Members of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s football squad did return on Monday night from Ecuador where they featured in a goalless draw with the Ecuadoreans in the first-leg Intercontinental World Cup qualifier.
And as the youthful footballing ladies mark time practising for a match-winning effort in the decisive December 2nd return match in Port-of-Spain, they woke this morning hearing that the national men’s team made a pitch-perfect start to the Caribbean Football Union’s Men’s Cup Championship in Montego Bay, Jamaica last night, overcoming a plucky Curacao three goals to two.
The Championship, featuring eight finalists, books the top four for play in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup and the winner an automatic slot in the 2016 centennial Copa Anerica Championship.
TT team captain, Kenwyne Jones, a pro with Cardiff City in the English championship League, scored two goals, equalising Rihario Meulens 18th minute shocker approaching the half hour mark then connecting on a Kevin Molino feed to give TT a 2-1 lead at 37 minutes.
When Gianluca Maria levelled the scores at 2-2 in the 48th, TT cocah Stephen Hart was not smiling until Molino, the Orlando City and US Pro Leaguer 2014 record golascorer lashed in what turned out to be the game winner five minutes into the second half.
The TT victory gave them hold on the Group standings all alone as the other pair in the Group, French Guiana and defending champions Cuba, played to a draw for a share of points.
Today features Group “B” teams in action at the Montego Park – Haiti against Antigua/Barbuda at 6.30 pm and hosts Jamaica versus Martinique at 9 pm.
Trinidad and Tobago face French Guiana tomorrow and Cuba on Saturday when the top two from the Group will be settled for the championship next stage.
The final, as well as the third-place play-off, will be staged on November 18. All matches are being staged at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.