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Soca Princesses’ captain, Anique Walker, centre celebrates with team-mates as another goal is scored against Dominica in their CFU Under-17 Group B qualifier at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar on Wednesday.Photo: Anthony HarrisKhadidra Debesette made it seven goals in two matches against Dominica when she netted a hat-trick in the Soca Princesses 5-0 triumph in the away-leg of the Caribbean Football Union Women’s Under-17 Group B qualifier at Windsor Park Stadium, Rouseau, on Sunday.

A member of the 2010 Under-17 women’s team which participated in the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup last year on home soil, Debesette got her goals in the 15th, 17th and 89th minute before being replaced by Zoe Swift.

Just as in the 13-0 win at the home at the Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar on Wednesday in which Debesette netted a beaver-trick, Soca Princesses captain, Anique Walker once again opened the scoring in the eight minute while Victoria Swift, Zoe’s older sister scored a penalty in the 22nd minute.

Prior to Debesette completing her hat-trick the Soca Princesses’ were reduced to ten players after Walker picked up a second yellow-card in the 81st minute.

This, after first being cautioned in the 63rd by Jamaican referee Cardella Samuel. Speaking after the match, Soca Princesses coach, Stephan De Four said he was satisfied with his team’s performance in their first match away from home.

“We created just as much as chances as we did in the first match at home but we did not make full use of them.

De Four said credit must be given to the Dominicans who had an improved showing. “They brought in a few new players from overseas and together with the home support they got it lifted their spirits and performance on the day.

“They were throwing their bodies all over the field in an effort to stop our players and I credit them for the effort they put out.”

Overall De Four said his players stuck to the game plan of ball possession and once again dominated the match.“Our lone low point in the encounter was the red card shown to Anique (Walker),” added De Four.

Looking ahead to the remaining matches against St Kitts/Nevis on October 2 and 5, De Four said he will be adding Trincity Nationals striker Jonelle Warrick to the squad for the suspended Walker while efforts will be made for Canada-based striker Diarra Simmons to return as well.

Simmons featured in the 13-0 win over Dominica and scored a pair of goals, but had to return to North America prior to Sunday’s second match.

The Soca Princesses returned home yesterday and will return to the training field on Friday at UWI, St Augustine from 4.30 pm.

At the end of the three-team home-and-away series, the winner will join other group winners, Jamaica, Bahamas and Guyana in a four-team CFU second round round-robin series at a venue and date to be determined from which three teams will advance to the Concacaf finals.

From the Concacaf tourney, the top three qualifies for next year’s FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Azerbaijan, from  September 12- October 13.

Sunday’s CFU Under-17 Women’s Group B Result:

T&T 5 (Khadidra Debesette 15, 17, 89, Anique Walker 5, Victoria Swift 22-Pen) vs Dominica 0


Trinidad and Tobago: Shantelle Christian, Adeka Spence, Abigail Jacobs, Marlique Asson, Victoria Swift, Naomie Guerra (Darian Diaz 78th), Rhonda Guiseppi, Khadidra Debesette (Zoe Swift 90th), Khadisha Debesette, Anique Walker (capt) (Yellow 63', Red 81'), Khadijah De Freitas (Shanice Garcia 61st).

Unused Subs: Tonietta Phillip, Corinna Sequea, Olivia Jaggernauth, Sheniel David.

Coach: Stephan De Four.

Dominica: Kadisha Joseph, Sabrina Graham, Kayanna Jno-Baptiste (Yellow 32') (Cora Francis 90th), Ayanna Rose, Christine Maximia, Jenelle Laronde, Onisha Deluge, Krista Dorival, Kylee Bertrand.

Coach: Egbert Jno-Baptiste.