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2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« on: March 08, 2023, 10:04:10 PM »
Mascall appointed Women's U-20 Head Coach
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football Association is today confirming the appointment of Dernelle Mascall as Head Coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Under 20 Team.

Mascall, a former Senior and Youth Team Women’s player takes up responsibilities with immediate effect. She was also part of the staff overseeing the screening sessions which commenced in January towards the selection of a training squad for the 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Qualifiers.

Mascall has in the past served as an assistant coach at Senior and Youth Women National Teams between 2018 -2022. She is participating in the TTFA A License Coaching Course.

The rest of the support staff appointed for the U-20 Women’s Team includes –

Rajesh Latchoo (Assistant Coach)
Ayana Russell (Assistant Coach)
Kern Meloney (Sport Physiotherapist)
Raquel Russell (Equipment)
Declan Squires (Goalkeeper Coach)
Sgt Simone Edwards (Team Manager)

Mascall’s indicated in her initial reactions to the appointment that she was ready to serve her country once again.

“I’ve been in the program as a player and an assistant coach for both senior and junior teams, and it’s always an honour to represent and serve Trinidad and Tobago.

“Preparations began in late January and we’ve had the Tobago players join us in February. The next phase will see the introduction of the overseas-based players to complete the package. Hopefully that overall picture will be completed within some fair time prior to the tournament,” Mascall told TTFA Media.

She did admit that currently, emphasis is being placed on the developmental aspects of the players.

“It’s blaring that this group of players have missed such stages in their development but they are a coachable and an exciting bunch to work with,” she added.

Commenting on her backroom staff, she noted, “It’s a very competent staff. We are fortunate to have the head of TTFA Coach Education Rajesh Latchoo, an ex-national player and teammate in Ayana Russell and another ex-national player in Jinelle James as Director of Women’s football all involved. We also intend to make full use of the technical director Anton Corneal who is no stranger to both the men and women teams and the Girls High Performance lead Marlon Charles. Wd are really looking to capitalise on these resources with the aim of having the best representation for Trinidad and Tobago at the U-20 level,” Mascall concluded.

T&T are in Group D of the Concacaf qualifiers scheduled for April 15-23 at Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium, Willemstad, Curaçao; alongside Puerto Rico, Cayman Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and Guadeloupe.

Following round-robin play, the six group winners will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship, joining the confederation’s top two ranked nations, United States and Mexico.

The 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship is scheduled to take place May 24 – June 3, 2023, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The eight team competition will qualify its top three finishers (finalists and third place match winner) to next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.
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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2023, 10:42:28 AM »
Women's U-20s off to Curaçao for qualifiers
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Trinidad and Tobago’s Women’s Under 20 Team will depart for Curacao today to contest the Concacaf Women’s Under 20 qualifiers Group D action from April 15th.

The T&T team, under head coach Dernelle Mascall, will begin their quest on Saturday against the Cayman Islands from 3:00pm (local and TT Time) at the Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium in Willemstad. Group D also comprises Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico. Antigua and Barbuda recently withdrew from the tournament.

T&T faces Guadeloupe on Tuesday at 3:00pm local time and Puerto Rico on April 19th at 6:00pm.

Following round robin play, the six group winners will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship, joining the region’s top two ranked nations, United States and Mexico.

The 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship is scheduled to take place May 24 – June 3, 2023, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The eight-team competition will qualify its top three finishers (finalists and third place match winner) to next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Mascall will be looking to guide the team through to the next stage and is optimistic of their chances of advancing.

“We believe that the squad selected is made up of the best players available to us at this time. We managed to get a fair amount of screening done at the start after which we brought the players together to begin specific preparations before cutting to the final squad,” Mascall explained.

“All in all I have to give credit to the players for their commitment and enthusiasm over the entire preparation phase. We have also included a few players who came through the High Performance U-15 program as they have shown a lot of maturity and progression.

“Now it’s about getting these ladies to settle down as quickly as possible in a new environment when we arrive there. I know they are all very eager to do their best and represent the country to the best of their ability.”

The squad include five overseas-based players including attacking duo Athena and Nikita Jackson from Keller High School, Texas. Also in the mix is experienced midfielder Marley Walker of James Island Charter High School of Charleston, Canadian-based Cicely-Ann Spencer Wickham of St Robert Catholic High School, Ontario and goalkeeper Sophia Keel of South Torrance High School, California.

The TTFA also wishes to thank the Sports Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT) and the Ministry of Sport and Community Development for its support through a financial contribution towards the team’s participation at these qualifiers in Curacao.

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO WOMEN'S U-20 SQUAD

Goalkeepers
Sadiel Antoine (Holy Faith Convent Couva), Sophia Keel (South Torrance High School, California, USA), Mikaela Yearwood (St. Joseph Convent POS)

Defenders
Jeniceia Benjamin (Tranquility Secondary), Sharika Charles (Scarborough Secondary), Kaitlyn Darwent (St. Joseph Convent POS), Jada Graham (Mason Hall Secondary), Anastasia O'Brien (Tranquility Secondary), Kanika Rodriguez (St. Augustine Secondary), Cicely-Ann Spencer-Wickham (St. Robert Catholic High School, Ontario, Canada)

Midfielders
Rasheda Archer (South East Secondary), Carissa Cowan (Goodwood Secondary), Jessica Harragin (Holy Name Convent POS), Orielle Martin (Bishop Anstey East), Cherina Steele (Woodbrook Secondary), Marley Walker (James Island Charter High School, South Carolina, USA)

Forwards
J'eleisha Alexander (Scarborough Secondary), Athena Jackson (Keller High School, Texas, USA), Nikita Jackson (Keller High School, Texas, USA), Talia Martin (Speyside High School), Mariah Williams (Corpus Christi)

TECHNICAL STAFF
Head Coach: Dernelle Mascall
Assistant Coach: Rajesh Latchoo
Assistant Coach/Trainer: Ayana Russell
Goalkeeper Coach: Declan Squires
Team Manager: Simone Edwards
Equipment Manager: Raquel Russell
Physiotherapist: Kern Meloney
Doctor: Kristin Fung
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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2023, 09:49:14 AM »
Good Luck to the Women :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2023, 03:56:21 PM »
sound like congrats are in order. Concacaf website say rest of the world can view here https://www.concacafgo.com/ for those of us with good vpns.

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2023, 01:42:42 AM »
U-20 Women Warriors blank Cayman Islands 3-0.
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian).


Talia Martin of Speyside High School scored a goal in each half, and USA-based Nikita Jackson of Keller High School in Texas, the other, as T&T Under-20 Women Warriors blanked the Cayman Islands 3-0 in their Group D opener of the Concacaf Women’s Under 20 qualifiers at Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium, Willemstad, Curacao on Saturday.

