12 Jan 2012
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A 1-1 draw with hosts Cuba yesterday was not enough to put Trinidad and Tobago into the final round CONCACAF Under-20 Women's World Cup qualifying.
Trinidad and Tobago needed victory over the Cubans to fight for one of three spots available in the two groups of Caribbean qualifiers.
Janelle McGee put T&T ahead in the first half, but the equaliser put paid to T&T's chances of moving forward, as they finished second in the group with four points. The better second-place finishers of the two groups were Jamaica, who won their final encounter to finish with six points.
Earlier in the day, Guyana upset Puerto Rico 1-0, giving T&T the chance to top the group with victory over Cuba. But T&T could not secure full points, which ends a battling run by the young "Soca Princesses".
T&T lost their first encounter to Puerto Rico 1-0 after losing their goalkeeper to go down to ten players. They recovered with a 1-0 win over Guyana, but in their final match, a draw was not enough.
Cuba: - Katherina Montesino, Indira Manzano (Yanet Tamayo 69th), Regla De la Ponce, Yarisleidy Mena, Laura Moreno, Rachel Pelaez, Maria Perez, Roxana Galan (Esmeralda Marcos 90th), Dainelis Moreno, Maidoni Goitizolo (Yoanna Calderon 48th), Milagros Ramirez.
Coach: - Jose Luis Elejalde.
Trinidad & Tobago: - Shalette Alexander, Khadisha Debesette, Afiyah Matthias (capt), Camille Borneo, Tineisha Cobham (Yellow 35) (Shanice Pierre 77th), Shante Helwig, Khadidra Debesette, Shanisa Camejo, Kayla Taylor, Brianna Ryce, Janelle McGee (Patrice Campbell 56th).
Coach: - Marlon Charles.
Referee: - Alondra Arellano (Mexico).
Venue: - Estadio Pedro Marrero Ciudad de La Habana.
Attendance: - 300.