T&T Women Warriors will be going all out to score as many goals as possible when they meet cellar-placed Antigua and Barbuda in their second match at the Women’s Caribbean Football Union Final Round Qualifiers to the CONCACAF Final Round of World Cup qualification today.
The match, the first of a double-header kicks off at Independence Park, National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica from 4 pm, and will be followed by a clash between Cuba and Bermuda.
Currently, host Jamaica tops the five-team standings with maximum six points while T&T and Cuba are next with three points each, followed by Bermuda and Antigua and Barbuda, both without a point.
Speaking on Monday, T&T interim women’s team coach Anton Corneal said he wants another victory to add to the 3-2 triumph over Cuba on Saturday courtesy of a hat-trick by Kayla Taylor.
“Kayla brought a different ingredient to the team. Her composure and her ability to finish showed up in our first game. We were able to capitalise on chances that came our way and she finished the job for us,” Corneal said.
Looking back at the game, Corneal noted that Cuba did have T&T on the back-foot for some periods in the match.
“ We had to defend in long periods and we did that well. I thought we were not able to really play as a team as well as we would have wanted to and this would have been due to our lack of sufficient preparation. But we were able to put in a couple players into the game who were carrying niggling injuries and they came through which is a plus for us,” Corneal said
He said, “Now we had a bye on Monday so we used the extra time to prepare for Antigua and Barbuda. I told them about the importance of starting with a win versus Cuba and the need to pick our matches and knowing our opponents. Not that any game is a given but knowing exactly the things we needed have done correctly in relation to the opponent as well was important for us.”
T&T will be strengthened with the inclusion of overseas-based trio Lauryn Hutchinson, Naomie Guerra and striker, Kennya “Yaya” Cordner.
On completion of the CFU Final Round qualifiers, the top three teams will advance to the CONCACAF Final Round qualifiers along two qualifiers from Central America.
The trio of USA, Mexico and Canada are automatic qualifiers to the final round of eight teams.
The Central American qualifiers kicked off on Monday night with Panama beating Nicaragua 4-0 and Costa Rica crushing El Salvador 11-0.
It continues today with El Salvador facing Panama and Costa Rica against Nicaragua before Friday’s final round double-header featuring Costa Rica and Panama, followed by El Salvador and Nicaragua.
USA will welcome the region’s top women’s national teams for the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which will crown a regional champion and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women’s World Cup France 2019, plus the fourth-place finisher to an intercontinental playoff.
The Concacaf Women’s Championship is scheduled to be played October 4-17, 2018 in Texas, USA.
Current Team Standings
Antigua & Barbuda*2*0*0*2*0*16*0
T&T vs Antigua & Barbuda, 4pm
Cuba vs Bermuda, 7pm
Antigua & Barbuda vs Bermuda, 4pm
T&T vs Jamaica, 7pm
Bermuda vs T&T, 3 pm
Jamaica vs Cuba, 6pm