Friday, January 19, 2018

Soca Princesses tackle Dominican Republic

 Trinidad and Tobago will look for a spot in the grand final of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-20 Championships when they take on Dominican Republic from four p.m. today in the first of two semi-finals, at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex in Jamaica. Two hours later, hosts Jamaica take on Group A runners-up Cuba.

T&T played unbeaten to win Group A, including scoring a 3-1 win over Cuba in their third preliminary match.

Meanwhile, Jamaica won Group B following a hard-fought 2-1 win over fellow semi-final qualifying team Dominican Republic in the final match of the preliminary round on Wednesday night.

This final game of the tournament’s group stage lived up to the expectations of a fast-paced and robust contest, and play swung from end to end as the level of intensity rose.

Dominican Republic took the lead in the 25th minute when captain Lissy Maria Sanchez Guzman struck the ball past goalkeeper Taylor Grant. But Jamaica rallied with two goals to win the match. Kayla Gray delivered the equaliser in the 38th minute, and Nicole Harris scored the winner in the 47th.

Jamaica also got the ball into the net in the 56th minute, but the effort was ruled offside. And Dominican Republic got the ball to the Jamaican goal-line only to have it cleared in a melee at the mouth of the goal.