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Two For Taijah Henderson Over West Ottawa Keeps De Ro In Playoff Hunt

By Johnny Stancati, 08/12/18, 6:45PM EDT


DeRo United FC recorded a 3-2 victory at home over West Ottawa S.C. to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.

West Ottawa started the match lively and should have taken the lead when Crystal Schuder burst past the DeRo defenders but fluffed a shot that went straight into keeper Olivia Tierney’s gloves.

It was then DeRo United who should have taken the lead when Shannen Jainudeen was found at the back post off a corner but sent her header narrowly wide.

The home side would eventually take the lead minutes later when Julia Listro played a lovely ball through for debutant Taijah Henderson (41'), who placed her shot past Imogen Bellinger in the West Ottawa goal.

It was Henderson (45') again for De Ro that latched onto a pass, pushing the ball past two defenders and slotting home her second of the night before the break.

At the break, the score was 2-0 for the home side, Dero United FC.

DeRo would start the second half very conservative, enjoying long spells of possession as they looked to tire the visitors and extend their lead.

Substitute Taylor Dempster had a great chance to pull one back for her side as she unleashed a shot from a distance that Tierney did well to see out for a corner.

West Ottawa would score the goal of the match when Crystal Schuder (77') collected the ball short off a corner and smashed a shot into the top right corner. Substitute keeper for DeRo, Katrina Pappas had no chance.

The home side would regain their two goal cushion when Alyssa Nikkel did well down the left flank to square a ball for Alexis Kirton (84') to tap-in from close range.

The visitors would make it interesting late on when Dempster (90’) tapped in a goal of her own from close range as DeRo defender Sarah Norman-Minnis gifted her the opportunity on a poor pass across her own face of goal.

It wouldn't be enough as DeRo United FC held on to secure the 3-2 victory.

With the win, DeRo United FC keep their playoff hopes alive and have everything to play for in their final match of the season vs Darby FC. Catch the match on August 18th (4:30 p.m.) at L’Amoreaux Sports Complex. Toronto.

West Ottawa S.C will close out their season with a visit from league leaders FC London. Catch their final match of the season on August 18 (4 p.m.) at Wesley Clover Turf, Ottawa.