Martin opened the scoring for T&T in the 22nd minute but the Dernelle Mascall-coached Under-20 Women Warriors could not make their dominance count and had to settle for the slim lead at the interval.

Jackson, one of five overseas-based players in the T&T squad doubled the advantage in the 66th minute, and two minutes later Martin banged in her second of the match to extend the lead to 3-0, which in the end proved sufficient for the three points.

Speaking after the match, Mascall said she was proud and happy about the effort from the team.

She said, "This being the first game at a Concacaf tournament for most of the girls I must commend their effort. They have been working diligently day-in and day-out in the build-up to this and today (yesterday), we stuck to the plan, and it was a well-deserved victory.

In terms of the group, Mascall stated, "This win puts the team in a very good place heading into our second match (Monday against Guadeloupe), and even more importantly the victory gives the girls some much-needed confidence and again I'm really proud of their effort."

The win for the Dernelle Mascall-coached young Women Warriors ended a four-match losing streak at the Concacaf Under-20 level for the women, dating back to the 2020 campaign when the Richard Hood-coached team was ousted 4-0 by Mexico in the quarterfinals after beating St Kitts and Nevis 7-0, and the Cayman Islands 2-0, and then losing 7-0 to Haiti in their round-robin group.

Back then, in the main draw round-of-16, T&T which had a best-ever finish of fourth in 2014 via a 7-3 loss in extra-time to Costa Rica in the third-place playoff after a 3-3 draw, and being ahead 3-1 in regulation-time, battled past Puerto Rico 5-4 on penalty-kicks following a 3-3 draw.

The last qualifying campaign in 2022 under the supervision of coach Jason Spence was a disastrous one for the Under-20 Women Warriors as they suffered defeats against Canada (5-0), St Kitts and Nevis (7-2), and El Salvador (3-0) to finish bottom of the round-robin pool, and failed to advance.

In the second match in Group D last night, Puerto Rico registered a 4-0 win over Guadeloupe, while the next round of matches on Monday will see T&T face Guadeloupe at the same venue from 3 pm before closing out pool play against Puerto Rico on Wednesday, April 19 from 6 pm.

In other matches Saturday, Dominican Republic crushed Dominica 14-0; Costa Rica drilled Belize 13-0, and Guyana trashed Suriname 6-0.

Following round-robin play involving 27 teams, the six group winners will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championship, joining the region’s top two ranked nations, the United States and Mexico.

The 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship is scheduled to take place from May 24 to June 3 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The eight-team competition will qualify its top three finishers (finalists and third-place match winner) for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

Smith, Rose net hat-tricks in Canada's 15-0 win

Olivia Smith and Nyah Rose scored hat-tricks as Canada started Group A of the Qualifiersg in style with a 15-0 win over Martinique at the Estadio Panamericano in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic on Friday.

Smith (50th, 65th, 85th) and Rose (63rd, 68th, 76th) were well supported by Annabelle Chukwu who bagged a brace (45th, 54th), while Thaea Mouratidis (4th’), Florianne Jourde (6th), Ella Ottey (11th), Jeneva Hernandez (22nd), Zoe Markesini (35th’), Rosa Maalouf (37th) and Jaime Perrault (40th), all added their names to the scoresheet.

Also in Group A which comprises five teams, El Salvador emerged as 2-1 winners versus Cuba to trail Canada on goal difference going into today's second round of matches. Dariella Lopez opened the scoring for El Salvador in the fifth minute, but they would have to wait until the 85th’ to get their second of the day, with Amy Angel converting a penalty, before Cuba pulled a goal back in the 88th through Sheila Vega, but El Salvador hung on for the 2-1 victory.

In Group B at the Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium in Willemstad, Curacao, Panama defeated Curacao 5-1 with the Canaleras getting two goals each from braces from Daniela Hincapie (13th, 40th) and Deysire Salazar (34th, 77th), plus a goal from Marisa Gross (47th), while Jeleaugh Rosa (59th) accounted for the lone Curacao score.

Action also kicked off in Group E at the Estadio Nacional in Managua, Nicaragua with Honduras hammering Bermuda 6-1 led by two goals from Susan Henriquez in the eighth and 34th minutes.

The quartet of Emory Sanchez (48th), Anyeli Rodriguez (52nd), Betsy Bu (56th), and Ariana Guevara (91st) also scored for Honduras while Sanaa Simmons (89th) tallied the goal for Bermuda.

The night ended with Jamaica winning 6-0 versus Anguilla. Davia Richards (1st), Dannique Wilson (15th), Destiny Powell (27th), Natoya Atkinson (29th), and Tiny Seaton (43rd) gave the Reggae Girls a 5-0 halftime lead before they tacked on another in the second half for the 6-0 final.

All teams in Group A, Group B, and Group E will all be back in action on Sunday.

At the Estadio Panamericano, Martinique will look for their first win against Friday winners El Salvador, while Saint Vincent and the Grenadines will make their tournament debut against Canada.

Panama will be out for their second win in Group B at the Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium in Willemstad, Curacao, against a Bahamas side playing in their first match of qualification.

The day in Group E at the Estadio Nacional in Managua sees Anguilla taking on a Honduran side looking for their second win, while Bermuda will be on the hunt for their first three points against Jamaica.

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T&T off to winning start at Concacaf U-20 Women's Qualifiers.
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).


A BRACE from Talia Martin helped the Trinidad and Tobago women’s Under-20 football team make a winning start in the Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Qualification tournament with a 3-0 victory over the Cayman Islands in Group D at the Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium, Willemstad, Curacao on Saturday.

Martin opened the scoring for T&T in the 22nd minute. She collected a pass on the left side, dribbled past a defender and beat the Cayman Islands goalkeeper on the near post from a tight angle.

T&T goal-keeper Sophia Keel was called into action in first-half stoppage time, pulling off a solid save to deny Cayman Islands scoring from a header. T&T held onto the 1-0 lead until half-time.

T&T put the match out of reach with two quick goals midway through the second half.

Nikita Jackson got her name on the score sheet after finding the back of the net in the 66th minute. After some neat footwork from Martin inside the box she took a shot from the right side and Jackson found herself in the perfect position to convert from two yards out at the far post.

Two minutes later Martin completed her brace with a goal in the 68th minute. Again she proved a handful for the Cayman Islands’ defence with her skill in the box, before firing a shot in the back of the net from another tight angle.

