Monday 18th February, 2008


Double for T&T’s Scotland as Swans remain unbeaten

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Host T&T will go into its final match against Suriname in the Caribbean Women’s Under-17 First Round Group B Qualification at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya from 7 pm tonight, needing only a draw to advance to the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship later this year.

This after, T&T led by four goals (4-0) to overcome a stubborn Grenada team on Saturday night, at the same venue in its second match to lead the four-team table with maximum six points from two matches after crushing St Kitts/Nevis 6-0 in its opener on Thursday.

Suriname, who battled to a 2-2 with Grenada in its first outing edged St Kitts/Nevis 2-1 in the first match on Saturday to keep its hope of qualification alive.

T&T ran all over the Grenadians with nearly the entire match being played in the Grenadian half of the field. The Young Soca Princesses scored once in the first half and three times in the second half much to the delight of the local supporters that braved inclement weather to cheer on the young ladies at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Macoya.

T&T pressed forward from the opening whistle Grenada goal keeper, Blossom Mark, was kept very active as there was little respite between attacks. Tanieka Welch’s right side shot went just wide of the left upright in the ninth minute, and Karyn Forbes’ blast from the top of the “D” was narrowly off the mark in the 13th. Buoyed by a loud cheering section, T&T poured forward. But overzealousness and poor shot selection kept the score sheets blank as the Grenadians soaked up the pressure.

In the 44th minute a deft pass from Elizabeth Ng Wai released Moriah Shade on the right side of the penalty area, Shade drew two defenders before squaring the ball to Afiyah Matthias on the left, Matthias collected the ball in space picked her spot and side footed home to make it 1-0. That was the score at the interval.

T&T came out intent on a knockout in the second half. Almost straight from the kickoff, Ng Wai and Shade set up camp on the edge of Grenada’s 18 yard box. The duo weave through the defense and created two clear chances only to be snuffed out by madcap defending. Three minutes into the half Ng Wai again found Shade on the right side of the penalty area, this time Shade blasted her shot past the outstretched arms of Mark, 2-0 T&T.

T&T laid siege to the Grenada goal, in the 56th minute Ng Wai scored her second goal in as many matches. Ng Wai was picked out by Sharice Arthur on top the penalty area. Amid three defenders, the diminutive T&T striker beat the goal keeper with a fall away shot to make it 3-0.

Jonelle Warrick, substituted for Welch in the 65th minute, hit the side netting from a right side build up in the 71st minute. However she was on target 4 minutes later as she followed up on a left side blast from Shade. Blossom Mark could only parry the missile, Warrick pounced on the ball and poked it home to round out the scoring, 4-0 T&T.

In the evening’s first match Suriname beat St Kitts/ Nevis 2-1. Cynthia Sital and Manouska Dompig scored for Suriname. Tanirah Browne pulled notched the lone item for St Kitts/Nevis in injury time.

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