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Antiguian female coach wins first match in top male football league (Antigua)

Former national women’s footballer, Akeilah “Granny” Hillhouse, achieved another first in the country’s domestic league on Tuesday, becoming the first female head coach to win a competitive match in any of the Football Association’s three male leagues.

Hillhouse, who created history when she was appointed head coach of the Freeman’s Village Football Club in September, lifted his First Division squad to their first “on-field” victory of the 2015/16 domestic season when they overpowered Hill Top 2-0 in Golden Grove.

Jaron Samuel opened the scoring for Freeman’s Village in minute 25, while defender Rolston Otto put the icing on the cake in minute 59.

The victory is Freeman’s Village’s second, the first coming following an abandoned match against All Saints United last week. The fixture was called off owing to an unprepared field in all Saints which resulted in Freeman’s Village being awarded three points and three goals. They however move to nine points after six showings with their latest victory. Hill Top remains on six points after the same number of outings.

Coach of the Freeman’s Village team Akeilah “Granny” Hillhouse described the feeling of winning her first match in the competition as “surreal,” stating it was a long time coming.

“We have been anticipating this for a while because we have been playing good football, but we have not been capitalizing in the last third but it happened yesterday (Tuesday) and we were fortunate to come away with the victory,” she said.

“I guess the guys learnt their lesson from when we played at Pares against Lion Hill, so towards the end they decided to play more possession,” Hillhouse added.

Meanwhile, Seven Seas/Natural Construction All Saints United returned to their winning ways with a 3-1 victory over neighbours and former Premier Division champions Bassa.


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