T&T coach Dernelle Mascall was satisfied with her team’s showing. “This being the first game at a Concacaf tournament for most of the girls I must commend their effort. They have been working diligently day in, day out and we stuck to the plan and it was a well-deserved victory. I could ask for more from the ladies.”

Mascall said the win will give her players confidence.

T&T will play Guadeloupe in their next match on Monday at Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium at 3 pm.

The top team in each of the six groups will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championships in the Dominican Republic kicking off on May 24.

The top three teams will qualify for the 2024 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-3-3): 21.Sophia Keel (GK); 2.Jeniecia Benjamin (captain), 17.Anastasia O’Brien, 3.Cicely-Anne Spencer-Wickham, 5.Kaitlyn Darwent; 8.Jessica Harragin, 6.Marley Walker, 10.Orielle Martin; 7.Talia Martin, 9.J’Eleisha Alexander, 15.Rasheda Archer.

Substitutes: 1.Mikaela Yearwood (GK), 20.Sadiel Antoine (GK), 4.Kanika Rodriguez, 11.Mariah Williams, 12.Nikita Jackson, 13.Athena Jackson, 14.Cherina Steele, 16.Carissa Cowan, 18.Shakira Charles, 19.Jada Graham.

Coach: Dernelle Mascall

Cayman Islands: 12.Safina Reid (GK), 2.Ashley Phinn-Bodden, 4.Isabella Romero, 3.Malia Hydes, 16.Nalani Swan, 5.Kiara Berry, 6.Siena Kelly, 8.Harper Nelson, 10.Molly Kehoe (captain), 17.Liana Williams, 9.Jehnique Russell.

Substitutes: 1.Naomi Wilson (GK), 21.Nailea Lebron, 7.Rio Windsor, 11.Amoya Burton, 13.Ciara Hernandez, 14.Estella Ridley, 15.Samira Mellaneo, 18.Taegen Williams, 19.Milanna Lamontagne, 20.Gileen MacDonald

Coach: Claudio Garcia

Referee: Amairany Garcia (Mexico)

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2023, 01:22:10 AM »
U-20 Women Warriors hunt second win.
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian).


Boosted by their 3-0 win over the Cayman Islands in their opening match in Group D of the Concacaf Women’s Under 20 qualifiers at Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium, Willemstad, Curacao on Saturday, T&T’s Under-20 women will go after a second win from as many matches when they face Guadeloupe from 3 pm on Monday at the same venue.

On Saturday, Talia Martin of Speyside High School scored a goal in each half, and USA-based Nikita Jackson of Keller High School in Texas, the other for T&T in their win while Guadeloupe was handed a 5-0 spanking by a stylish Puerto Rico line-up in the second match in the group.

The win for the Dernelle Mascall-coached young Women Warriors ended a four-match losing streak at the Concacaf Under-20 level for the women, dating back to the 2020 campaign when the Richard Hood-coached team was ousted 4-0 by Mexico in the quarterfinals after beating St Kitts and Nevis 7-0, and the Cayman Islands 2-0, and then losing 7-0 to Haiti in their round-robin group.

Back then, in the main draw round-of-16, T&T which had a best-ever finish of fourth in 2014 via a 7-3 loss in extra-time to Costa Rica in the third-place playoff after a 3-3 draw, and being ahead 3-1 in regulation-time, battled past Puerto Rico 5-4 on penalty-kicks following a 3-3 draw.

The last qualifying campaign in 2022 under the supervision of coach Jason Spence was a disastrous one for the U-20 Women Warriors as they suffered defeats against Canada (5-0), St Kitts and Nevis (7-2), and El Salvador (3-0) to finish bottom of the round-robin pool and failed to advance.

Following Monday’s matches, T&T and Puerto Rico are expected to meet on Wednesday (April 19) from 6 pm in the pool decider from which only the pool winner will join the five other group winners from the 27 participating teams, in the 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship, joining the region’s top two ranked nations, the USA, and Mexico.

The 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship is scheduled to take place from May 24 to June 3 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The eight-team competition will qualify its top three finishers (finalists and third-place match winner) for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

T&T U-20 women’s squad:

Goalkeepers: Sadiel Antoine (Holy Faith Convent Couva), Sophia Keel (South Torrance High School, California, USA), Mikaela Yearwood (St Joseph Convent POS)

Defenders: Jeniceia Benjamin (Tranquility Secondary), Sharika Charles (Scarborough Secondary), Kaitlyn Darwent (St Joseph Convent POS), Jada Graham (Mason Hall Secondary), Anastasia O’Brien (Tranquility Secondary), Kanika Rodriguez (St Augustine Secondary), Cicely-Ann Spencer-Wickham (St Robert Catholic High School, Ontario, Canada)

Midfielders: Rasheda Archer (South East Secondary), Carissa Cowan (Goodwood Secondary), Jessica Harragin (Holy Name Convent POS), Orielle Martin (Bishop Anstey East), Cherina Steele (Woodbrook Secondary), Marley Walker (James Island Charter High School, South Carolina, USA)

Forwards: J’eleisha Alexander (Scarborough Secondary), Athena Jackson (Keller High School, Texas, USA), Nikita Jackson (Keller High School, Texas, USA), Talia Martin (Speyside High School), Mariah Williams (Corpus Christi)

Technical staff: Dernelle Mascall (coach), Rajesh Latchoo (assistant coach), Ayana Russell (assistant coach/trainer), Kern Meloney (sport physiotherapist), Raquel Russell (eqiipment), Declan Squires (goalkeeper coach), Sgt Simone Edwards (manager), Kristin Fung (doctor).

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Coach Eve hoping for a successful CONCACAF Gold Cup run
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express).


Lofty goals

ANGUS EVE, Trinidad and Tobago senior men’s football team head coach, thinks the Soca Warriors have a lot to look forward to following Friday’s official draw for the 2023 edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup which takes place in the United States from June 24-July 16.

Eve believes T&T might have a rough passage through to what may be a favourable draw into the tournament itself. T&T will have to play a two-match qualifying round from June 16-20, before qualifying for the Gold Cup.

Should T&T progress after the qualifying phase, they will be placed in Group D, along with Canada, Guatemala and Cuba. “The group is a good group (that) we have the possibility of being drawn in, if we qualify,” said Eve. “A lot to look forward to.”

The route T&T embark on to the Gold Cup would be one which Eve has traversed before, having taken the Soca Warriors to the 2021 tournament as interim head-coach, following the dismissal of Englishman Terry Fenwick.

Eve got the Soca Warriors past Montserrat 6-1 and then French Guiana, via a penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw. In the Gold Cup preliminary round, T&T drew with Mexico (0-0) and Guatemala (1-1), but fell 2-0 to El Salvador. Eve was subsequently permanently appointed T&T head-coach.

