Guyanese team GCC drew one then lost one as they opened their defence of their Women's Under-21 Division title as the Carib Shandy Magnolias Indoor Tournament continued at the Jean Pierre Complex Friday night.
In the first game of the evening, the Guyanese outfit got out to a quick start as they went ahead through Aliyah Gordon who made a quickfire double with strikes in the first and fourth minute that set up a 3-3 stalemate with Paragon.
GCC's Samantha Fernandes rounded off the scoring with an 18th minute item from open play.
Earlier, Paragon's Shanice Cudjoe slapped home in the sixth minute. But just when GCC thought they were on their way to victory, Paragon's Zene Henry became her team's hero when she scored a double within the last minute, the first after some brisk interplay after 26 minutes and the second following an urgent attacking foray one minute before regulation time. In GCC's second name, Magnolias thumped them 6-1.
Probably stretched physically by their exertion in the earlier game, GCC's players did not have the legs to keep up with "Mags" and were blasted by the host club's blistering start that saw them romp to a 4-0 half-time lead.
Mags' Brianna Govia snatched a quick hat-trick with goals in the first, sixth and 12th minutes before Kelly Marie Young struck home in the 13th minute.
Magnolias' Shaniah De Freitas powered home two within three minutes just after the break to put the match out of reach of GCC. Their Athena Seenanan copped a consolation in the game's final minute after Mags had relented.
The tournament comes to a conclusion today with the finals in all four divisions.