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
Group B (2nd place)
10-0 win v Grenada
0-1 loss v Bermuda
5-1 win v Dominican Republic
4-1 win v Puerto Rico
1-0 win v Haiti
Overall CFU Finals Record: GP – 5; W – 3; D – 0; L – 2; GF – 32; GA – 3
Group B (2nd place)
6-0 win v Antigua & Barbuda
22-0 win v U.S. Virgin Islands
0-2 loss v Puerto Rico
4-0 win Bermuda
0-1 loss v Trinidad & Tobago