This time around, the Soca Warriors face an opening match against Guadeloupe and, if successful, will need to defeat the winner between Guyana and Grenada for a spot in the CONCACAF Gold Cup main draw. Out of an opening round pot which also included St Lucia, St Kitts-Nevis, St Maarten, Puerto Rico and Grenada, the Soca Warriors drew Guadeloupe.

“We would have pulled the hardest team out of the possible six teams that we would have had to play. But it is competition football and you have to go with a positive mind and play whoever team you draw at that point in time,” Eve noted.

“We have to do our work from day one. It’s a little bit difficult in a sense that we will only have our players two days before the match” revealed Eve, adding, “But we will be doing our homework on Guadeloupe and the other two teams.”

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2023, 11:22:07 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago Women U-20s beat Guadeloupe 3-2, inch closer to Concacaf W Championship
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday)


A HAT-TRICK by J’eleisha Alexander gave the T&T Under-20 women’s footballers an exciting 3-2 victory over Guadeloupe in Group D of the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 qualification tournament at Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium in Curacao on Monday.

Alexander scored the first of her two penalties in the eighth minute to give T&T a 1-0 advantage.

In the 42nd minute, Guadeloupe found the equaliser when Laetitia Echard converted after a goal-mouth scramble. Echard’s first attempt struck the crossbar of T&T goal-keeper Sophia Keel and a follow-up was blocked by a T&T defender. The ball then fell to Echard who found the back of the net on this occasion as the teams were squared 1-1 at half-time.

In the 51st minute, Alexander was on target again from the penalty spot as T&T took a 2-1 lead.

Alexander completed her hat trick when in the 60th minute she tapped home a low cross as T&T went on top 3-1. Sergyna Loubli pulled a goal back for Guadeloupe from the penalty spot in the 84th minute after Keel committed a foul.

T&T thought they had relinquished the lead in stoppage time as Guadeloupe put the ball in the back of the net with a header. The celebrations for Guadeloupe were cut short as the goal was ruled offside. After a few more minutes of play the final whistle was blown as T&T clinched their second win in as many matches.

In their opening match on Saturday, T&T defeated the Cayman Islands 3-0 with two goals from Talia Martin and another from Nikita Jackson.

T&T will face Puerto Rico on Wednesday at 6 pm. Puerto have been impressive winning their matches 5-0 against Guadeloupe and getting past the Cayman Islands 6-1. T&T will need to defeat Puerto Rico to advance to the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Championships later this year.

The top team in each of the six groups will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championships in the Dominican Republic kicking off on May 24.

The top three teams at the championships will qualify for the 2024 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

TEAMS

Trinidad and Tobago: 21.Sophia Keel (GK), 19.Jada Graham, 17.Anastasia O’Brien, 3.Cicely-Anne Spencer-Wickham, 5.Kaitlyn Darwent, 14.Cherina Steele, 6.Marley Walker (captain), 10.Orielle Martin, 7.Talia Martin, 9.J’Eleisha Alexander, 11.Mariah Williams.

Substitutes: 1.Mikaela Yearwood (GK), 20.Sadiel Antoine (GK), 2.Jeniecia Benjamin, 4.Kanika Rodriguez, 8.Jessica Harragin, 12.Nikita Jackson, 13.Athena Jackson, 15.Rasheda Archer, 16.Carissa Cowan, 18.Shakira Charles.

Coach: Dernelle Mascall

Guadeloupe: 1.Léane Fouineau (GK), 3.Cléhame Assard, 5.Sarane Gustarimac (captain), 14.Horlane Coppry, 20.Cindy Tauliaut, 18.Léa Trefle, 17.Anaelle Jasmin, 13.Malika Moiret, 12.Kenza Valerie, 7.Laetitia Echard, 9.Elsa Marillat.

Substitutes: 16.Séphora Cabarrus (GK), 2.Lincy Morice, 4.Cynly Dyvrande, 6.Sergyna Loubli, 8.Kélise Baral, 10.Mallory Heynegen, 11.Mymithye Bironien, 15.Kellen Saint Marc, 19.Keycha Monchador.

Coach: Cédric Monpierre

Referee: Tatiana Guzman (Nicaragua)
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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #7 on: April 18, 2023, 06:24:12 PM »
Congrats and good luck against PR.

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #8 on: April 19, 2023, 01:34:23 AM »
Trinidad and Tobago U20s beat Guadeloupe 3-2, inch closer to Concacaf W Champs.
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).


A HAT-TRICK by J’eleisha Alexander gave the T&T Under-20 women’s footballers an exciting 3-2 victory over Guadeloupe in Group D of the Concacaf Women’s Under-20 qualification tournament at Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium in Curacao on Monday.

Alexander scored the first of her two penalties in the eighth minute to give T&T a 1-0 advantage.

In the 42nd minute, Guadeloupe found the equaliser when Laetitia Echard converted after a goal-mouth scramble. Echard’s first attempt struck the crossbar of TT goal-keeper Sophia Keel and a follow-up was blocked by a T&T defender. The ball then fell to Echard who found the back of the net on this occasion as the teams were squared 1-1 at half-time.

In the 51st minute, Alexander was on target again from the penalty spot as T&T took a 2-1 lead.

Alexander completed her hat trick when in the 60th minute she tapped home a low cross as T&T went on top 3-1. Sergyna Loubli pulled a goal back for Guadeloupe from the penalty spot in the 84th minute after Keel committed a foul.

T&T thought they had relinquished the lead in stoppage time as Guadeloupe put the ball in the back of the net with a header. The celebrations for Guadeloupe were cut short as the goal was ruled offside. After a few more minutes of play the final whistle was blown as TT clinched their second win in as many matches.

In their opening match on Saturday, T&T defeated the Cayman Islands 3-0 with two goals from Talia Martin and another from Nikita Jackson.

T&T will face Puerto Rico on Wednesday at 6 pm. Puerto have been impressive winning their matches 5-0 against Guadeloupe and getting past the Cayman Islands 6-1. T&T will need to defeat Puerto Rico to advance to the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Championships later this year.

The top team in each of the six groups will advance to the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championships in the Dominican Republic kicking off on May 24.

The top three teams at the championships will qualify for the 2024 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago: 21.Sophia Keel (GK), 19.Jada Graham, 17.Anastasia O’Brien, 3.Cicely-Anne Spencer-Wickham, 5.Kaitlyn Darwent, 14.Cherina Steele, 6.Marley Walker (captain), 10.Orielle Martin, 7.Talia Martin, 9.J’Eleisha Alexander, 11.Mariah Williams.

