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LAST FRIDAY’S fund-raising double-header in aid of the National Under-17 Women’s football squad was a success, according to Anthony Harford of All Sports Promotions, who organised the event.

The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) playoffs begin for the TT U-17s next month, and two exhibition matches were played at the Northern Recreation Ground in Diego Martin in a bid to raise funds to offset some of the costs of the team’s preparation.

Fans were allowed free entry to the matches and invited to make cash contributions, the sum of which was put directly to the squad’s finances. Harford reported yesterday that $2,520 was collected, which was “way beyond what we expected given the ground is not enclosed.”

In their exhibition game, the TT U-17s went under 0-1 to a Women’s Premier League (WPL) All-Star team.

The highlight of the evening turned out to be the game between the 1989 TT “Strike Squad” and the 2006 “Soca Warriors, which featured Sports Minister Brent Sancho, Gary Glasgow, Anthony Wolfe, Atiba Mc Knight, Clayton Morris, Brian Williams and many other former TT stars. The Strike Squad drew the match 2-2. The TT Under-17 Women have expressed their thanks to the spectators who came and gave to the cause.