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T&T U-17 women take CFU crown
Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-17 women captured the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) title following a hard fought 1–0 victory over host Haiti at the Sylvio Cator Stadium, Port-au-Prince, on Sunday.
Haiti took the attack to the T&T Soca Princesses from the opening whistle, much to the delight of the boisterous crowd which came armed with musical instruments and dancers.
T&T, on the other hand started cautiously, playing special attention to Haitian playmaker Isnada Lebrun and tournament leading goal scorer Batcheba Louis, as they completely marked them out in the first half.
The fixture’s first and only goal came in the 40th minute, started by midfielder Chevonne John who maintained her balance after bypassing her marker, and relayed the ball to Zoe Swift who then found an open Shanelle Arjoon in the penalty area and she hit past goalkeeper Jonie Gabriel to give T&T the lead.
Haiti stepped up their attack in the second half and T&T goalie Nicolette Craig did well to push a well placed shot from Sherly Jeudy over the upright in the 55th minute.
The Soca Princesses then reverted to a full defensive style of play by the 60th minute with one striker. The midfield dropped back to assist the defence in keeping out Louis and her fellow midfielders who liked to operate on the flanks.
A risky tactic which paid off for Trinidad coach Marlon Charles, and after some near misses he leapt into the air at the sound of the final whistle.
“The game came down to tactics and being a goal ahead, I wanted to preserve that lead. I had a lot of confidence in my defenders and the way they were cutting out the spaces in the midfield. I cannot say if my plan would have changed had Haiti scored, but they didn’t so it’s safe to say that it worked.”
Most valuable player of the tournament Shanelle Arjoon, who scored the match-winning goal, spoke at the podium and thanked the people of Haiti for their hospitality and support throughout the competition.
Haiti’s coach James Morisset applauded T&T and said his team will now prepare for the CONCACAF qualifiers.
“We learnt a lot from this match and it has prepared us well for the CONCACAF Under-17 qualifiers and, who knows, maybe we will meet Trinidad again for a rematch,” he said.
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