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Empire take lead

EZRA STUART, [email protected]

Empire take lead

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MASSY United Insurance Empire moved to the top of the Division 1 standings after winning the latest clash in their long-standing battle for women’s hockey supremacy with arch-rivals Maple on Saturday.

In a keenly contested match at the Wildey Hockey Centre, Empire triumphed 2-1 as their formula of youth and experience trumped Maple’s own recipe .

After a goalless first quarter, Empire’s Shanice Clarke slotted home off of a right-side run in the 24th minute.

She was followed by teammate Charlia Warner-Franklin in the 40th minute, who made a penalty corner conversion strike.

Maple pulled back a goal courtesy veteran Angela Thompson in the 45th minute but were unable to get the equaliser.

In fact, former national forward Leslie Austin, playing in the kicker-back position for Maple, had to make a crucial hand-save to prevent her team from conceding another goal.

In another match, former champions Williams Industries Avengers continued their season of mixed results with a scoreless draw against the Barbados Union of Teachers (BUT).

Both teams had their fair share of goal-scoring opportunities, but neither converted even though BUT had the better on-field chemistry.

On Sunday, Empire also logged a 2-0 victory over a spirited Combermere School Old Scholars (CSOS).

Unlike their first-round encounter where CSOS led in goals, the Waterford lasses fielded a short team against their Bank Hall rivals, even though they were boosted by two visiting Canadian guest players. (PR/EZS)

Empire made an early strike when defender Dareece Greenidge hit home a penalty corner in the third minute.

Young Ayanna Nichols slotted home a second goal in the sixth minute.

Outnumbered by three players in the outfield, CSOS did well defensively to restrict the Empire scoring opportunities and held the line for the remainder of the match.

In the final match of the weekend, BUT held Maple to a goalless draw.

The Maple women, without top striker Corlette Kellman-Thomas, were unable to convert any of their circle penetrations.

On the other side, BUT, despite stringing passes together and building the ball into attack, also had great difficulty converting enroute to a third straight draw. (PR/EZS)