May 17, 2015 Sports
The GCC ladies began their second stint of matches in the Trinidad &Tobago
women’s hockey season by facing competition leaders Paragon in the sweltering 11:00am heat at the Eastern Sports Complex in Tacarigua Trinidad. The last time the two teams met just two short weeks ago, GCC had squandered a 2-0 lead to succumb to the powerful Paragon by 5 – 2. On this occasion, the Guyanese came ever so close to upsetting the table as they failed to hold a 3-2 lead in the dying minutes of the match as Paragon managed to draw even three minutes before full time at 3-3.
GCC took an early lead in the seventh minute of the match despite facing some opening pressure, as winger Gabriella Xavier received a cross from striker Shebiki Baptiste and nailed her shot into the back of the Paragon net. Trinidad national captain and Paragon leading player, Allana Lewis responded two minutes later with a smooth solo run through the centre of the GCC defence to finish with a cool reverse sweep to beat young Briawna Gordon in the GCC net to even the score at one a piece.
Lewis would signal her intention to dominate the match as she pushed Paragon ahead
by 2-1 with another fine finish just six minutes from the half time period. GCC’s Kerensa Fernandes would manage to level the scores once again two minutes later with a tap in finish, off a goalmouth scramble to see the teams into the halftime break dead even at 2-2.
GCC produced some fine hockey in the second half and pressured the Paragon deep defence into several turnovers. The Guyanese were rewarded when Captain Sonia Jardine received a midfield pass and evaded several Paragon defenders with some fine stick work before slamming a bullet of a shot into the roof of the net in the 42nd minute. Paragon would press for the winner and created several threatening changes as the clock wound down. Just as the game seemed destined to end in GCC’s favour, a failed clearance by the GCC defence saw Paragon striker Zene Henry first onto the ball to tap in the rebound and draw the match at 3-3.
GCC were down to face Magnolias at 6:30pm last evening in their second of four matches for the trip.
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