The Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 football team opened its Chile 2015 World Youth Cup qualifying campaign with a handy 2-0 win over Grenada yesterday evening at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia.
Defender Tekay Hoyce put the young “Soca Warriors” ahead after just four minutes before striker Dereem Daniel grabbed the insurance item in the 64th minute. Hoyce represents St Ann’s Rangers in the Pro League youth competition while Daniel is a San Juan Jabloteh player.
The Warriors finished second in their group after yesterday’s opening results though as host team St Lucia downed Curacao 4-2.
Cooper, who steered Trinidad and Tobago to the knockout stage of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship last year, was assisted by national head coach Stephen Hart yesterday who will deputise for the unavailable Ross Russell.
The under-17 coach had a mixed reaction to yesterday’s result as he attempts to clinch the sole automatic berth from the group.
“We played well below our full potential,” Cooper told Wired868, “but we scored two goals from off the training field, which was satisfying.”
Trinidad and Tobago will take the field again on Friday evening when the Warriors face Curacao from 6 pm while St Lucia tackles Grenada from 8 pm.
Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 squad:
Goalkeepers: Enrique Changiah (W Connection), Levi Fernandez (Point Fortin Civic);
Defenders: Isaiah Garcia, Kierron Mason, Shirwin Noel, Keston Julien (all W Connection), Matthaeus Granger, Tekay Hoyce, Travell Edwards (all St Ann’s Rangers), Kendell Charles (San Juan Jabloteh);
Midfielders: Kareem Riley, Nate Brooks, Shobal Celestine (all W Connection), John-Paul Rochford (FC Santa Rosa), Shakhun Hanley, Jesse Joseph (both San Juan Jabloteh), Shakeem Patrick (St Ann’s Rangers);
Forwards: Dereem Daniel, Jeankeon Alexander (both San Juan Jabloteh), Anthony Herbert (W Connection).
Technical staff: Shawn Cooper (head coach), Christopher Gouveia (manager), Stephen Hart (assistant coach), Gilbert Bateau (trainer), Ian Dore (therapist), Devin Elcock (equipment manager).
CFU Group Two results
Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Tekay Hoyce 4, Dereem Daniel 64), Grenada 0 at the Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia
St Lucia 4, Curacao 2 at the Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia
Curacao vs Trinidad and Tobago, 6 pm;
St. Lucia vs Grenada, 8 pm;
Grenada vs Curacao, 6 pm;
St. Lucia vs Trinidad & Tobago, 8 pm.