Thu, Jan


T&T's Un­der-20 So­ca Princess­es will face the Cay­man Is­lands on Tues­day, in a match that could as­sure them a place in­to the knock-out phase of the tour­na­ment.

The match will be played at 1 pm at the Es­ta­dio Panamer­i­cano in San Cristo­bal, San­to Domin­go, Dominican Re­pub­lic and match officials are obliged to allow water breaks in mid-game, due to the sweltering heat. The T&T team got a per­fect start to their cam­paign, fol­low­ing their 6-0 thump­ing of St Kitts/Nevis on Sun­day, cour­tesy a beaver-trick (four goals) from Afiyah Corn­wall in the win.

The win came af­ter the Richard Hood-coached team de­feat­ed Puer­to Ri­co 3-0 in a warm-up match, and al­so clob­bered a Dominican Re­pub­lic Club in an­oth­er prac­tice match last week. Hood was yes­ter­day high in praise for his girls, say­ing it was an amaz­ing feat to win their open­ing game of the tour­na­ment. But he, how­ev­er, told the me­dia that he hopes the girls can con­tin­ue with good per­for­mances throughout the tour­ney.

Yes­ter­day the Cay­man Is­lands were at the end of a heavy 8-0 rout by the re­gion's emerg­ing pow­er­hous­es Haiti and will be there­fore be hop­ing to re­bound against the T&T team this af­ter­noon if they are to have any chance of pro­gress­ing.

A win over the Cayman Islands would guarantee T&T a place in the Round of 16 and mean they enter their final group outing against Haiti with a chance to top Group F.

Three teams from the group will ad­vance to the win-and-out stage, which Hood told the me­dia more than a month ago, will be the pe­ri­od that could go in any di­rec­tion for T&T, as they will be set to face some of the pow­er­hous­es in the CON­CA­CAF re­gion.