• Tuesday Oct 01, 2013

    Tactics take Trinidad U17 women to CONCACAF finals

    Trinidad & Tobago lifts the Caribbean Football Union Women's Under-17 Tournament championship trophy after defeating Haiti 1-0 in the final on September 29, 2013, at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. (Photo: Yonel Louis)

     

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti – The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Under-17 Tournament final on Sunday was a strategic battle asserted Marlon Charles, head coach of champion Trinidad & Tobago.

    A goal late in the first half by Summer Arjoon, the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, lifted the young Soca Princesses to a 1-0 win over host Haiti on Sunday.

    “The game came down to tactics and being a goal ahead I wanted to preserve that lead,” said Charles after the game.  “I had a lot of confidence in my defenders and the way they were cutting out the spaces in the midfield.”

    Trinidad’s game plan focused on stopping the attacking pair of Batcheba Louis and Isnada Lebrun.  The dangerous duo combined to net 26 of Haiti’s 32 goals in the competition, before being shut down in the championship match.

    Once the Trinidadians grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 40th minute, they concentrated more on preventing rather than scoring goals.

    “I cannot say if my plan would have changed had Haiti scored, but they didn’t so it’s safe to say that it worked,” added Charles, who also praised the host.  “I must also thank Haiti for a good game and they played well to reach to the finals.”

    Haiti head coach James Morisset applauded Trinidad for its efforts and looked forward optimistically.

    “We learnt a lot from this game and it has prepared us well for the CONCACAF Under-17 qualifiers,” he noted.  “And, who knows, maybe we will meet Trinidad again for a rematch.”

    As a result of reaching the final, Trinidad and Haiti also qualified for the 2013 CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship, which will take place October 30 - November 9 in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

     

    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO

    Overall CFU Finals Record:  GP – 5; W – 4; D – 0; L – 1; GF – 20; GA – 3

     

    RESULTS

    Group B (2nd place)

    10-0 win v Grenada

    0-1 loss v Bermuda

    5-1 win v Dominican Republic

     

    Semifinals

    4-1 win v Puerto Rico

     

    Final

    1-0 win v Haiti

     

    GOALSCORERS

    Six

    Zoe Swift

    Four

    Corel Carmichael

    Three

    Summer Arjoon 

    Two

    Khaline Jacob

    Maya Mack

    One

    Chevonne John

    Dennecia Prince

     

    HAITI

    Overall CFU Finals Record:  GP – 5; W – 3; D – 0; L – 2; GF – 32; GA – 3

     

    RESULTS

    Group B (2nd place)

    6-0 win v Antigua & Barbuda

    22-0 win v U.S. Virgin Islands

    0-2 loss v Puerto Rico

     

    Semifinals

    4-0 win Bermuda

     

    Final

    0-1 loss v Trinidad & Tobago

     

     

    GOALSCORERS

    Fifteen

    Batcheba Louis

    Eleven

    Isnada Lebrun

    Three

    Rudena Pallor

    Two

    Sherly Jeudy

    One

    Verlene Estime

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