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Tsaianne Leander

Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 20 Women’s Footballers made a winning start to the Caribbean Football Union Final round of World Cup qualification with a come from behind 4-1 victory over Curacao at the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Haiti on Thursday evening.

After falling a goal behind 2nd minute, T&T rallied back with goals from Tsaianne Leander in the 37th and 48th minutes, Maya Matouk in the 52nd and Kedie Johnson in the 53rd minute to put the game out of Curacao’s reach.

Ketsiah Wahr had earlier put Curacao ahead with a long range effort moments after the opening whistle.

Jamaica also defeated St Vincent/Grenadines 4-1 in the other Group B encounter played on the night.

T&T head coach Jason Spence credited his team for their efforts, particularly their ability to remain compose and orchestrate a comeback following the early goal scored by Curacao.

“Overall it was a great team effort. Curacao got the very early goal and that was a bit of a setback but we never lost our cool and we kept our shape and composure,” Spence said.

“The players dug deep and once we leveled the scores we were able to show our class and surge ahead early in the second half. I think it was a good start for us result wise but we will work on a few areas before going into our remaining matches in the group,” Spence added.

T&T will face St Vincent/Grenadines from 4pm on Saturday.

The top three teams from the eight-team tournament will advance to the CONCACAF Finals in Honduras in December.

T&T starting eleven

Rebecca Almandoz
Shaunalee Govia
Rene Mike
Sawsha Woznuk
Maya Matouk
Celeste Thomas
Tsaianne Leander
Kedie Johnson
Chevonne John
Kelsey Henry
Raenah Campbell


Group A:


Bermuda 1 (Aaliyah Nolan 29th) vs Puerto Rico 0

Group B:


T&T 4 (Tsainne Leander 37th, 48th, Maya Matouk 52nd, Kedie Johnson 53rd) vs Curacao 1 (Ketsiah Wahr 2nd).

Jamaica 4 (Khadija Shaw 15th, 46th, 52nd, Rasha Roberts 70th) vs SVG 1 (Konya Plummer o.g 29th).