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T&T advances without conceding a goal

T&T Under-17 women’s Soca Warriors recorded yet another shut-out victory, 4–0 over host St Kitts/Nevis to top their Caribbean Football Union Group Three World Cup preliminary round qualifiers at the Elquemedo T Willet Park, Charlestown, St Kitts, on Wednesday night.

The win for the Rajesh Latchoo-coached T&T young women, followed previous convincing victories over Dominica (4–0) and British Virgin Islands (8–0) to end with maximum nine points, three more than host St Kitts/Nevis which defeated BVI (3–1) and Dominica (1–0) in their other matches.

However, due to the passage of a Tropical Storm, the T&T squad and technical staff which was due to return home yesterday but will not do so until Saturday after St Kitts airport was ordered closed.

Speaking yesterday, Sheldon Phillips, general secretary of the T&T Football Federation confirmed that the team will not returning home until Saturday, and added that everything was in place to make their extended stay away from home a comfortable one.

Phillips added: “The Caribbean Football Union sent out some information to all the federations involved in which they explained what was happening, and on our end we had discussions with and approached the Sports Company of T&T and Ministry of Sports, for the necessary finances to deal with the team’s unplanned extended stay in St Kitts/Nevis.

“We have been in contact with coach Latchoo and the team, and all is positive within the camp as be expected after having topped their qualifying group.”

T&T and St Kitts/Nevis now join Group One winner Cuba, and runner-up Dominican Republic; Group Two winner, Haiti; Jamaica, and Barbados, the winner and runner-up of Group Four and host Puerto Rico in the CFU eight-team final round. In Group One, Cuba gained nine points from three games, Dominican Republic earned six after winning two games, Cayman Islands got three points from winning one game and the Bahamas failed to earn a point by losing all three games. 

Group Two was won by Haiti who won both of their games and gained six points, Bermuda won one game and got three points while Curacao ended up with no point at all. Jamaica gained maximum nine points from three games in Group Four followed by Barbados with six points. Suriname gained three points while St Lucia never made it on the score sheet.

The eight teams will be separated into two groups of four at the end of which the top two from each will advance to the CFU semifinals after which the two finalists will join hosts Grenada to compete in the 2016 Concacaf Women’s U-17 Championship. Three Concacaf teams will qualify for the 2016 Fifa Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Jordan next year September.

T&T UNDER-17 WOMEN’S ROSTER

Goalkeeper: Malaika Dedier, Klil Keshwar, Ayanna Arneaud (Canada)

Defenders: Shalisha King, Natisha John, Raynicia Charles, Tsaianne Fernandez, Sheneika Paul, Brittney Williams

Midfielder: Nia Honore, Kelsey Henry, Ranae Ward, Arianna Campbell (Canada), Alexis Fortune (Canada)

Forwards: Raenah Campbell (USA), Laurelle Theodore, Kedie Johnson, Salina Isaac, Kaydeen Jack

CFU Under-17 Women Group Three results:
Venue: Elquemedo Tino Willet Park, St Kitts & Nevis

Saturday August 22:

T&T 4 vs Dominica 0
St Kitts & Nevis 3 vs British Virgin Islands 1

Tuesday August 25:

T&T 8 vs British Virgins Islands 0  
St Kitts & Nevis 1 vs Dominica 0

Wednesday August 26:

Dominica 2 vs British Virgin Islands 1
T&T 4 vs St Kitts/Nevis 0

Final CFU Under-17 Women’s Group Three:

Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
T&T    3    3    0    0    16    0    9
St Kitts/Nevis    3    1    0    1    4    5    6
Dominica    3    1    0    2    2    6    3
BVI    3    0    0    3    2    13    0