W'House clip Arnett Gardens to advance in Women's KO

Observer writer

Saturday, September 08, 2018

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MID-SEASON champions Waterhouse clinched a place in the semi-finals of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF)/Lascelles Employees and Partners Corp-Credit Union Women's knockout after they held off a spirited attacking display from arch-rival Arnett Gardens to register a 2-1 win in quarter-final action at the Drewsland Stadium on Wednesday.

Goals from Rochelle Gray (21st) and Christina Small (55th) ensured the Drewsland-based team secured another victory of Arnett Gardens after defeating them by a similar scoreline to lift the mid-season title a few weeks earlier. Shanel Spence (83rd) got the goal for the 'Junglists'.

Waterhouse's head coach Xavier Gilbert, expressed pleasure with their progression to the semis, but pointed out that his team needed to brush up on their performance.

“I am proud of goalkeeper Tiana Schroeter who produced a number of vital saves to deny Arnett from scoring three good chances inside the penalty area, Waterhouse too had their chances but failed to capitalise. The team was not at their full strength but we hope to be in the next match,” Gilbert said.

Meanwhile, Denton Shedden coach of Arnett Gardens was also displeased.

“Arnett got too many chances in the game and poor finishing was what cost us the match. The defence allowed Waterhouse to score, and they were not marking their opponents and lack of concentration were the other main points,” Shedden lamented.

After both teams produced a few close calls at either end of the park, Waterhouse gained the advantage when Gray fired home a well-taken free kick from just outside the 18-yard box that gave goalkeeper Telesha Campbell no chance.

Gray went close to doubling the lead when she unleashed a thunderous right-footer from approximately 35-yards out that eluded custodian Campbell, but came back off the crossbar.

Foster squandered the opportunity to equaliser when she missed from inside the box pushed the ball wide of the target from a one-on-one situation with goalkeeper Schroeter.

It was a keen end-to-end battle on the resumption, as both teams launched a number of counter attacking plays but failed to convert.

Waterhouse eventually went 2-0 up when Small easily placed the ball into the left hand corner of the goal after a nice combination with Khadine Salmon which opened up the defence.

Arnett Gardens pulled back when Spence latched onto a ball played through the Waterhouse defence and fired past a diving Schroeter seven minutes from full time.

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