KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – Grenada won the 2017 WINLOTT Windward Islands Football Association Senior Women Football title, in dramatic fashion, coming from 0-2 down in the third and final round clash against Barbados at the Victoria Park.
Played on Sunday November 26 2017, Barbados went ahead courtesy a Rhianna Cyrus strike in the 6th minute.
Kimberly Ellis then doubled the Bajans lead in the 13th minute, but the 2-nil score line was cut in half by Marissa Charles for Grenada in the 34th.
Coie Smith slammed home the equaliser in the 62nd minute, but it was not until the 90th minute, that Roneisha Frank secured the 2017 WIFA title for the Spice Girls with a dramatic strike.
Grenada ended the tournament on 7 points, and Barbados on 4 points.
There was even more drama when St. hosts Vincent and the Grenadines, having seen their title snatched from their hands, took an early lead against Saint Lucia from the boots of Arima Kandice in the 18th minute.
However the Saint Lucians, the better organised team throughout the tournament, hit back with the equaliser through Ketina Joseph in the 24th minute.
Skipper Elisha Marquis who was clearly the most outstanding player but was not recognised as such when the individual awards were announced, gave the Saint Lucians the lead in the 30th minute, with a well taken corner kick which curled over the heads of the goalkeeper and defence into the back of the nets.
Saint Lucia then grabbed a 3-1 lead in the 40th minute from the boots of Marquis, but there were no changes to the score line when the teams went into the break.
Minutes into the resumption, disaster struck the Saint Lucians when Samantha Carrington hit a low free-kick straight at the Saint Lucian custodian. She failed to cover and the ball slipped through her legs, and rolled agonizingly slow over the goal line – making it 3-2 in the 53rd minute.
Arima Kandice equalised for the hosts in the 58th minute, and try as they did, Saint Lucia was unable to convert any of the numerous chances they created; the final score Saint Lucia 3 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 3.
14-year-old Shania Johnson Grenada was voted the youngest player of the tournament, while the Most Outstanding Player for each country was Felicia Jarvis – Barbados, Merissa Charles – Grenada, Elisha Marquis – Saint Lucia, and Roxanne Hannaway – St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Best Goalkeeper – Altica Benn of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Most outstanding Defender – Shonna Evelyn of Barbados, Most Outstanding Midfielder – Elisha Marquis of Saint Lucia, and Most Goals – Sheranda Charles of Grenada and Elisha Marquis of Saint Lucia, and the MVP of the Tournament – Roneisha Frank of Grenada.
The final team placings – Champions are Grenada, second place – Barbados, third place – Saint Lucia, and fourth place – St. Vincent and the Grenadines.