Trinidad and Tobago’s football pedigree continues to be under the Caribbean and CONCACAF radar this week again with the women’s and boys under-17 teams in regional competition – this following the just ended test of their Girls Under-15 standard.
Yesterday in the Cayman Islands, the TT Under-15 Girls team whipped Honduras 5 goals to two to clinch third place in what was the inaugural CONCACAF tournament for their age-group and gender.
A first-half hattrick by Laurelle Theodore and a brace by her strike partner Raenah Campbell condemned the Hondurans to what was their second loss to Trinidad and Tobago in the tournament that featured 16 national teams.
In Group preliminary play, Trinidad and Tobago, after beating Barbados 4-nil and drawing 1-1 with Bermuda, handed Honduras a two-nil beating with Alexis Fortune and Amaya Ellis scoring.
Trinidad and Tobago rode on a double by Adanyo Phillip and one goal each from Fortune and Campbell to blank Bahamas 4-nil in the quarter-final round before losing for the first-time – 1-nil to Canada in the semifinal.
And in the semifinal losers match yesterday, TT were 5-nil leaders before Honduras got late goals from Lisbeth Bonilla.
Tomorrow attention turns to the start, here in Trinidad, of the Caribbean Football Union’s inaugural Caribbean Women’s Cup tournament, an eight-nation affair that is doubling as a qualifying competition for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Antigua/Barbuda, Bermuda, Jamaica, Haiti, Martinique, Puerto Rico and St. Kitts & Nevis join Trinidad and Tobago in the competition, the winner and runner-up from both Group A and Group B earning places at the 2014 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will determine the Confederation’s World Cup representatives.
Group A comprises Bermuda, Jamaica, Haiti and Puerto Rico while Group B has Antigua/Barbuda, Martinique, St. Kitts/Nevis and Trinidad & Tobago.
Tomorrow evening Jamaica plays Puerto Rico and Haiti faces Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
On Wednesday evening it’s action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium featuring Antigua/Barbuda versus Martinique and Trinidad & Tobago against St. Kitts/Nevis.
The action continues each evening up to Sunday with Trinidad and Tobago’s second match against Antigua/Barbuda on Friday and its last Group fixture against Martinique on Sunday.
Final day action is next Tuesday.
Meanwhile the Trinidad and Tobago’s Boys Under 17 team will commence their quest to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Under 17 Men’s World Cup with a Caribbean Football Union qualifying match against Grenada on Wednesday at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia.
The team, coached by Shawn Cooper, confronts Curacao on Friday and hosts St Lucia on Sunday.
The group winner along with the top two second placed teams from the four preliminary groups will advance to the Caribbean Final round in Haiti in September.
The CONCACAF Finals takes place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in February leading up to the FIFA Under 17 World Cup in Chile.