20 Oct 2011
- Written by Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian)
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T&T Under-20 Soca Princesses will be seeking a victory when they come up against Cayman Islands in their opening match of the Caribbean Football Union Group B First Round Under-20 Women qualifier at the Dr Franklin Essed Stadium, Paramaribo, Suriname from 5 pm.
While it will be the first match for the Marlon Charles-coached Soca Princesses, Cayman Islands will be playing its second and final encounter in the three-team group after trouncing host Suriname 4-0 on Tuesday at the same venue.
Coutisha Ebanks opened the scoring for Cayman Islands in the 50th minute while Brianna Hydes (52nd), Marissa Mc Laughlin (64th) and Shanice Monteith (80th) added the others.
A win for Cyman Islands will seal top spot in group, however a drawn result for both teams will leave the Soca Princesses needing to beat Suriname by five clear goals on Saturday in their final match to advance.
The local squad comprises a number of players who were part of the Under-17 team in last month’s CFU Under-17 qualifiers as well as the 2010 FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup played here in T&T.
The Under-17 players in the team include captain Anique Walker, Debesette twin-sisters, Khadidra and Khadisha, Abigail Jacob, Marlique Asson, Naomie Guerra, Shanisa Camejo and Jonelle Warrick while goalkeeper Linfah Jones is also in the squad.
Group A which comprises, Cuba, Jamaica and St Lucia and begins Friday in Cuba; Group C consists of host Haiti, Barbados, British Virgin Islands and St Kitts/Nevis (October 31 to November 4), while Group D will finish the first round November 2 to 6 in Guyana with the host competing against Anguilla, the Dominican Republic and Antigua & Barbuda.
At the end of the CFU First Round, the four group winners will compete in a round-robin tournament from which the top three advances to the eight-team Concacaf Finals field.
Panama and Guatemala have already qualified from Central America along with automatic qualifiers Canada, Mexico and USA for the Concacaf Finals to be contested next year.
T&T Under-20 women’s squad:
Goalkeepers: Keri Myers, Linfah Jones
Defenders: Khadisha Debesette, Afiyah Matthias, Tineisha Cobham, Abigail Jacob, Marlique Asson.
Midfielders: Khadidra Debesette, Patrice Campbell, Nia Walcott, Naomie Guerra, Shanisa Camejo, Jonelle Warrick.
Forwards: Anique Walker, Jo-Marie Lewis, Brianna Ryce, Shanice Pierre, Janelle Mc Gee
Reserves: Merisha Parris, Kerchel Torres
CFU Group B Under-20 Women’s fixture:
Venue: Dr Franklin Essed Stadium, Paramaribo, Suriname
Tuesday: Suriname vs Cayman Islands, 6pm
Thursday: Cayman Islands vs T&T, 6pm
Saturday: Suriname vs TT&T, 5pm