T&T's Under-14 girls team will resume training following the their participation at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) U-14 Girls Challenge Series which ended on Tuesday night at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Balmain, Couva.
The T&T girls won two matches convincingly against Grenada and Suriname, before losing to Cuba 2-1 on the final matchday to finish runners up in Group 5 behind Cuba.
Coach Marlon Charles said preparations will continue later this month for the CONCACAF U-15 Girls Championship next year.
“Overall it was a good exercise for us and I was particularly pleased with the way the girls took on the challenge of playing their first set of games in front of the public. When you see a set of young players giving everything for their country on the field of play it leaves you with a sense of satisfaction and encouragement of what there is to look forward to,” Charles said.
“These girls have shown me the hunger and desire to do well for the country, to get back up no matter what the score in the game is, as they showed in the second half against Cuba. I cannot fault them for the effort they gave after going behind 2-1. There is a lot of work to be done still but it’s a process and the good thing for us is that we are seeing good signs and a willingness to work and improve. This augers well for us. The development part is the main thing at this stage and we are seeing some form of progress,” Charles added.
Prolific scorer Breana Smith scored six goals in her first two matches, and yesterday said she was delighted with the opportunity to represent her country.
“It was an unbelievable experience. It was a dream come true for me to come on the field and score five goals in my first game. I would like to thank my coach Marlon Charles and Keron Hinds because I was always one of those players in the back of the squad and they started to push me and things started to get easier for me. They helped give me that belief that I could go out and do something."
She noted, “We have a style of play that involved a lot of ball possession and I think that was important for us to understand.”
“It was an amazing experience being able to wear the colours of T&T and even greater to score for the team. I had been to Trinidad before but I didn’t know what to expect this time because it was my first time playing with the team in a tournament. But I came in and it was just a great period."
“I just love playing for T&T. I want to continue playing and being part of this amazing experience with everyone. I know there’s more work for us to do as a team but I’m looking forward to every bit of it,” Smith said.