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T&T women whip Venezuela 5-0
T&T’s senior national women’s team left a good first impression on newly appointed head coach Randy Waldrum after it eased to a 5-0 victory over Venezuela at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Sunday.
Waldrum arrived in T&T on Sunday to witness the match and before departing yesterday. He will take up duties at the training camp in Houston later this month.
T&T played a Venezuelan outfit, which included six members of the team which placed fourth at the 2014 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup. In the line-up for the South Americans were Gabriela Garcia and Deyna Castellanos, both of whom both shared the golden boot award at the finals with six goals each.
Despite the presence of the U-17 stars, T&T captain Maylee Attin-Johnson proved to be up to the test and took control of the match from early on.
US-based forward Kennya Cordner who arrived home on the weekend to join the squad, put T&T ahead with a clinical finish in the 11th minute after being sent clear on goal by Attin-Johnson. That would be her first of three goals as she added further items in the 56th and 90th minutes.
T&T lost Kerri Myers, the starting goalkeeper through injury in the 14th minute, but Tenesia Palmer proved to be an able replacement with a few composed saves later in the match, the first to a low effort by Milagros Mendoza in the 18th minute.
Cordner should have doubled T&T’s advantage just before half time but dragged her right footer wide of the upright following another fine delivery by St Louis. The visitors were comfortable 9-0 winners over a Women’s League Football (Wolf) Eleven on Friday but found the senior T&T women’s team much more capable opponents on Sunday.
They did manage a few opportunities on goal but nothing to trouble the hosts.
Shenelle Henry turned provider for two of T&T’s second half goals by Jo Marie Lewis and Cordner in the 52nd and 56th minutes, respectively. St Louis converted a 65th minute penalty and Cordner completed her hat-trick in the third minute of added on time.