T&T U-17 girls edged 1-0 by Bermuda
Trinidad and Tobago fell 1-0 to Bermuda on Monday in Group B of the 2013 Caribbean Football Union Women’s Under-17 Tournament after earlier blanking Grenada 10-0 on the opening day. Bermuda defeated the Dominic Republic 3-1 on the first day. On Monday, the two Group B losing teams on opening day, Dominican Republic and Grenada, also drew 1-1.
The CFU tournament is being played in two groups. The top two Caribbean teams will be joined by hosts Jamaica from October 30-November 1, for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship. The two best-placed CONCACAF teams will then qualify for the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup to be hosted in Costa Rica.
T&T need at least a draw with the Dominican Republic from today’s final round of preliminary matches to advance to the semi-finals, where they face a tough match up against hosts Haiti. Grenada can only reach the semis if they beat Bermuda and the Dominican Republic upset T&T tonight.
Meanwhile, Haiti scored a second straight victory—a 22-0 pasting of US Virgin Islands—to confirm a semi-final spot. Haiti opened with a 6-0 troucing of Antigua and Barbuda. A crowd of 2,000 watched the Group A encounter at the Stade Sylvio Cator, which saw the home side clinch a place in the tournament’s semi-finals. Earlier in the day, Puerto Rico defeated Antigua 5-0 to seal the group’s other berth in the knockout phase after beating USVI 7-0 on opening day.
Louis opened the scoring in the sixth minute and added four more before the referee blew her whistle to end the half with the score 14-0. Prior to that, though, Isnada Lebrun struck for five of her six goals. Louis and Lebrun have combined to score 23 of Haiti’s 28 goals in the tournament.
“I’m happy to see the girls enjoying themselves and playing hard, but they know what our goal is and it’s not to beat teams by 20 goals but to win, even if it is by one goal and qualify for the CONCACAF Under-17 tournament,” said Haiti head coach James Morisset after the game.