After having lost to Checkers Hockey Club by one goal to nil in their first round duel, the GCC ladies hockey team managed to reverse the tables with a 2-0 victory in their second round clash. The GCC ladies, appearing in their third and final stint of matches at the Eastern Sports Complex in Tacarigua, Trinidad, were considered the underdogs in their first tie of the visit as they faced the powerful Checkers HC to whom they had lost in the first round four weeks ago. In the 11am morning heat of May 30th, the GCC ladies began the match seemingly the more aggressive of the two sides. In keeping Checkers in their defensive half for most of the opening minutes of the match, GCC would squander several chances after well-orchestrated attacks mostly led by offensive dynamos Aliyah Gordon and Sonia Jardine.
GCC continued to enjoy greater success than their opposition for most of the first half and were finally rewarded in the 28th minute as striker Kerensa Fernandes unleashed a reverse shot that seemed to be marginally off-target to the right of
goal. Right wing Shebiki Baptiste however seemed to appear from nowhere with a courageous lunge to deflect the shot into the net much to the surprise of Trinidad national goalkeeper Petal Derry between the uprights for Checkers.
Checkers pressed higher up in the GCC side of the field in the second half of the match which brought them greater success and increased their share of possession. Despite earning several penalty corners for their efforts, this risky tactic left Checkers vulnerable to the swift GCC counterattacks. It was one such GCC attack in the 39th minute that saw overlapping right back Vanessa Pires drive a powerful pass into the scoring circle to striker Princessa Wilkie. Wilkie beat her defender to the ball and executed a perfect deflection into the roof of the Checkers net to take the score to 2-0 in favour of the Guyanese.
While Checkers pressed hard for the final ten minutes of play which included a powerful shot by Jessenia Luces off the GCC post, superb defending and especially goalkeeping by Briawna Gordon kept GCC with a clean sheet, giving them the well-deserved 2-0 victory at full time. GCC were to face Malvern later yesterday at 6:30PM before completing their matches today at 11am against Ventures Hockey Club.
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