Lady Tridents welcome St Lucia to BFA Wildey Turf tonight Loop Barbados

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The senior men’s football team had their opportunity to perform in front of the home crowd last week, now it is the ladies’ turn.

Tonight at 7 pm, the Lady Tridents will take on their counterparts from St Lucia at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Wildey Turf in the first of two international friendly matches.

It will be the ladies first bout of international action since April, 2022, where they competed in the qualifying tournament for the Concacaf W Championships.

During that tournament Barbados finished fourth in Group D with one win and three defeats, while St Lucia opted out of the tournament.

Tonight’s clash will be the eighth meeting between the two countries. Barbados has a slight lead in the win’s column, with three victories, compared to St Lucia’s two, while the other two matches finished in 1-1 ties.

Rianna Cyrus is expected to spearhead the Barbados attack tonight versus St Lucia

The last time Barbados and St Lucia faced each other was September 30, 2019, which Barbados won 3-2, even after having midfielder Ashanee Thompson sent off in the 43rd minute.

Shanice Stevenson was the hero for Barbados in this particular match, as she scored in the 16th and 19th minutes, to add to Tia Briggs-Thompson’s opening goal in the 15th minute.

The Paradise FC pair of Thompson and Stevenson have retained their places in coach Mario Harte’s roster and lead a list of four players coming out of the Dover camp.

Current leaders in the BFA Women’s Premier League Weymouth Wales Women dominate the roster with seven players, which includes sharp-shooters Rihanna Cyrus and Tianna Bynoe, and impressive winger Asha Stevenson.

RF Prime has provided what can be considered the future of the women’s programme, with six of their representatives all teenagers, ranging from ages 16 to 19.

Resilient defensive midfielder Daphane Watson-James at 19 years old, is a key figure for the Lady Tridents, along with clubmates, Jessie Robinson and Kerisha Catlyn.

Barbados’ roster has been enhanced with the availability of foreign-based forwards Acacia Small (Allen University, USA) and Cheyanna Burnett-Griffith (Hartlepool United Women, UK) who scored her debut goal versus Aruba in last year’s Concacaf W Championship Qualifiers.

The squad:

Rhea Holder, Keinelle Johnson, Marissa King, Kerry Bascombe (FVFC Femini)

Makala Alleyne (Mavericks)

Rianna Cyrus, Moesha Goodman, Tanija Maughn, Asha Stevenson, Tiana Bynoe, Kamila Burke, Brittany Branker-White (Wales),

Shanelle Als, Shanice Stevenson, Ashanee Thompson, Nandi Yard (Paradise FC)

Eboni Atherley, Kerisha Catlyn, Daphane Watson-James, Jessie Robinson, Kaitlyn Smith-O’Neil (RF Prime)

Lisa Harding, Tekoa Hope-Downes, Shalia Porter (Pinelands)

Shautar Hinds (Technique FC)

Acacia Small (Allen University, USA)

Cheyanna Burnett-Griffith (Hartlepool United Women, FC)