T&T girls whip Dominican Republic
...tackle Puerto Rico in semis
Trinidad and Tobago captured the last semifinal spot of the 2013 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-17 Cup by defeating the Dominican Republic 5-1 at the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Haiti on Wednesday night.
The Soca Princesses now take on Group A winners Puerto Rico from four p.m. in today’s semis. Two hours later, Group B winners Bermuda face home team Haiti.
In the final preliminary Group B game of the tournament, the Soca Princesses held off a determined Dominican Republic squad.
The Dominicans, to their credit, attacked Trinidad and Tobago from the start, Winibian Peralta and Emely Sosa taking several early shots. However, it was the twin island republic that struck first when Summer Arjoon ran through the heart of the Dominican defence and passed the ball to Khaline Jacob, who fired a cannon into the roof of the net for a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute.
Jacob wasn’t finished yet. In the 42nd minute she collected a pass from Eden Charles in the 18-yard box and easily put it past Yelandy Contreras in the Dominican Republic goal.
The Dominican girls made the game interesting in the 72nd minute when Ana Taveras threaded a lovely low cross for an advancing Sosa to hit past T&T goalie Rebecca-Ann Almandoz, making it 2-1. Any hopes, however, of a dramatic comeback were dashed when Corel Carmichael broke through the Dominican offside trap, and with only the goalkeeper to beat, easily dribbled around her and escorted the ball over the goal-line in the 78th minute.
Arjoon, who was spectacular in midfield for the T&T ladies, scored in the 81st minute with a spectacular volley. And Maya Matouk put the icing on the cake in the 88th minute when she connected on a corner from Arjoon, and had no trouble in scoring past Contreras.
CFU UNDER-17 CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
P W D L F A GD PTS
Puerto Rico 3 3 0 0 14 0 14 9
Haiti 3 2 0 1 28 2 26 6
Antigua Barbuda 3 1 0 2 3 11 -8 3
US Virgin Islands 3 0 0 3 0 32 -32 0
P W D L F A GD PTS
Bermuda 3 3 0 0 6 1 5 9
T&T 3 2 0 1 15 2 13 6
Dom Republic 3 0 1 2 3 9 -6 1
Grenada 3 0 1 2 1 13 -12 1