Like the netball team in the just ended Americas tournament in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, the West Indies cricket team in the also just ended ODI series with Bangladesh in St Kitts and like the Boys Under-17 football team in St Lucia, the Trinidad and Tobago women’s football team last night ended competition at home – in the first ever Women’s Caribbean Cup Championship – winners of every match.
At the floodlit Hasely Crawford Stadium with a bubbly crowd shouting their reaction through the combative 90-minute game, the Trinidad and Tobago women beat Jamaica a tantalizing one-goal to nil — striker Mariah Shade breaching the Jamaican citadel eight minutes after kick-off.
St Kitts-Nevis overpowered 10-nil, Antigua-Barbuda tamed 3-nil, Martinique outdone 7-nil, Jamaica squeezed 1-nil. Shade’s decisive sixth goal. And Trinidad and Tobago the Caribbean Football Union Women’s first-tournament champions now lead beaten finalist Jamaica, 5-1 third-placed winners Haiti and bronze-medal playoff losers Martinique into the October 15th to 26th CONCACAF Women’s 8-team championship in the United States.
USA, Mexico, Costa Rica and Guatemala await in a championship that qualifies the top three finishers to the June 6th to July 5th, 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup finals slated for Canada.
Two hattricks in a leading 7-goal score in the Caribbean Women’s Cup for TT’s Tasha St Louis; the very skilful Kennya Cordner with a 50-second fastest goal in her three.
In England, Manchester United boss Louis van Haal insisted he was “not shocked” by his side’s 4-0 thrashing by MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
United crashed out against the League One side to leave Van Haal winless after his first three games in charge.
Former Netherlands boss Van Haal took over at Old Trafford in the summer following last season’s seventh-placed finish, their worst in Premier League history.
At Flushing Meadows,New York, Five-time US Open champions Roger Federer and Serena Williams were both in impressive form as they swept past their first-round opponents.
Swiss second seed Federer took two hours and 26 minutes to see off Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-4 7-6.
Top women’s seed Williams also produced a dominant 55-minute 6-3, 6-1 performance against fellow American Taylor Townsend.
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and runner-up Eugenie Bouchard also raced to victory.