of shots from anywhere.”
The Georgetown team’s high pressing and fluid attacking strategy allowed Sandra Johnson to secure three goals and Jalade Trim to capture two goals against the Essequibo club.
Johnson shared that she was excited that her team has advanced to the next round. Milerock’s three goals were scored by Seanica Camoron, Donella Rice and Shenessa Cornelius.
Twelve clubs, featuring senior and junior national players, made the cut for the GFF Women’s Development League Playoff sponsored by MVP Sports and Urban Life.
The league was launched in June 2022 with 37 teams from across Guyana to give female players more match minutes.
The 12 clubs are Bartica All Stars FC, Potaro Strikers FC, Essequibo All Stars FC, Foxy Ladies FC, Milerock FC, Coomacka FC, Pakuri Jaguars FC, New Amsterdam United FC, Guyana Police Football Club, Guyana Defence Force FC, Fruta Conquerors FC and Santos FC.
The much anticipated championship match will be held on March 23.