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Jamaica, Haiti book Concacaf women’s spot

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
Diana Aponte, left, of Puerto Rico cuts out the goalward run of Haiti’s Manoucheka Pierre-Louis in their Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Cup Group A encounter at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva on Thursday night. Haiti won 4-0. Photo: Anthony Harris

Jamaica and Haiti will go after a spot in Tuesday’s final of the inaugural Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Cup when they lock horns in the Group A decider at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva from 7.15 pm tonight.

This after the duo won their second match on the trot at the same venue on Thursday night to improve maximum six points each and secure two of the four places available to the Concacaf Women’s Final ine the USA from October 16 to 26 from where the top three teams will qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women’s World Cup in Canada.

The fourth placed Concacaf team have another chance to qualify for Canada, but will need to overcome the third placed South American finisher in a home-and-away playoff. In the opener, the “Reggae Girls” followed up their 4-1 whipping of Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with an emphatic 9-1 demolition of Bermuda led by a beaver-trick from Shakira Duncan to take her tally to six in two matches.

Duncan found the target in the 32nd, 45th, 47th and 76th minute after Donnakay Henry (fifth), and Alicia Wilson (28th) had fired the team into a 2-0 lead. In the second-half, Jamaica added goals through Venicia Reid (78th), Henry (92nd) and an own-goal from Keunna Dill while Shuntae Todd got Bermuda’s lone item in the 70th, her second from as many matches.

The Haitians were never troubled and got goals from Yvrose Gervil in the 9th, Kencia Marshall in the 47th, Samantha Brand in the 75th and Marie Yves Dina Jean Pierre in the 79th. Going into today’s match, the Jamaicans lead the four-team pool on goal-difference from the Haitians and only need a draw to book a spot in the final to be played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo from 7.15 pm while the group runner-up will contest the third placed match at thes same venue from 5 pm.

Last night at Mucurapo in Group B, St Kitts/Nevis faced Martinique and host T&T tackled Antigua & Barbuda in their second matches, while round-robin play will conclude on Sunday in the group from 4pm with St Kitts/Nevis facing Antigua & Barbuda followed by T&T and Martinique in a potential  group decider at 6.15 pm.

The top teams will meet in the final on Tuesday August 26 at Mucurapo from 7.15 pm while the second placed teams in each group face off for third at 5pm, with all four certain of qualification to the Concacaf tournament.

Already through to the Concacaf Final Round are host USA and Mexico, who both received byes where they will be joined by Costa Rica and Guatemala, the winner and runner-up of Central America qualifying. 

Admission to the CFU matches for each match day is $20 while Tuesday’s double-header will be $50.

Current Standings
Teams    P    W    D    L    F    A    Pts
Jamaica    2    2    0    0    13    2    6
Haiti    2    2    0    0    9    1    6
P/Rico    2    0    0    2    1    8    0
Bermuda    2    0    0    2    2    14    0