Trinidad and Tobago women’s football goalkeepers, like the others on the other seven teams in the Caribbean Football Union’s current Cup championship, will be as much the focus of attention during the seven-day tournament that kicked off in Trinidad last evening with 11 goals tallied from the two matches.
Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz beat Puerto Rico 4-1 in the first match and Haiti drubbed Bermuda 5-1 in the second – both Group A matches, played at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva.
Donna-Kay Henry, from the penalty spot in the sixth minute, Shakira Duncan in the 34th and 51st minutes and Nicole Campbell-Green (47th), hit in the goals for Jamaica who rallied from a 1-1 scoreline after Laura Suarez equalised for the Puerto Ricans in the 25th minute.
Puerto Rico ended the game with 10 players after Delyaliz Rosario was sent off, being cautioned in the fifth and 62nd minutes.
Jamaica next face Bermuda, while Puerto Rico will play Haiti tomorrow evening back again at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
Today the action is at the Hasely Crawford Stadium where Antigua-Barbuda engage Martinique from 5 pm and Trinidad and Tobago meet St Kitts-Nevis from 7.15 in Group B play.
TT goalkeepers Kimika Forbes #1 and Tinesha Palmer #20 look to their defence lines to help them keep out the goals while backing captain Maylee Attin-Johnson #9, a midfielder-striker, to lead the goal-scoring in a tournament that qualifies the top four teams for the CONCACAF women’s Gold Cup to take place in the United States later this year.
Antigua-Barbuda have TT to play on Friday evening and on Sunday afternoon Martinique face up to TT.
The final and 3rd-place playoff are to be played next Tuesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.