Young Salmon fires Waterhouse women to mid-season title
National Under-17 representative Christina Salmon's outstanding individual skills, led Waterhouse to a come-from-behind 2-1 win against Arnett Gardens in the Jamaica Football Federation/Lascelles Employees and Partners Co-operative Credit Union mid-season final at Winchester Park, St George's College, yesterday.
Salmon's performance on the ball ignited the fair size crowd, as she showed good technical abilities on and off the ball, with her incisive movement troubling the Arnett Gardens defenders throughput the contest.
It was Salmon, who found the equaliser on the stroke of half-time, when she rounded Arnett's goalkeeper Telesha Campbell and slotted into the unprotected goal. That goal came after a wonderful strike from Arnett's Shaday Shirley in the 38th minute.
Khedine Salmon (no relation to Christina) found the winner in the 76th minute from a 30-yard drive that flew past Campbell.
Christina Salmon was pleased with the team's performance and happy for their first silverware of the season.
"I am very pleased with my performance and the team's performance overall. But we should have executed better in front of goal, as we missed a lot of chances. The score could have been a bigger margin," said the 16 year-old, who will enter fourth form at Excelsior High School in a few weeks.
"It is a good feeling knowing that we won one title for the season so this is added motivation to also go for the league and knockout titles," she added.
The Grants Pen resident said that it is her dream to secure a contract in the future but also noted that education is also a key focus of hers.
"I want to be a professional footballer but it is very important to have a solid education," she shared.
Waterhouse pocketed the trophy and $120,000 in prize money, while Arnett walked away with $100,000.