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Reggae Girlz hammer Bermuda 9-1

By \\\\\Ian Prescott ian.prescott@trinidadexpress.com

JAMAICA’S star striker Shakira Duncan netted four goals and strike partner Donnakay Henry scored a hat-trick, as the Reggae Girlz hammered Bermuda 9-1 last night at Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva, to pick up a second win at the 2014 Women’s Caribbean Cup. Following an opening 4-1 win over Puerto Rico on Tuesday, the Jamaicans are now assured of finishing among the top two teams in Group A, and have qualified for the CONCACAF round of World Cup qualifying. The four semi-finalists from the Women’s Caribbean Cup qualify for the CONCACAF final round of World Cup qualifiers, where they join USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala to battle for three automatic qualifying spots and an additional playoff berth to the Canada 2015 FIFA Women World Cup.


Bermuda provided no competition for the Jamaicans, who led by five goals at half time, with Duncan and Henry scoring two apiece, while generous Bermuda even contributed an own goal. Half hour into the event, the match was just about over, when Duncan netted her first and the Reggae Girlz’s fourth. Duncan’s speed tormented the Bermudians, many of her penetrative runs cracking their resolve along the flank.

It took just a minute into the second half for Duncan to register her hat-trick as she booted the ball high into the net. She now has six goals in two matches.

Finally, the Bermudians had something to cheer about when Shuntae Todd—who also scored in their opening 5-1 over Haiti - got them a goal in the 70th minute, when she floated a shot to the top corner, after taking a through pass down the middle.

However, Jamaica put in two more goals via a low shot by Duncan for her fourth after a one-two with Denecia Reid, before the latter finished high in the net in the 78th to score Jamaica’s eighth goal. And in injury time, Henry broke away to score a ninth.
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