Canada, T&T showdown
....after Soca Princesses see off Bahamas 4-0 in quarter-finals
ADANYA PHILLIP, the locally-based Trincity Nationals striker, netted two of the goals which took Trinidad and Tobago’ footballers past Bahamas, and through to a tough semi-final showdown against tournament favourites Canada this evening at the 2014 CONCACAF Under-15 Girls Championship taking place in the Cayman Islands.
After seeing off Bahamas 4-0 at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday night, T&T face Canada from 6.30 p.m. at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex . while Haiti face Honduras from 8.45 p.m. in the second semi-final.
Trinidad and Tobago were barely troubled by Bahamas at the T.E. McField Sports Centre two nights ago, Phillip providing two of the goals, netting on either side of half time, while foreign-born players got the others. Canada-born Alexis Fortune opened the scoring in the 17th minute and Phillip got a second in the 40th to see T&T comfortably ahead 2-0 at the half. T&T were up 3-0 in the 50th minute through Phillip’s second goal, before USA-born Raenah Campbell scored a fourth in the 52nd minute.
Following Wednesday night’s quarter-finals, only teams from groups B and D remain in the competition. Group B winners Trinidad and Tobago easily accounted for Grroup A runners-up Bahamas, while Group B runners-up Honduras bounced back from a 2-0 defeat to T&T, by knocking out hosts and runaway Group A winners Cayman Islands. Honduras rallied from a goal down to win 3-2 over the Caymans, who until then had scored 15 goals and conceded just one.
Meanwhile, Group D winners Canada routed Group C runners-up Costa Rica 8-1, and Group B runners-up Haiti proved the 1-1 draw with Canada in their last match was no fluke, by coming from a goal down to beat Group C winners Jamaica by a 2-1 margin. Both Canada and Haiti played unbeaten and finished with seven points in Group D.
Going into today’s semi-final, head coach Rajesh Lachoo, knows his girls have to raise the bar a level higher to be competitive against the Canadians.
“Firstly I’m very delighted that the girls have been able to reach this far. We entered this tournament believing in ourselves but not really sure as to how we would fare in the competition. But we got better with each game and it showed in our wins against Honduras, one of the teams from Central America and then Bahamas,” Latchoo said in an interview with TTFA media. “The players have responded well so far. They have followed instructions and their approach to the games have been commendable. We’re well aware that the next assignment will be our toughest of the tournament so far but we’ll take on the challenge of facing a strong team like Canada. This will be a really good experience for our team because Canada are one of the powerhouses in world football and I expect the game itself to be a challenging but competitive one,” he added.
2014 CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS
6.30(p.m.) - T&T v Canada,Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Cayman
8.45(p.m.) Haiti v Honduras, Truman Bodden Sports Complex, Cayman
2014 CONCACAF U-15 GIRLS CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:
T&T 4 (Alexis Fortune 17th, Raenah Campbell 52nd, Adanya Phillip 40th & 50th) BAHAMAS 0
HONDURAS 3 (Lisbeth Bonilla 28, 48, Sharon Moreira 64 ) CAYMAN ISLANDS 2 (Laurent Scott 16, Tyra Macfield 69-)
Haiti 2 (Lovelie Pierre 47th, Nerilia Mondesir 50th) Jamaica 1 ( Jody Brown 28th)
CANADA 8 (Anyssa Ibrahim (3rd, 29th & 45th, Sarah Stratigakis 11th & 65th, Lauren Raimondo 59th, Shana Flynn 69th, Teni Akindoju 72nd) C0STA RICA 1 (Meredith
Malaika Dedier (Trincity Nationals), Shalisha King (St. Augustine FC), Natisha John (Central FC), Shenieka Paul (Pt. Fortin Civic), Breanna George (Diego Martin FC), Amaya Ellis (FFC Frankfurt/GER), Raenah Campbell (Skaneateles/USA), Nia Honore (Trincity Nationals), Laurelle Theodore (St. Augustine FC), Adanya Phillip (Trincity Nationals), Kedie Johnson (Trincity Nationals), Kaydeen Jack (Diego Martin FC), Tsai-Anne Hernandez (Petrotrin FC), Alexis Fortune (CAN), Asha James (Tobago United), Arianna Campbell (Woodbridge/CAN), Alizza McCutcheon (Diego Martin FC), Klil Keshwar (Trincity