Norway-based Kenny ‘YaYa’ Cordner netted a second-half double after an opening goal from Kayla Taylor saw T&T Women ended their Caribbean Football Union Final Round Qualifiers to the CONCACAF Final Round on a high after a 3-0 victory over Bermuda in Kingston, Jamaica, yesterday.
Following’s Friday shock 4-1 loss to Jamaica after lead 1-0 deep into the second-half at Independence Park (National Stadium), the ‘Women Warriors’ were eager to end on a positive note and got off to a great start when Taylor scored for the fourth straight match, and her tournament-high seventh goal in the 12th minute.
However, the Soca Princesses without injured captain Tasha St Louis in the line-up struggled to add to their tally and only had the one goal to show at the half.
Twelve minutes after the restart, Cordner doubled the lead and three minutes from full-time she added another to end with three goals in as many matches after missing’s T&T opener, a 3-2 win over Cuba, in which Taylor netted a hat-trick.
The win lifted the Anton Corneal-coached team to nine points from four matches, level with Jamaica which came up against third-placed Cuba (six points) in last night’s second encounter.
Despite being dethroned as CFU champions, and suffering its heaviest defeat to a regional rival, T&T is assured of qualification to the eight-team CONCACAF Final Round along with Jamaica and Cuba where they will join the trio of the USA, Canada and Mexico, the top three ranked teams in Concacaf who were automatic qualifiers to the final round of eight-teams as well as Central American duo, Costa Rica and Panama.
USA will welcome the region’s top women’s national teams for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will crown a regional champion and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, plus the fourth-place finisher to an Inter-Continental Playoff.
The Concacaf Women’s Championship is scheduled to be played October 4-17, 2018 in Texas.
T&T women progress to CONCACAF finals.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).
THE TRINIDAD and Tobago women football team progressed to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship – the final round of qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, by virtue of a comfortable 3-0 win over Bermuda yesterday.
Action was in the first match of a CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Qualifier double-header at the National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica.
Kennya Cordner scored twice for the Anton Corneal-coached squad, with Kayla Taylor getting the other goal, which ensured that T&T finished the five-team group stage with nine points from four games, and a goal difference of plus six.
Hosts Jamaica (nine points from three games and a goal difference of plus 16) and Cuba (six points from three games and a goal difference of plus eight) were due to meet in the game of the Caribbean qualifiers last evening. Bermuda (three points) and Antigua/Barbuda (no point) were the other teams in the Caribbean final round group.
TT, Jamaica and Cuba will move on to the CONCACAF Women’s Championship in the United States from October 4-17.
Captain Tasha St Louis and central defender Jenelle Cunningham, who were both injured in Friday’s 4-1 loss to the Jamaicans, were replaced in the starting line-up by midfielder Naomie Guerra and Rhea Belgrave respectively.
And experienced goalkeeper Kimika Forbes was dropped, with American-born Saundra Baron getting her first start of the tournament.
Taylor netted her seventh goal of the competition, in the 12th minute of play. The pint-sized striker took the ball from defender Taznae Fubler outside of the penalty area, made room to her left and drilled a left-footed shot past Bermuda goalie Micah Pond.
Guerra had a chance to extend T&T’s lead in the 38th, when she received a cross from the left by fellow midfielder Karyn Forbes. But Guerra took too long to control the ball, and Pond averted any danger. Cordner, who, like Taylor, made her return to the national team for this tournament, netted T&T’s second goal in the 57th.
Fubler was harassed inside the penalty box by Taylor and her week clearance fell to Cordner who lashed a right-footed drive beyond Pond’s reach.
Taylor saw her 68th minute effort crash off the uprights, and Cordner, seconds later, skewed her left-footer with only Pond to beat.
Pond was lucky not to concede in the 76th, when K’shaela Burch Waldron’s clearance rebounded off Taylor’s knee and sailed towards the goal. The Bermuda keeper was alert to prevent the ball from crossing the goal-line.
But Pond could do little to stop Cordner from scoring her second item, in the 87th.
The veteran attacker skipped past Waldron, Jade Stewart and Trinae Edwards with a diagonal run from the left, and sent her right-footed shot, via Pond’s fingertips, into the back of the net.