Substitutes: 1.Mikaela Yearwood (GK), 20.Sadiel Antoine (GK), 2.Jeniecia Benjamin, 4.Kanika Rodriguez, 8.Jessica Harragin, 12.Nikita Jackson, 13.Athena Jackson, 15.Rasheda Archer, 16.Carissa Cowan, 18.Shakira Charles.

Coach: Dernelle Mascall

Guadeloupe: 1.Léane Fouineau (GK), 3.Cléhame Assard, 5.Sarane Gustarimac (captain), 14.Horlane Coppry, 20.Cindy Tauliaut, 18.Léa Trefle, 17.Anaelle Jasmin, 13.Malika Moiret, 12.Kenza Valerie, 7.Laetitia Echard, 9.Elsa Marillat.

Substitutes: 16.Séphora Cabarrus (GK), 2.Lincy Morice, 4.Cynly Dyvrande, 6.Sergyna Loubli, 8.Kélise Baral, 10.Mallory Heynegen, 11.Mymithye Bironien, 15.Kellen Saint Marc, 19.Keycha Monchador.

Coach: Cédric Monpierre

Referee: Tatiana Guzman (Nicaragua)

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T&T U20 women footballers face Puerto Rico in must-win match.
By Jonathan Ramnanansingh (T&T Newsday).


Under-20 women’s football team are one win away from booking a spot in the 2023 Concacaf Women’s Under-20 Championships.

Victory is mandatory for the young Women Warriors on Wednesday as they gear up for their final Group D clash against an in-form Puerto Rico squad at the Rignaal Jean Francis Stadium in Curacao from 6pm (TT time).

Puerto Rico and T&T are tied atop the Group D standings on six points each, having both won their opening contests on Saturday and Monday respectively. T&T, however, are second since Puerto Rico hold a superior goal difference.

Only the winner of each group advances to the Concacaf Women’s U20 Championships. T&T need a win to seal qualification while a drawn result goes in favour of Puerto Rico.

There are six competing groups in the ongoing qualifiers. The six progressing teams join already qualified USA and Mexico.

The Concacaf tournament kicks off in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on May 24 to June 3. The eight-team competition will qualify its top three finishers (finalists and third-place match winner) for the 2024 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup.

On Saturday, T&T’s U20 women opened their qualifying campaign with a 3-0 triumph over the Cayman Islands. Two goals from Talia Martin and one from Nikita Jackson got them over the line.

And on Monday, a hat-trick from Tobagonian J’eleisha Alexander notched a 3-2 win over Guadeloupe to keep T&T’s U20 World Cup hopes alive.

However, Puerto Rico have shown more attack up front as they drubbed Guadeloupe 5-0 in their first fixture and then swept Puerto Rico 6-1 in the second.

Speaking after Monday’s victory, T&T U20 women’s head coach Dernelle Mascall said that despite Guadeloupe proving to be a physical test, her squad persisted and was successful in breaking them down.

“We predicted this one to be more challenging that the first mainly because Guadeloupe has some natural athletes who really are not afraid of the physical game.

“But we also knew that they were weak technically, so we planned to put the game out of their reach as early as possible. But we squandered a lot of chances which kept them in the game,” Mascall said.

She lauded the team’s all-around performance and anticipates another tough test against Puerto Rico.

“All in all, this one (Guadeloupe match) called for some grit and heart and in the end the girls had a desire for the result. We had Alexander who came up big for us. She is the best one we have, in terms of, finding the back of the net, and she came up big for us with a hat-trick.

“The girls showed a lot of character, and we got the desired results. I can’t stress enough of how proud I am of these girls.”

Group D will be decided on Wednesday, but other final-round matches continue daily until Saturday.

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #9 on: April 19, 2023, 04:57:06 PM »
We down 2 nil
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« Reply #10 on: April 19, 2023, 05:13:07 PM »
look like 3-0 down in the 53'

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« Reply #11 on: April 19, 2023, 05:16:54 PM »
if u could navigate these popups https://livetv.sx/enx/eventinfo/129977719_puerto_rico_u20_w_trin_and_tobago_u20_w/
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« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2023, 05:38:43 PM »
#7 bun and coach ent go take her off.

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« Reply #13 on: April 19, 2023, 05:44:03 PM »
Again how come we fall off so badly ?
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« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2023, 05:53:10 PM »
spoken like a fan 2026. we coulda probably tell after we squeak past Guadeloupe and PR waltz thru them, that we was in different leagues. I'd be interested in seeing the clubs/schools of this PR team. [my guess that ball not playing on the island].

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« Reply #15 on: April 20, 2023, 01:24:12 AM »
World Cup dream ends for Trinidad and Tobago U20 Women's team.
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).


THE Trinidad and Tobago Under-20 women’s footballers will not advance to the 2023 Concacaf Women’s Championships after losing 5-0 to Puerto Rico in the qualification tournament at the Rignaal Jean Francis Stadium in Curacao on Wednesday.

T&T needed to defeat Puerto Rico to finish first in Group D and advance to the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championships in the Dominican Republic, which kicks off on May 24.

The championships serve as a qualifier for the 2024 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup. T&T’s defeat to Puerto Rico now means this country’s World Cup dreams are over.

T&T kept the match goalless for 26 minutes, but two goals in three minutes put Puerto Rico in control. Kenedy Garcia opened the scoring in the 27th minute and Enasia Colon doubled the lead for Puerto Rico in the 30th minute, a lead they held onto until half-time.

Ashley McMahon gave Puerto Rico a commanding 3-0 advantage in the 51st minute as T&T’s chances of progressing to the Concacaf Championships looked grim. Colon got on to the score sheet again in the 76th and Garcia also netted her brace with an 82nd-minute strike.

A draw on Wednesday would have been enough for Puerto Rico to qualify as the group winners as they had a superior goal difference after the first two rounds.

Puerto Rico were the favourites heading into their clash against T&T as they were ruthless in their first two matches. Puerto Rico defeated Guadeloupe 5-0 and eased past the Cayman Islands 6-1. T&T were not as convincing getting past Cayman Islands 3-0 and holding on for a 3-2 win against Guadeloupe courtesy of a hat-trick from J’eleisha Alexander.

Most of the T&T Under-20 players will be eligible to play for the next few years as it is a young squad.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-3-3): 21.Sophia Keel (GK); 19.Jada Graham (7.Talia Martin 46), 17.Anastasia O’Brien, 3.Cicely-Anne Spencer-Wickham, 5.Kaitlyn Darwent (18.Shakira Charles 86); 6.Marley Walker (captain), 14.Cherina Steele, 16.Carissa Cowan (10.Orielle Martin 29); 2.Jeniecia Benjamin (4.Kanika Rodriguez 80), 12.Nikita Jackson (9.J’Eleisha Alexander 46), 15.Rasheda Archer.

