Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team proved vastly superior to their counterparts from St Lucia ,overpowering them eight goals to one last night in their Caribbean 2016 Olympic Games closing leg match at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Ahkeela ‘Lady Latapy’ Mollon scored 4, Lauryn Hutchinson two and Naomie Guerra and Sharain Cummings one each. St Lucia captain Ellaisa Marquis scored a 58th minute penalty.
The TT women without notable players like Maylee Attin Johnson and Kenya Ya Ya Cordner who are protesting non-resolution of issues with the TT FA had beaten the St Lucians 6-nil in first-leg meeting on Friday night with Tasha St Louis 4 and Mollon sharing the scoring spotlight.
That same night Trinidad and Tobago Men’s football team wore down and beat stubborn home team Guatemala two goals to one – the goals coming late in the second half of the CONCACAF 2018 World Cup qualification series that continue tomorrow with Trinidad and Tobago hosting and confident of beating archrivals USA while Guatemala play St Vincent and the Grenadines.
More football in Trinidad on Wednesday as the TT women meet Jamaica in the semifinal round of the Caribbean region’s 2016 Olympic Games qualifiers.
But it’s cricket where Trinidad and Tobago Red Force need to emerge with as bright a or face-saving result as the football teams.
Convincing innings and 23 runs winners over Leeward Islands hurricanes in their opening round match in St Kitts last week, the TT team have to avoid being beaten outright by Barbados Pride at Kensington Oval in Barbados.
Stylish right-hander Shamarh Brooks was targeting his second century of the game as Barbados Pride increased their stranglehold over the Red Force.
Pride were 171 for three in their second innings – an overall lead of 225 runs heading into today’s final day play.
The 27-year-old Brooks, who carved out 111 in the first innings, was unbeaten on 51 while captain Kraigg Brathwaite struck 72 and West Indies counterpart Shai Hope, 25.
Earlier, Red Force were dismissed for 246 half-hour after lunch after resuming the day on 153 for five, as they added 93 runs for their last five wickets.
Steven Katwaroo, unbeaten on 27 overnight, top-scored with 64 while Yannic Ottley, on 26 at the start, made 45.
The pair extended their sixth wicket partnership to 92 before being separated when Ottley edged an out-swinger from seamer Kevin Stoute and was caught at the wicket.
He faced 95 balls in 129 minutes at the crease and counted three fours and two sixes.
Katwaroo lost Imran Khan for eight and captain Rayad Emrit for 20 before he was ninth out after batting for 193 minutes, facing 166 balls and striking nine fours, bowled middle stump by the enterprising Stoute.
Right-armer Stoute picked up four for 54, fast bowler Miguel Cummins, three for 65, while Kemar Roach finished with two for 38.
In their second turn at the crease, Pride rammed home their advantage as Brathwaite put on 38 for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin (16) before adding a further 44 for the second wicket with Hope.
Corbin was lbw to Imran Khan pushing forward tentatively while Hope was caught at the wicket off left-arm spinner Kavesh Kantasingh.
Brathwaite, who faced 151 balls in 169 minutes at the crease and hit six fours, also posted 84 for the third wicket with Brooks before perishing in the fourth over before the close, lbw after missing a sweep at off-spinner Narsingh Deonarine.
The top three nations from Jamaica, Guyana, Puerto Rico and T&T will advance to next February’s CONCACAF Olympic qualifying rounds in the United States. Only two CONCACAF teams will progress to the Rio Olympics.
O’Brien said the W/Warriors squad, which includes Arin King, Ahkeela Mollon, Tasha St Louis, Lauryn Hutchinson and Janine Francois, will be further strengthened on Tuesday with the return of Karyn and Kimika Forbes and Khadidra Debesette, just 24 hours before the Caribbean semifinals.