T&T’s Under 20 Women’s Team went down 4-1 to Dominican Republic’s Women’s Under 20 team in a scrimmage in Santo Domingo on Friday.
The T&T Team, is currently engaged in a training camp ahead of the upcoming CONCACAF U-20 Women’s Championship. T&T’s lone goal came from Maria-Frances Serrant close to the half hour mark.
T&T will face Puerto Rico’s U-20 Women in another training match on Monday and semi-professional women’s team Abril LDF on February 19th. T&T faces St Kitts/Nevis in its opening match of the championship on February 22nd.
“The game for us was a poor one as we struggled on both sides of the ball. The opponent was physical and well organized and pressed us throughout.. Our players for the most part could not handle the pressure. Afiyah Cornwall stood out for us. A few players were decent but there was little else to be pleased about,” head coach Richard Hood said.
Hood said, “I think it was an important exercise for us as we found out a lot about the character of the players as well as their tactical knowledge. I believe fitness remains an issue as well as acclimatizing to the conditions here is a factor as well but that will come. We have the next two days to prepare for our next training match and correct these areas. We need to fight much more and improve our mobility and composure in possession.”
(Team x Dominican Republic)
Trinidad and Tobago U-20 (4-2-3-1): Chelsea Ramnauth (GK); Lathifa Pascall, Shalisha King, Tsian Fernandez, Nathifa Hackshaw; Sarah De Gannes, Megan Rampersad; Aaliyah Prince, Chrissy Mitchell, Maria Frances-Serrant; Afiyah Cornwall.
Substitutes: Sydney Boisselle, Roshun Williams, Aaliyah Pascall, Sydni Greaves, Tori Paul.
Unavailable: K’lil Keshwar (GK), Cayla McFarlane, Arnelle Douglas.
Injured: Alexcia Ali.
Coach: Richard Hood