Substitutes: 1.Mikaela Yearwood (GK), 20.Sadiel Antoine (GK), 8.Jessica Harragin, 11.Mariah Williams, 13.Athena Jackson,

Coach: Dernelle Mascall

Puerto Rico: 12.Isabel Ackerman (GK), 7.Jessica Torres (captain), 14.Gabriela Berrios, 19.Abigail Seawright, 2.Grace Burns, 15.Ashley McMahon, 16.Payton Quinones, 18.Susana Roberts, 9.Madison Krakower, 10.Kenedy Garcia, 17.Enasia Colon.

Substitutes: 1.Alondra Iriarte (GK), 3.Eva Anderson, 4.Erin Smith, 6.Sofia Colon-Gonzales, 8.Estefania Gonzales, 11.Fabiola Martinez, 13.Lisette Gregoris, 20.Jocelyn Chinea.

Coach: Wendy Espejel

Referee: Merlin Vanessa Soto (Honduras)

Concacaf U-20 Championship qualifiers - Group D

(Wednesday 19 April)

Trinidad and Tobago 0, Puerto Rico 5 (Kenedy Garcia [2], Enasia Colon [2], Ashley McMahon)

Guadeloupe 3, Cayman Islands 0

(Monday 17 April)

Trinidad and Tobago 3 (J’Eleisha Alexander 8 pen, 51 pen, 60), Guadeloupe 2 (Laetitia Echard 42, Sergyna Loubli 84 pen)

Puerto Rico 6 (Kenedy Garcia 9, 45+1, Madison Krakower 24, Payton Quinones 63, Susana Roberts 75, Lisette Gregoris 90+3), Cayman Islands 1 (Molly Kehoe 45+2)

(Sat 15 April)

Trinidad and Tobago 3 (Talia Martin 22, 68, Nikita Jackson 66), Cayman Islands 0

Puerto Rico 5 (Kenedy Garcia 12, Enasia Colon 40, Estefania Gonzales 52, Jocelyn Chinea 73, Fabiola Martinez 88), Guadeloupe 0

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #16 on: April 20, 2023, 06:02:34 AM »

P/Rico rout Trinidad and Tobago U-20 Women 5-0, as Mascall’s tactical gamble fails

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Trinidad and Tobago’s 2024 Women’s World Under-20 Cup campaign ended in Curaçao tonight, after just three matches.

The Women Soca Warriors needed a win over Puerto Rico to advance to the Concacaf Championship, but it wasn’t even close—as the ladies in red, white and black slumped to a 5-0 defeat at the Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium in Willemstad.

https://wired868.com/2023/04/19/p-rico-rout-trinidad-and-tobago-u-20-women-5-0-as-mascalls-tactical-gamble-fails/



Mascall selects eight players aged 15 and under in T&T Women’s U-20 squad for Concacaf qualifiers

Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-20 team head coach Dernelle Mascall leads a 21-member squad to Curaçao today as they prepare to launch their 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship at the qualifying stage.

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #17 on: April 20, 2023, 11:35:52 PM »
Kounty, the 1st five I look up born in US and ply in US clubs,1 LA FC. the 6 th born (Captain) in PR but plays NCAA (Creighton) and 7 th play in NCAA (Arizona).  I stopped there. I guess they don't have a problem with selecting foreign, especially as PR moving on, and not where they born or play.
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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #18 on: April 21, 2023, 01:29:37 AM »
Mascall believes in U-20 Women Warriors future.
By Nigel Simon (T&T Guardian).


National Under-20 women's football team coach and T&T international, Dernelle Mascall says she still believes in the future of the current team despite its failure to advance to the eight-team 2023 CONCACAF U-20 Championships from May 24 to June 3 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

This after the young Women Warriors went under to Puerto Rico 5-0 in their must-win Group D decider in the Concacaf Women’s U-20 qualifiers at Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium, Willemstad, Curacao on Wednesday night to end their dreams of reaching a first-ever FIFA Women’s U-20 World Cup.

For Puerto Rico, Kennedy Garcia (27th, 83rd) and Enasia Colon (31st, 76th) each had a brace, while Ashley McMahon (51st) added a score to pace the Boricuas to the victory.

With the defeat, T&T finished second in the four-team round-robin pool with six points after blanking the Cayman Islands 3-0, and Guadeloupe 3-2 in their previous two matches inspired by Speyside High School's Talia Martin two goals in the opener, and a hat trick from Scarborough Secondary's J'Eleisha Alexander, with a hat-trick.

However, against the Puerto Ricans, Martin skied a penalty kick in the 54th minute while Alexander, the 2022 Secondary School Girls Football League ‘Female Player of the Year’ was also kept quiet despite key central defender Maya Berndt, missing the match for the Spanish-speaking opponents, after she was red-carded in her team’s 6-1 win over the Cayman Islands on Monday night.

Speaking after her team's exit from the tournament which featured 27 teams in six groups from which only the group winners qualified for next month's Concacaf U-20 Championship, Mascall was quick to point out the attention given to the Puerto Ricans by their federation as being a key difference in both teams.

She said, "Puerto Rico has invested in the women's game and is now reaping their rewards so we must give them credit but tonight (Wednesday), fitness, maturity, and experience were the deciding factor for us in the end."

With only one day rest between matches, Mascall also admitted that the quick turn-around after their closely-fought encounter worked against them as well.

She stated, "I think the game versus Guadeloupe took a lot out of us as they were physical and they actually matched our athleticism in some parts of the park."

Despite not getting the desired result, the 34-year-old Mascall praised the work being done at the lower level and painted a positive outlook for the team.

"The reality is that the core of this team was taken from our High-Performance programme where we have Ayanna Russell, and Marlon Charles as the head coaches, and they have been doing a great job working with these youngsters.

"In addition to that, most of the players still have another shot at the youth (U-20 level), and nine players are also still eligible for the upcoming U-17 tournament. So, the experience and exposure they gained here (Curacao) at this tournament, it will really augur well for the future of the women's programme, and I strongly believe that with ample time for preparation, this group of players are the ones to put us back on the map in the women's game."

In their previous matches, the Puerto Ricans blanked Guadeloupe 5-0 on Saturday and then spanked the Cayman Islands 6-1 in their second match on Wednesday, and now join automatic qualifiers, USA and Mexico, as well as Group Winners Panama, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic in the Concacaf U-20 Championships.

