T&T will go into its final match against Suriname in
the Caribbean Womens 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 Womens 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 Welchs
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 Grenadas 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 evenings 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.