Football: Barclays women’s league-United Sisters end La Digue Veuve’s seven-game win run


Boniface (centre) scored United Sisters’ second goal

On Saturday at Stad Popiler, La Digue Veuve could have dethroned United Sisters as champions, but instead the defending champions put an end to the visitors’ seven-game unbeaten run with a 3-1 win.

Jacqueline Bibi gave United Sisters a ninth minute lead with a beautiful strike and Corinne Boniface scored her team’s second goal in the 36th minute with a left-foot shoot that left La Digue Veuve goalkeeper Mart Hoareau rooted to her spot.

Coach Jean-Marc Benstrong’s team, who lost the corresponding first-round fixture 0-2 on La Digue, got a third goal through Berina Ladouce with a curling right foot shot in the 41st minute.

United Sisters could have won by a wider margin but La Digue Veuve were saved by the bar and a post from skipper Vesna César’s and Crissida Moustache’s efforts.

The visitors, whose coach Steven Pool and supporters contested almost all the decisions taken by the match officials, scored a consolation goal through former United Sisters’ player Pascalina Moustache in the 62nd minute.

Yellow carded along with La Digue Veuve skipper Natacha Bibi, player of the year César is confident her United Sisters team will retain the title.

“We will retain the title. We have two more matches to play and I am confident my team will do it,” she told Sports Nation.
Skipper Bibi said La Digue Veuve, who are left with a match to play against Olympia Coast on July 11, will dethrone United Sisters.

“We can do it. This year’s league title will head to La Digue,” said Bibi, who used to play for Olympia Coast before the formation of the La Digue Veuve team last year.

Despite the defeat, the La Digue outfit stay top with 21 points after seven wins and a defeat, while United Sisters have 18 points after six wins and a loss.

The Diguois have scored 49 goals and conceded 13, while United Sisters have found the back of their opponents’ net 36 times, but have let in just four.

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