T&T Women win final warm up

Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women’s team won their lone warm-up match before the start of the CONCACAF Olympic qualifying final round on Thursday when they defeated the Challenge Under 18 team of the Elite Clubs National League 2-0 at the Lindsay Lyons Sports Complex in Houston on Sunday.

T&T, which will open their CONCACAF campaign against Guatemala, opened the scoring through Tasha St Louis in the 22nd minute before Kennya Cordner completed the win with a 78th minute item.

The team trained once on Monday and will take up base at the Embassy Suites Hotel on Tuesday as they enter the official competition period. Guatemala will also be based at the Embassy Suites. The T&T team had been in camp at the Winchester Suites in Houston for the past week.

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Following the win on Sunday, head coach Richard Hood described the exercise worthwhile despite feeling that his team needed to be more clinical in the final third of the field.

“It was a good exercise for us as it give us the opportunity to examine how the team functioned with the new system and to test their fitness as well,” Hood told TTFA Media.

“ I thought that we moved the ball well in building up but we need to be much more clinical in the final third. We created many chances but did not capitalize well mainly due to a lack of composure.

“We were able to observe some of the younger players as well for the first time in a competitive environment and they did well. We now have a much better idea of the areas we have to improve on as we prepare for the tournament,” Hood added, also thanking the Challenge club for the opportunity to play the match.

Among the players who saw playing time on Sunday included captain Maylee Attin-Johnson, Cordner, Arin King, Victoria Swift, St Louis, Kimika Forbes, Saundra Barron, Janine Francois, Liana Hinds, Ahkeela Mollon, Jenelle Cunningham, Jo-Marie Lewis, Naomi Guerra, Danielle Blair, Chevonne John, Khadidra Debesette and Anastasia Prescott.

The former T&T Under 17 Women’s team assistant coach expressed concern over some injury worries heading into Thursday’s opening game and team doctor Dave De Landro who arrived in Houston today (Monday) to join the team will be paying close attention to some of the players who are carrying niggling injuries.

The competition starts on Wednesday with a double header at the Toyota Stadium in Texas with the US facing Costa Rica and Puerto Rico taking on Mexico. T&T’s opening game will be on Thursday against Guatemala at the BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston. Canada faces Guyana in the other game of the double header.

Eight countries will compete against each other in two groups of four, with the top two teams in each group moving on to the semifinals and securing a place in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

All 15 matches of the tournament will be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra, with four also airing on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN). A cable subscription is required to access NBC Live Extra online.

Photo at top shows members of the T&T Senior Women’s Team and The Challenge U-18 team at Sunday’s match.