Trinidad and Tobago recorded their second successive win in CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s World Cup qualifying Group C action on Monday at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
The hosts did what was expected of them but it was far from a walk in the part for them as Dominica put on a fighting display, staying organised for most parts to contain the T&T Women Warriors on the evening.
T&T got out of the starting blocks early once more with Jenelle Cunningham opening the scoring in the 5th minute with a shot that entered the net on the rise from close up. Dominica did not pose much of a threat to T&T’s defence but they stayed disciplined for most parts and never allowed T&T to get into a dominant mode.
Rhea Belgrave put T&T 2-0 ahead in the 36th minute and Karyn Forbes rifled another long range effort from a direct free kick past goalkeeper Kimberly Elie in the 54th minute.
“We are happy to get three points and we continue to move along. It was a good tactical and defensive game by the opponent and we respect that,” T&T Head Coach Jamaal Shabazz said after the match. USVI bounced back from Saturday’s heavy loss to the hosts, to defeat Grenada 3-0 in Monday’s opening game of the double header.
T&T 3 v Dominica 0
T&T: 1.Saundra Baron (GK); 4.Rhea Belgrave (3.Anastasia Prescott 68), 2.Ayanna Russell, 5.Jenelle Cunningham; 8.Patrice Superville, 11.Janine Francois, 14.Karyn Forbes (19.Aaliyah Prince, 70′), 7.Jonelle Cato; 12.Summer Arjoon, 10.Tasha St Louis (capt), 9.Mariah Shade (18.Naomie Guerra, 78′).
Subs not Used: 20.Nicolette Craig (GK), 6.Natasha St Louis, 13.Andrea Young, 15.Taylor Mims, 16.Kedie Johnson, 17.Shaunalee Govia.
Head Coach: Jamaal Shabazz
Dominica: 12.Kimberly Elei (GK); 20.Alanna Finn (17.Keanna Francis 63), 14.Kylee Bertand, 6.Kira Bertrand, 4.Kimara Sabaroche, 8.Kasika Samuel; 19.Chazelle Phillip, 11.Rosilia Registe (capt), 16.Michlyn Morgan (9.Donisha Xavier, 55′); 3.Alijah Titre (5.Henrica Samuel, 43′); 10.Romelcia Phillip.
Subs not Used: 1.Christina Sobers (GK), 2.Myah Raymond, 7.Ezra Elwin, 13.Keandra Francis, 15.Tafari Bertrand, 18.Cassandra Augustine.
Head Coach: Rajesh Latchoo
Highlights - T&T's 3-0 win over Dominica in Women's World Cup qualifier
Shabazz stays positive after T&T records second win in CONCACAF Caribbean qualifiers
Dominica head coach Latchoo reacts following 3-0 loss to T&T in CONCACAF Women's Qualifier
Soca Princesses outplay Dominica 3-0.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).
T&T senior women’s football team got win number two in the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Qualifiers yesterday at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, after hammering Dominica 3-0.
Overlapping defenders Jenelle Cunningham, Rhea Belgrave and the consistent Karyn Forbes were the scorers in another dominant display for the home team in front an appreciative crowd.
Forbes who is fast making a name for herself as the Cafu of T&T women football, was again on target in the 54th minute when she skilfully curled the ball over the grasp of Kimberly Elie from a free kick on the left side to hand the host a three-goal advantage.
The goals came following a series of relentless attacks all night that should have reflected a larger margin of victory.
Earlier Shenelle Arjoon who returned to the starting line up delivered a cross from the left side which posed problems for the Dominican defence, and Jenelle Cunningham benefitted when she blasted the loose ball into the roof of the net in the 5th minute for a 1-0 lead.
The home team might have had another one moments later when Arjoon picked out Janine Francois with another left side cross, Francois’ header was pushed wide by an acrobatic Elie.
However, T&T would not be denied as Rhea Belgrave headed home a cross from almost on the goal line, as Elie failed to attack it in her area and T&T closed the first half with a 2-0 advantage and in total control of the contest. The host only goal in the second half came from Forbes, despite many attacks at the opposing team’s goal.
Meanwhile, the USVI got its first win of the CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Championships at the A to Boldon Stadium in Couva yesterday, rebounding from a demoralizing 10-0 defeat to T&T on Saturday to whip Grenada 3-0.
The USVI team, under the former T&T player and coach Izler Browne, left it late though as they were frustrated by many chances. The breakthrough came when Maya Hadeed’s tame shot from the top of the area appeared to be heading outside, but instead ended up in the back of goalkeeper Connie John’s nets in the 74th minute.
Later the USVI went two up when John fumbled Bianca Canizio’s low drive in the 89th minute. And with the goal wide open, Canizio dashed in with a flash to pounce on the loose ball.
Substitute striker completed the 3-0 win by shooting into an empty goal in the 91st minute. Browne’s team will next play Dominica tomorrow in the first game at 4pm.