The Trinidad and Tobago national under-17 team will face its first major test of character tomorrow evening at the Beausejour Stadium in St Lucia when the young “Soca Warriors” kick off against host nation St Lucia in a vital Chile 2015 Under-17 World Cup qualifier.
At present, Trinidad and Tobago is second in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) preliminary round group and needs a win to grab the sole automatic qualifying berth.
The group winner advances to the Caribbean Final round in Haiti next month along with the top two second placed teams from the four preliminary groups. The CONCACAF Finals takes place in San Pedro Sula, Honduras in February.
Yesterday evening, the teenaged Warriors maintained their 100 percent record with a 2-0 win over Curacao.
Kierron Mason, a W Connection defender, put Trinidad and Tobago ahead from the penalty spot in first half stoppage time after a foul on his club teammate Anthony Herbert. T&T coach Shawn Cooper identified Herbert as one of the tournament’s outstanding players so far.
Another Connection player, Shobal Celestine, doubled Trinidad and Tobago’s advantage in the second half. There are nine Connection players in Cooper’s 20-man squad.
In the second match, the St Lucian team, which was described as fast and direct by the Trinidad and Tobago technical staff, built on its opening 4-2 win over Curacao with a 4-0 romp against Grenada.
St Lucia has scored eight goals in two matches and enjoys a goal difference of plus six while Trinidad and Tobago has scored four times without conceding for a plus four differential.
The Warriors must silence St Lucia’s football fans and their high scoring team tomorrow.
CFU Group Two results
(Wed Aug 20)
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
(Fri Aug 22)
Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Kierron Mason 45 pen, Shobal Celestine), Curacao 0 at the Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia
St. Lucia 4, Grenada 0 at the Beausejour Stadium, St Lucia
(Sun Aug 24)
Grenada vs Curacao, 6 pm;
St. Lucia vs Trinidad & Tobago, 8 pm.