The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team started their Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying with a 3-0 triumph over Aruba at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva today to hand new head coach Stephan De Four a debut win.
United States-based attacker Nia Walcott took just two minutes to put the Women Soca Warriors ahead although fans had to wait until midway through the second half for some daylight space against their modest Caribbean opponents.
Afiyah Cornwall came off the substitutes’ bench to double Trinidad and Tobago’s advantage in the 73rd minute before veteran midfielder Janine Francois added gloss to the final scoreline with a goal in second half stoppage time.
In the opening game of today’s Group A double header, St Kitts and Nevis played to a goalless draw with the Dominican Republic.
Trinidad and Tobago are in action again on Wednesday when they face Antigua and Barbuda from 5pm in Couva. Only the winner of the five nation group advances to next year’s Concacaf Championship.
(Editor’s Note: Wired868 apologises for not having a reporter at today’s game due to a scheduling mix-up. We will be present when the Women Warriors take to the field on Wednesday afternoon.)
Trinidad and Tobago: 1.Kimika Forbes (GK); 14.Karyn Forbes (captain), 2.Meyah Romeo, 4.Maria-Frances Serrant, 5.Liana Hinds, 7.Khadisha Debesette, 9.Nia Walcott, 10.Janine Francois, 13.Shanelle Summer Arjoon, 16.Dennecia Prince, 19.Tori Paul.
Substitutes: 18.Tenesha Palmer (GK), 3.Amaya Ellis, 6.Sydney Boisselle, 8.Asha James, 11.Maya Matouk, 15.Afiyah Cornwall, 17.Aaliyah Prince, 20.Cayla McFarlane.
Coach: Stephan De Four
Concacaf Women’s Olympic Qualifying
(Monday 30 September)
St Kitts & Nevis 0, Dominican Republic 0 at Ato Boldon Stadium;
Aruba vs Trinidad & Tobago 3 (Nia Walcott 2, Afiyah Cornwall 73, Janine Francois 90+1) at Ato Boldon Stadium.
(Wednesday 2 October)
Dominican Republic vs Aruba, 2.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Trinidad and Tobago vs Antigua and Barbuda, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Friday 4 October)
Antigua & Barbuda vs Dominican Republic, 2.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Aruba vs St Kitts & Nevis, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
(Sunday 6 October)
Antigua & Barbuda vs Aruba, 2.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Trinidad & Tobago vs St Kitts & Nevis, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Tuesday 8 October)
St Kitts & Nevis vs Antigua & Barbuda, 2.30pm, Ato Boldon Stadium;
Trinidad & Tobago vs Dominican Republic, 5pm, Ato Boldon Stadium.