Beach Soccer Men batter Antigua/Barbuda

Trinidad and Tobago’s Beach Soccer Men got off to a smasher on Monday as they trounced Antigua/Barbuda 8-1 in their opening Group C CONCACAF Beach Soccer qualifier at the Malcolm Beach Soccer Stadium in Nassau.

David Mcdougall scored a beaver trick  while Kevon Woodley grabbed a hattrick and Chad Appoo added one more for the Benny Astoria-Coached team.

T&T plays US Virgin Islands  in their second game tomorrow (Wednesday) at 2:45pm and then they face the United States at 9pm on Thursday.

“We are delighted to start the tournament on a winning note. The men went out there and expressed themselves and put on a strong showing which as a coach I am pleased with,” T&T head coach  Astorga told TTFA Media.

“But it’s far from finished for us. We haven’t achieved anything because our goal is to advance  to the last stage and go onto qualify for the World Cup.

“We have two more games to win in the group phase and then we can start to focus on finishing the task,” he added.

McDougall dedicated his four goals to his mother Susan who passed away while he was on duty for the T&T team at the Qualifiers in Bahamas in 2013.

“This win and my performance is dedicated to my mom. I suffered to pain of losing her during the tournament in 2013 and everything here is in memory of her,” McDougall said.

“Right now we are a family here and our coach Benny is the perfect father for our family. We are like brothers on this team and that spirit and attitude along with the great assistance from the TTFA has helped us to where we are now. We are now focused on keeping up the winning ways and advancing to the next phase and then to the World Cup,” he added.

Woodley who has been in prolific form for T&T in their various competitions, added “We came here with one mission and that is to win matches. We have gotten one game out of the way and now we have to keep it up and keep going forward.”

Kevin Woodley (left) celebrates one of his goals. Nassau , Bahamas – February, 20Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017 at Malcon Park on February 20, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Lea Weil)

Three-time CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship winners USA  recovered from a slow start to hammer US Virgin Islands 8-1 in their Group C opener.

The home nation sit top of Group A after the opening round of matches and had a Lesley St.Fleur hat-trick to thank as they picked up maximum points in front a vibrant home crowd against a Guyana side making their first appearance at the tournament.

Mexico too avoided an upset on the opening day as they beat Guadeloupe 9-2 – the highest ranked nation in the CONCACAF region battling back from 2-1 behind thanks to a hat-trick from Jose Ramon Maldonado Alonso and a Fausto Jair Aleman Palacios brace.

Nassau , Bahamas – February, 20
Concacaf Beach Soccer Championship Bahamas 2017 at Malcon Park on February 20, 2017 in Nassau, Bahamas. (Photo by Lea Weil)

Elsewhere in Group C, T&T  joined USA on maximum points.

David McDougall and Kevon Woodley provided the inspiration with seven of their side’s eight goals, as Antigua and Barbuda were left unable to cope on a difficult opening-day outing, while Marc Jankovic’s four-goal haul helped Canada edge past Barbados 6-4.

In a tight contest that saw both Group B sides match one another for long spells, it was the rangy Canadian forward who made the difference, scoring four times along with further efforts from Danilo Pessoa and Maxime Leconte.

Belize saw off a spirited effort from Jamaica to claim a 2-0 win on penalties after ending 5-5 at the culmination of normal time in their Group A meeting.

Jamaica battled back from 4-0 down to level thanks largely to a Daemion Benjamin hat-trick but, when the clash went to penalties, Belize held their nerve as Marlon Meza and Jermaine Jones scored from the spot.

Photo at top shows David McDougall celebrating with his teammates during T&T vs Antigua/Barbuda. Photo by Lea Weil/Beach Soccer Worldwide.

Monday Results

13.45 – