UWI Women celebrating their 2018 title last night.
The ladies of the University of the West Indies Women's Football Club have begun a dynasty of their own in the Women's Premier League when they took a second win on the trot after completing their campaign in the 2018 competition. Playing in their final game of the season last night at the Wildey Turf, UWI went out in fine style, taking a 9-0 win over Empire Women.
It was not easy going for the defending champions as Empire put in one of their best showings for the entire season. With UWI going in thinking it might have been a stroll in the park, Empire defended resolutely enough to keep UWI out in the cold for most of the first half.
It was not until the 25th minute that UWI broke the deadlock with a goal from Acacia Small. However, it was still no easy task as Empire continued to make UWI work for everything. The score would stand at 2-0 at the break as Caitlin Padmore got her name on the cards in the 35th.
After one of the best halves Empire have played all season, everything took a different turn at the top of the second half as Alyssa Yard opened the floodgates in the 46th minute. Right after that, Padmore got her second in the 48th to see Empire teetering on a four-goal deficit.
Yard got a second goal in the 66th, two minutes before Chamone Hooper-Pinder gifted UWI with an unfortunate own-goal. In the 72nd, Shanelle Als also got her name on the score sheet. Padmore was good for one more in the 79th to get herself a hat-trick just before Rianna Cyrus (86th) closed things out.
Rounding out all 12 games, UWI were held to just two losses – in their first and penultimate games – with nine wins and one draw accounting for their 28 points. After beating out many-time champions, National Sports Council on goal difference last year, this massive win is a very welcome development.
With Novum Energy Mavericks and Guardian Group Kick Start Genesis still to face off tonight, second and third in the standings are yet to be decided. However, the NSC ladies have finished in fourth with nine points off four wins and three draws while having points deducted for failure to parade, and Empire did not rack up a single point in fifth place.