Trinidad and Tobago ran riot again in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys Under-14 National Under-14 this evening, as they whipped Bonaire 11-1 in their second outing of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Boys’ Under 14 Challenge Series.
On Saturday evening, Abdul-Quddoos Hypolite scored twice as the young Soca Warriors put eight goals past Guyana without reply. Yesterday, winger Nathaniel James led the scorers in red, white and black with a beaver trick while Ja-Shawn Thomas and Dantaye Gilbert had three and two goals respectively and skipper Jaheim Marshall and substitute Jaheim Faustin also chipped in a goal apiece.
Faustin is the son of former Strike Squad standout, Marvin Faustin.
Bonaire actually opened the scoring in the fifth minute, through Curty-Son Piard. But that must have felt like a lifetime ago by the time the 70-minute contest was over.
Trinidad and Tobago trailed for just four minutes before James equalised with a solo effort and then put the young Warriors ahead in first half stoppage time.
It was all T&T after the interval, though, as a 11-minute hattrick by the lanky Thomas—in the 38th, 41st and 49th minutes—put Bonaire in a hole that they could not climb out of.
The Boys Under-14 Team’s performances have been a welcome shot in the arm for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s (TTFA) National Elite Youth Development Programme, after the local football body failed to get its Women’s Team to the Concacaf Women’s Under-15 Championship in Florida.
Gary St Rose, the TTFA’s programme coordinator, refused to comment on the debacle, which left players and parents heartbroken.
In Willemstad, though, the Under-14 boys made the most of their first taste of international football. Coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier’s troops play again on Wednesday when they tackle Aruba from 4pm.
CFU Boys U-14 Challenge Series
(Monday 6 August)
Trinidad and Tobago 11 (Nathaniel James , Ja-Shawn Thomas , Dantaye Gilbert , Jaheim Marshall, Jaheim Faustin), Bonaire 1 (Curty-Son Piard).