The two remaining groups to be decided are Group A (El Salvador/Canada), and Group F (Costa Rica/Guatemala/Nicaragua) which will determine the final two nations who will compete for top spots (finalists and third-place match winner) for next year’s FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup.

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Under-20 women’s football coach Dernelle Mascall believes in squad’s future
By Jelani Beckles (T&T Newsday).


HEAD coach of the T&T Under-20 women’s football team Dernelle Mascall believes in her players although they were eliminated from the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Women’s qualification tournament. Mascall said this squad can put T&T back on the map in the sport.

T&T lost 5-0 to Puerto Rico in their final Group D match on Wednesday in Curacao. The defeat meant T&T did not qualify for the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Championships later this year. The championships would have given T&T an opportunity to qualify for the 2024 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup.

T&T won their first two matches of the qualification tournament before playing Puerto Rico. T&T eased past Cayman Islands 3-0 and then recorded a narrow 3-2 victory over Guadeloupe.

Mascall thanked the other coaches who were part of the preparation in the lead-up to the qualification tournament.

“The reality is the core of this team was taken from our high-performance programme where we have (coaches) Ayanna Russell and Marlon Charles. They have been doing a great job working with these youngsters,” Mascall told TT Football Association Media.

Most of the team will be around for years to come, said Mascall. “Most of the players here still have a shot at youth Under-20 level and nine players are still eligible for the upcoming Under-17 tournament.”

The T&T coach thinks her players have the ability to go far in the sport, but they need support. “The experience and exposure they gained here in this tournament I really think it augurs well for the future of the women’s programme and I strongly believe that with ample time for preparation, this group of players are the ones to put us back on the map in the women’s game.”

Mascall said Puerto Rico’s development of women’s football was one of the differences in the match.

“Puerto Rico has invested in the women’s game and they are now reaping the rewards so we must give them credit. Fitness, maturity and experience were the deciding factors for us in the end. The game versus Guadeloupe took a lot out of us. They were physical and they actually matched our athleticism in some parts of the park.”

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« Reply #19 on: April 21, 2023, 02:27:54 AM »
Pure EMBARRASSMENT,who coaching these girls/women,we were laughed at on Facebook by so many.A country like TT should not be losing 5-0 to any other Caribbean country including PRico.

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« Reply #20 on: April 21, 2023, 11:01:53 AM »
Thanx MaxG. and they get 7 from the US; really a waste of time for USWT to be involved at this stage. As Liburd hinting, Mascall gone back to the days where T&T coaches look us blank in the eye and speak all kinda shi!t except accept responsibility when squad selection to team selection to everything else was far below sub-par bordering on comical.

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #21 on: April 23, 2023, 05:41:47 AM »
Mascall credits P/Rico but fails to explain decision to bench T&T’s best U-20 women players.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-20 Team head coach Dernelle Mascall credited Puerto Rico for their strides in the women’s game, after they eliminated the Women Soca Warriors with a thumping 5-0 win yesterday in a 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Championship qualifier in Curaçao.

However, Mascall’s post-mortem of the team’s emphatic defeat failed to touch on her own tactical game plan—and, in particular, the coach’s decision to start their most important game without her best three players: J’Eleisha Alexander, Talia Martin, and Orielle Martin.

In two matches against Cayman Islands and Guadeloupe, Trinidad and Tobago scored six goals. Alexander got three of them, while Talia had two and created the other, which was converted by Nikita Jackson.

On the eve of their do-or-die game against Puerto Rico, Mascall described Alexander as her best finisher.

“Alexander came up big for us [against Guadeloupe],” Mascall told the TTFA Media. “She is the best one we have in terms of finding the back of the net and she came up big for us with a hattrick.”

Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) technical director Anton Corneal, who was also in Curaçao, was even more complimentary about the two Tobago teenagers.

“[Talia] has good skill—uncanny skill,” Corneal told Wired868. “Her confidence is above average and you want to encourage that and let her do what she likes doing.

“[…] Alexander is physically good and very direct… She is fast and strong and understands how to use her speed; and she kicks very well at goal.”

By their own assessment, it was a big decision to start the match without them. And by the time that Mascall got her best attacking players on the field for the start of the second half, the Women Soca Warriors were already trailing by two goals.

There is no suggestion Mascall tried to sabotage her own team. According to football sources, the hope was that Alexander, Talia and Orielle would come on to run at a tired Puerto Rico defence. (Trinidad and Tobago entered the match needing a win while Puerto Rico would have advanced with a draw.)

As it transpired, Trinidad and Tobago never got close to the opposing goal in the opening 45 minutes—and the only outcome was that Puerto Rico got a two-goal start.

The fact that the Spanish-speaking islanders extended their lead with Trinidad and Tobago’s best players on the field arguably implies that even the talented trio could not swing the game in favour of the two-island republic.

However, why does Mascall, as an international coach, not feel she owes the public any explanation regarding what she does on the job?

Should the lack of accountability at the helm of the local football body—in the shape of Fifa-appointed normalization committee chairman Robert Hadad—now be considered contagious?

Prior to the competition, Wired868 sent the following question to Mascall via assistant coach Rajesh Latchoo and then via the TTFA Media:

“Good day. I noticed a lot of new faces in the under-20 squad. Was that because girls on the former [National] Under-17 Team didn’t turn up? Or just [that the] new girls shone?”

Beyond an acknowledgement from Latchoo, Mascall never responded. Eventually Corneal did give some insight into the Women’s Under-20 Team—although he did not respond to our question about T&T’s starting XI for the Puerto Rico fixture either.

And now Mascall might have made history as the first national football coach to oversee an entire tournament without directly addressing the media even once.

Almost 24 hours after Trinidad and Tobago’s elimination, she read a prepared statement to the public via an audio note on the TTFA’s Facebook page.

“Puerto Rico have invested in the women’s game and are now reaping the rewards,” said Mascall. “We must give them the credit. Fitness, maturity and experience were the deciding factors for us in the end.”

The coach further hinted that the Women Warriors did not recover fully from their 3-2 win over Guadeloupe on Monday and might not have been at their physical peak against Puerto Rico.

She then credited National Under-15 coaches Ayana Russell and Marlon Charles for their development work with her young team and insisted they will do well in the future, once supported.

“Most of the players here still have another shot at the U-20 level and nine players are still eligible for the upcoming [Concacaf] U-17 tournament,” Mascall told the TTFA Media. “So the experience and exposure they gained here in this tournament augurs well for the future of the women’s programme.

“And I strongly believe that with ample time for preparation, this group of players are the ones to put us back on the map in the women’s game.”

