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T&T, St Kitts showdown
T&T Women braces for a virtual final showdown with St Kitts/Nevis from 6:30 pm this evening at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, as the race for the top qualifying spot from Group C of the CONCACAF Caribbean Women's World Cup Qualifiers heats up.
T&T leads the group by a superior goal difference over St Kitts/Nevis, but this afternoon the two teams will settle the score and maybe determine the team that will go through to the next CONCACAF qualifiers.
Yesterday T&T national coach Jamaal Shabazz said, "What Allah has written for us, will come to pass, but we will give our everything this evening as this game means a lot to us."
The T&T women thrashed USVI 10-0 in their opening match Saturday and followed that up with a hard-fought 3-0 triumph over Dominica on Monday. The wins have lifted the confidence level in the T&T team, but Shabazz will be careful his troops do not become too cocky for the match.
"We are expecting a very even contest, and our girls are excited about it, as they are aware of the importance of the game and what it means to them. St Kitts/Nevis, I think, have a very good programme, but on the other hand, the game will provide a good opportunity for us to re-establish ourselves in the CFU," Shabazz explained. He assured, "We will be confident but certainly not cocky."
St Kitts/Nevis have also scored big in their two matches to date, first edging Dominica 2-1 Saturday before hammering Grenada 10-0 on Wednesday.
Today's late encounter will be the feature contest of a double-header which will be preceded by another clash between Grenada and Dominica from 4 pm.
On Wednesday the Dominicans got their first victory of the tournament by thrashing USVI 3-0 in the late game at 6:30 pm, courtesy of a double strike from speedy forward Romeicia Phillips. Coach Rajesh Latchoo's girls went into all-out attack from the start and were rewarded in the 21st minute when Keanna Francis headed in a left side cross from striker Romeicia Phillips.
Afterwards, it was all Phillips, first slotting the ball past an onrushing goalkeeper Levania Lawrence while on a break in the 49th minute. And later the lanky Phillips galloped past the USVI defence before skilfully chipping the ball into the vacant left corner of Lawrence's nets in the 88th minute to complete the win.
TTeams P W D L F A GD Pts
T&T 2 2 0 0 13 0 13 6
St Kitts/Nevis 2 2 0 0 12 1 11 6
Dominica 3 1 0 2 4 5 -1 3
USVI 3 1 0 2 3 13 -10 3
Grenada 2 0 0 2 0 13 -13 0
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