Posted: Tuesday, December 14, 2021. 5:39 pm CST.
Photo Courtesy of Jewel FuryFC/Rumberas FC
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Just like in 2019, Jewel Fury clash with Rumberas again in the National Amateur Women’s League Championship on Saturday at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in Belmopan. Fury are in the hunt for the 4th back-to-back national title while Rumberas are looking for their first.
The last time they met in a final, Jewel Fury defeated Rumberas by a 3-2 aggregate score. That was in 2019 when Jewel Fury completed a three-year sweep of the national women’s championship.
In the first of two final matches, on Sunday, December 15, 2019, they drew 1-1 at Bella Vista with MVP Jennisha Scott giving Jewel Fury the lead in the 2nd half. Jessica Acevedo tied the match for Rumberas in injury time.
In the return match on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium, Rumberas showed Fury they meant business as Deysi Beltran converted in the second minute. Jewel Fury rallied back tying the game in the 11th through the efforts of Jayda Brown. Scott made Fury erupt in celebration when she scored from a penalty kick in injury time giving them the 2-1 win and their third consecutive title.
Last year, they could have made it four-straight. But that we’ll never know because COVID-19 messed up everything for everyone.
So, fast forward to 2021, and here they are again in the final with Jewel Fury poised to make it four in a row. But Rumberas are out to deny them as they also have their minds set on winning what has been an elusive title so far.
This shortened season, both played in NAWL South and when they met, Fury again edged Rumberas 2-1 on Sunday, November 28, at the FFB Stadium in Belmopan.
Brown, the tournament’s top scorer, hit the opener in the 22nd for Jewel Fury but Roshanny Narvaez put Rumberas back in contention one minute later in the 23rd. Janivi Quiroz gave Fury the victory in the 58th. That was their only encounter with Fury establishing their dominance but leaving Rumberas hungrier for the title
Saturday, December 18, at 3:00 pm, they meet again at the Isidoro Beaton Stadium in the 2021 NAWL Final after winning their semifinals matches. Jewel Fury had a rough time beating San Pedro Pirates 1-0 while Rumberas blanked the Verdes Rebel Girls 2-0.
So, who do you bet on this time? Jayda Brown or Kaite Jones? Jewel Fury for four straight or Rumberas for their first?
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