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Soca Princesses tackle Reggae Girls in final
This country’s Soca Princesses will be hoping to follow in the foot steps of their Under-17 counterparts and become Caribbean Football Union champions, when they tackle hosts Jamaica in the U-20 final at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex, Kingston from 6 pm. This after both teams won their CFU Second Round semifinal matches at the same venue on Friday night to guarantee themselves a place in the eight-team Concacaf Under-20 Championships scheduled for January 9 to 19 in Cayman Islands next year from which three teams will qualify for the 2014 Under-20 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada in July.
Already assured of places in the Cayman Islands qualifiers are USA, Mexico, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala. In Friday’s opener, the first clash between English-speaking and Spanish-speaking teams on the night, the Anique Walker-captained Soca Princess battled past Dominican Republic 2-1. Inform Patrice Campbell opening the scoring in the 13th minute for the Soca Princesses who defeated Dominican Republic 3-0 in Santo Domingo in the First Round qualifiers in July. However, Dominican Republic, after coming close in the 36th minute eventually drew level a minute before then half-time whistle through Yaqueisi Nunez Soriano, past goalkeeper Tenesha Palmer.
With the commencement of the second half, the pace and physical nature of the game increased, as both teams tried to force the winning goal. T&T was then handed a player advantage when Dominican Republic’s Franyeli German was issued witha straight red card by Referee Carline Willis. The Soca Princesses then stepped up the pressure and got quick reward when 2010 Fifa U-17 World Cup starlet, Khadisha Debesette, half of a twin scored to put her team 2-1 ahead after which Dominican Republic never recovered. The second semifinal, was much more of a breeze for the Reggae Girlz, who dispatched rivals Cuba 5-1 to set up the meeting with the Soca Princesses.
Khadija Shaw headed the hosts in front after 18th minutes, and, two minutes later, Kayla Gray beat goalkeeper Monica Padilla at the far post to double the lead which they took into the interval.
Though Cuba increased the pace and intensity of the game in search of goals, Orsay Lawes increased Jamaica’s lead in the 64th minute, but six minutes later, the tournament’s leading scorer, Yoanna Calderon capitalised on a goalkeeping error in the 70th minute, to reduced the deficit. But the Jamaicans were in no mood to allow the visitors to get any closer and added two more goals through, Gray in the 78th and two minutes into added on time to complete her hat-trick. Prior to the final between Jamaica and T&T, Cuba and Dominican Republic will meet in the all important third placed playoff which will earn the winner, the final CFU spot to the Concacaf finals.
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