The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Senior Team warmed up for Tuesday’s decisive Concacaf W Championship qualifier against Guyana with a 13-0 mauling of the Turks and Caicos Islands this afternoon at the TCIFA National Academy in Providenciales.
It was a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact that Women Soca Warriors head coach Kenwyne Jones rested at least six starters today in Turks and Caicos.
Midfielder Chelcy Ralph, in her first start of the competition, made the most of the opportunity with a hattrick while the two-island republic had eight different scorers. In the process, Trinidad and Tobago matched their record high-scoring triumph of 13-0, which they set against Dominica in 2002 and matched against Grenada in 2018.
It completed a campaign from Turks and Caicos that was extraordinary for all the wrong reasons. In four matches, they conceded 46 goals while scoring just once.
Trinidad and Tobago were the third football nation to set a scoring record against them too. Nicaragua’s 19-0 rout and Dominica’s 8-1 thumping were also landmark wins for the respective nations.
The Women Warriors only needed the three points today. Yesterday’s goalless draw between Guyana and Nicaragua means that Group F will not be decided by goal difference.
Once Trinidad and Tobago avoid defeat against Guyana at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, they will advance to the W Championship while the second-placed ‘Lady Jags’ will be eliminated.
Blessed with a straightforward outing—Turks and Caicos, ranked 176th by Fifa, are the worst women’s team in Concacaf and third worst on the planet—Jones could have used the 90 minutes as a practice session for his first choice players, particularly as the likes of playmaker Asha James is out of season at present and likely to be short of match practice.
Or he could keep his powder dry and prepare the Women Warriors almost entirely on the training ground instead.
Jones took the second option.
It offered little reprieve for the Turks and Caicos Islands, who are ‘coached’ by Yunelsis Rodriguez Baez but clearly not ready for the international game.
Baez’s starting goalkeeper Crystal Jean Baptiste against T&T represents Teachers FC in the Turks and Caicos. But she was clearly on the receiving end of a harsh lesson today.
Trinidad and Tobago, ranked 73rd worldwide by Fifa in the women’s game, got two goals within the opening 15 minutes, through ostensibly defensive midfielders Lauryn Hutchinson and Ralph. And the longest the Women Warriors went without scoring was 17 minutes—a dry spell that ran from Matouk’s first item in the 49th minute and her second in the 66th.
In the end, the visitors scored seven goals in the first half and six after the interval, with the only surprise being that just one substitute, teenager Maria-Frances Serrant, got on the score summary.
Now, for the serious business against Guyana.
Trinidad and Tobago: 22.K’lil Keshwar (GK), 5.Shaunalee Govia, 2.Chelsi Jadoo (3.Shani Nakhid-Schuster 83), 6.Shadi Cecily Stoute, 7.Liana Hinds (19.Sarah De Gannes 75), 20.Lauryn Hutchinson, 14.Karyn Forbes (captain) (16.Cayla Mc Farlane 60), 12.Chelcy Ralph, 17.Maya Matouk (18.Maria-Frances Serrant 75), 15.Kedie Johnson (23.Aaliyah Trim 61), 11.Raenah Campbell,
Unused substitutes: 1.Kimika Forbes (GK), 21.Tenesha Palmer (GK), 8.Victoria Swift, 4.Rhea Belgrave, 9.Amaya Ellis, 10.Asha James.
Coach: Kenwyne Jones.
Turks and Caicos Islands: 13.Crystal Jean Baptiste (GK); 3.Jodee Harvey, 6.Patrice Senior (captain), 7.Irener Moline, 19.Chanile Butterfield, 11.Rosaria Talbot (15.Carlleah Lewis 46), 17.Vanessa Joseph (16.Gabriela Bruton 46), 18.Scateline Gedeon Dixon, 2.Kelmari Simons (4.Callie Hall 46), 10.Kadine Dephin, 9.Mikayla Marcellus,
Unused substitutes: 1.Brianna Burton (GK), 5.Syniah Forbes Chambers, 8.Alivia Brooks, 14.Kayley Hall, 21.Krysann Williams, 23.Olivia Park.
Coach: Yunelsis Rodriguez Baez
Concacaf W Championship qualifiers results
Turks & Caicos Islands 0, Trinidad and Tobago 13 (Chelcy Ralph 6, 17, 82, Lauryn Hutchinson 14, Karyn Forbes 33, 45, Cecily Stoute 35, Liana Hinds 41, Maya Matouk 49, 66, Raenah Campbell 72 pen, 86, Maria-Frances Serrant 75) at Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
Guyana 0, Nicaragua 0 at Lenora, Guyana
Dominica 8 (Kasika Samuel 11, Starr Humphreys 32, 46, 48, Sari Finn 33, 40, Kylee Bertrand 84, Briyanna Philip 90), Turks and Caicos Islands 1 (Kadine Delphin 45+2) at Roseau, Dominica.
Nicaragua 19 (Jansy Aguirre 7, Kesly Pérez 13, 45, Yessenia Flores 17, 25, 47, 55, 64, 66, Yorcelly Humphreys 33, Lilieth Rivera 39, Lisbeth Moreno, Natalie Orellana 51, Sheyla Flores 57, Nuria Márquez 71, Nathaly Silva 76, Reyna Hernández 79, Jaclyn Gilday 90, 90+1), Turks and Caicos Islands 0 at Managua, Nicaragua.
Dominica 0, Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Asha James 31, Maria-Frances Serrant 57) at Leonora, Guyana.
Turks and Caicos 0, Guyana 7 (Cameo Hazlewood 10, 40, Hannah Baptiste 30, 72, Mariam El-Masri 48, 61, 84) at Providenciales, Turks and Caicos.
Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Asha James 17, Karyn Forbes 64), Nicaragua 1 (Yessenia Flores 90+5) at Port-of-Spain, Trinidad.
Guyana 4 (Shanice Alfred 17, Annalisa Vincent 26, Sydney Cummings 35, Britney Stoute OG 63), Dominica 0 at Leonora, Guyana.
Editor’s Note: Wired868 initially republished Concacaf’s match summary, which credited Trinidad and Tobago with a 14-0 win. The error has since been rectified. The match was not broadcast live.