Wed, Mar

Forbes, Walcott keep Soca Princesses unbeaten.

Cap­tain Karyn Forbes and Nia Wal­cott each net­ted a dou­ble to help T&T se­cure its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win as its quest to reach the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, re­mains on course.

On Wednes­day, the So­ca Princess­es met An­tigua and Bar­bu­da in the Con­ca­caf Women's Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment and emerged with a con­vinc­ing 5-0 vic­to­ry at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in Bal­main, Cou­va.

T&T, who is aim­ing to top the group, went on the at­tack ear­ly and had Wal­cott open the scor­ing with a goal in the 13th minute. The vis­it­ing team though down, ad­just­ed quick­ly de­fen­sive­ly and did well to re­strict the host team head­ing in­to the half with a 1-0 deficit un­til Karyn Forbes put the host team fur­ther ahead.

The ex­pe­ri­enced Forbes was ac­cu­rate from the penal­ty spot, send­ing T&T's sec­ond item past goal-keep­er Nik­isha Samuel in added-on time (45+2), to hold a 2-0 ad­van­tage at the break.

In the sec­ond half, T&T con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate play and in­creased its lead to 3-0 with Forbes con­nect­ing her sec­ond item in the lop­sided en­counter in the 74th.

Six min­utes lat­er, Aaliyah Prince (82nd) put in an­oth­er goal for the So­ca Princess­es to see T&T go up 4-0. Wal­cott re­turned in the 89th to put the ic­ing on the cake for T&T.

The lo­cal team opened the Qual­i­fiers pos­i­tive­ly, with a 3-0 vic­to­ry over Aru­ba on Mon­day, thanks to goals from Nia and Afiyah Wal­cott, and Ja­nine Fran­cois.

In the ear­li­er match, Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic earned full points against Aru­ba with a 3-0 vic­to­ry. In the open­ing round, Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic was held to a goal­less draw with St Kitts and Nevis.

T&T will next play St Kitts and Nevis on Sun­day at the same venue from 5 pm.

FINAL: Trinidad and Tobago Women 5-0 Antigua and Barbuda. Goals scored by Nia Walcott (13', 89'), Karyn Forbes (45'+2 penalty, 74'), and Aaliyah Prince (82').


Trinidad and Tobago (4-3-3): 1.Kimika Forbes (GK); 4.Maria-Frances Serrant, 5.Liana Hinds, 7.Khadisha Debesette, 2.Meyah Romeo; 14.Karyn Forbes (captain), 9.Nia Walcott, 15.Afiyah Cornwall (6.Sydney Boisselle 73); 17.Aaliyah Prince, 16.Dennecia Prince (11.Maya Matouk 46), 13.Shanelle Summer Arjoon (20.Cayla McFarlane 66).

Substitutes: 18.Tenesha Palmer (GK), 3.Amaya Ellis, 8.Asha James, 10.Janine Francois, 19.Tori Paul,

Coach: Stephan De Four

Referee: Ekaterina Koroieva (USA)

Match Highlights - T&T Women's 5-0 win over Antigua/Barbuda

De Four - We'll bring the excitement back to Women's football

Concacaf Women’s Olympic qualifiers

(Wednesday 2 October)

Dominican Republic 2 (Dayari Balbuena 7, 69), Aruba 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad and Tobago 5 (Nia Walcott 13, 89, Karyn Forbes 45+2 pen, 74, Aaliyah Prince 81), Antigua and Barbuda 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Upcoming Fixtures

(Friday 4 October)

Antigua & Barbuda vs Dominican Republic, 2.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Aruba vs St Kitts & Nevis, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

(Sunday 6 October)

Antigua & Barbuda vs Aruba, 2.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad & Tobago vs St Kitts & Nevis, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Tuesday 8 October)

St Kitts & Nevis vs Antigua & Barbuda, 2.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad & Tobago vs Dominican Republic, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.