From Angus Eve to Pep Guardiola, it is customary that coaches explain their decision-making to their team’s supporters via the independent media.

Mascall has so far denied Trinidad and Tobago football fans the chance to consider the merit of her tactical plan to take her team past Puerto Rico and into the 2023 Concacaf Under-20 Championship.

At this rate, the Warriors are not only struggling to hold their own on the field of play. They are also running the risk of alienating their remaining supporters as well.

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P/Rico rout Trinidad and Tobago U-20 Women 5-0, as Mascall’s tactical gamble fails.
By Lasana Liburd (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago’s 2024 Women’s World Under-20 Cup campaign ended in Curaçao tonight, after just three matches.

The Women Soca Warriors needed a win over Puerto Rico to advance to the Concacaf Championship, but it wasn’t even close—as the ladies in red, white and black slumped to a 5-0 defeat at the Rignaal Jean Francisca Stadium in Willemstad.

Remarkably, the final scoreline flattered Trinidad and Tobago—and was testimony to a fine performance by goalkeeper Sophia Keel.

Inevitably, any post-mortem of tonight’s game is bound to linger on coach Dernelle Mascall’s decision to start the match without her three best attacking players: forward J’Eleisha Alexander, flanker Talia Martin and playmaker Orielle Martin.

Alexander scored a hattrick in Trinidad and Tobago’s 3-2 win over Guadeloupe on Monday, Talia has two goals, an assist and won two penalties from two group matches so far, and Orielle has been the provider for most of their forays.

None of them started in tonight’s do-or-die contest and word from the camp was that the decision to use them from the bench was “tactical”.

Suffice to say that Mascall’s gamble did not reap the returns that anyone on the two island republic would have wanted.

It is also worth noting that Puerto Rico scored three times without conceding while Trinidad and Tobago had their best players on the field. On tonight’s evidence it is difficult to see any tactical swivel that might have hid the obvious, which was that the Spanish-speaking islanders simply possess the better team.

Technically solid, patient in possession, yet relentless in their offensive probing, Puerto Rico wasted no time taking control of the proceedings.

The Trinidad and Tobago technical staff hinted beforehand that a relative lack of athleticism might be the chink in their opponent’s armour. The big question was: how do we exploit it?

If Mascall’s thinking was to keep your most dynamic players on ice until the second period when Puerto Rican legs tired, the follow-up question might be: are your starting players good enough to extend the opposing backline?

There was nothing to suggest they were and the game was one-way traffic from kickoff, with Trinidad and Tobago’s makeshift offence virtually operating in a different time zone to Puerto Rico goalkeeper Isabel Ackerman.

The Women Soca Warriors defended competently at the start, as they doubled up against opponents on either flank. But the Puerto Ricans just kept coming, and the front-three of utility player Jeniecia Benjamin and attackers Nikita Jackson and Rasheda Archer could not keep the ball long enough for their defenders to catch their breath—let alone trouble the opposing backline.

The opening goal came in the 27th minute, as forward Kenedy Garcia scored off a right side corner that Trinidad and Tobago failed to clear. There was no question about whether they deserved their advantage.

Mascall responded by sending in Orielle for midfielder Carissa Cowan in the 29th minute. Yet, two minutes later, the lead was doubled.

Having manned the flanks so well for the first half hour, right back Jada Graham failed to stop a left side Puerto Rico cross and the resulting volleyed item by Enasia Colon was emphatic.

The score remained 2-0 at the interval and Mascall might have felt the situation was not irretrievable, as she finally introduced the Tobago duo of Alexander and Talia.

Five minutes later, the deficit rose to three. This time, Trinidad and Tobago could not deal with a cross from a free kick and midfielder Ashley McMahon neatly controlled on her chest before scoring a thumping volley.

In the 53rd minute, the Women Warriors finally managed their first goal attempt. The alert Orielle pinched the ball off an opposing defender and flicked to Alexander in one move and the forward had her legs taken from beneath her in the penalty box.

The loose ball rolled to Archer who hit a glorious chance over the bar.

Fortunately, or so it seemed at the time, Honduran referee Merlin Vanessa Soto decided to give Trinidad and Tobago a second bite at the cherry—as she pointed to the penalty spot for the initial trip on Alexander.

The Speyside High Secondary forward scored two penalties against Guadeloupe on Monday, but her effort from the spot this evening sailed into the evening sky. And Trinidad and Tobago were really in trouble now.

In the 65th minute, Puerto Rico coach Wendy Espejel changed goalkeepers as Alondra Iriarte replaced Ackerman. It is hard not to see that as a sign that they felt the game was up.

Even more infuriating is that she was right. And worse? Neither Puerto Rico goalkeeper was tested over 90 minutes.

If Puerto Rico intended to cruise to the final whistle, nobody passed the memo on to Colon. In the 75th minute, the winger scored the goal of the match as she dribbled Benjamin, Cicely-Anne Spencer-Wickham (twice!), Anastasia O’Brien and captain Marley Walker in an outrageous display of skill.

By then, the Trinidad and Tobago defenders were worn out by the quick ball movement and attacking ambition of their opponents. They certainly had no need for super subs.

The Women Warriors had lost all shape by now. Stocky Puerto Rican forward Garcia was merciless though, as she added a fifth goal with a looping header off a right side cross in the 82nd minute—the fourth item to come off a cross.

More than half of Mascall’s players are eligible to represent Trinidad and Tobago at Concacaf Under-17 level later this year—Orielle and left back Kaitlyn Darwent are just 14-years-old.

They are likely to have many more battles to come in the international arena. But tonight was a chastening experience.

Whisper it, but only the likes of the United States and Canada could serve out these kinds of spankings to Trinidad and Tobago in yesteryear.

However, in the last 16 months, the Warriors have conceded five or more goals on seven occasions—against Mexico (10-0) and Panama (5-1) at Women’s U-20 level, Canada (5-0) and St Kitts and Nevis (7-2) at Women’s U-17 level, Mexico (5-0) at Men’s U-20 level, Canada (7-0) at Women’s Senior level and Bolivia (5-0) in a men’s friendly.

There is no easy path to respectability from here for the TTFA, as Trinidad and Tobago attempts to rebuild its football reputation.

Whether or not we have even started in earnest depends on who you to talk to—despite the flashes of talent and application by our youth teams in not only Curaçao but at the Men’s Concacaf Under-17 tournament in Guatemala this February.

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Re: 2023 Concacaf Women’s U-20 Championship Thread
« Reply #22 on: April 23, 2023, 07:22:26 AM »
Is Mascall related to Max Mascall who used to play for Malvern and the DF ?

 

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