Trinidad and Tobago’s National Under 15 girls team will need at least a draw against Honduras today to assure themselves of a place in the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Under-15 Championship, after having to settle for a 1-1 draw with Bermuda at the Ed Bush Sports Complex in the Cayman Islands on Friday.
T&T will clash with Honduras from 5.30 p.m. this evening at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. Honduras currently top Group B with six points after their 3-0 defeat of Barbados on Friday and an opening 1-0 win over Bermuda. T&T sit in second position with four points and Bermuda third on one point. The top two teams will qualify for the quarter-finals.
The junior Soca Princesses opened the competition on Tuesday night with a convincing 4-0 shutout of Barbados, which saw St Augustine Secondary striker Laurel Theodore scoring twice in the second half, after defender Shenieka Paul (16th) and Nia Honore (28th) scoring fist half goals.
T&T began well against Bermuda on Friday night, and went ahead in the 11th minute through US-based midfielder Raenah Campbell. But Bermuda kept their chances alive and hit back a minute into the second half courtesy of a goal by Nia Christopher. The Bermudians then went on to defend doggedly for the remainder of the half to ensure a share of the points.
T&T head-coach Rajesh Latchoo was somewhat disappointed with the result but credited his girls for staying unbeaten in two games.
“We deserved the three points in this match. We had better possession but once we conceded early in the second half, Bermuda packed their defence and adopted a kick and rush approach which worked well for them,” Latchoo told TTFA Media.
“We outshot them with about six chances coming for us while they had two but we failed to convert and that cost us the three points. But all in all, I cannot fault our girls for the performance, Obviously now we will go into the Honduras match with a lot to play for. We had a chance to see them in the first match against Bermuda so we know what they can offer. We’ll try to get a positive result to get out of the group and keep building from there,” he added.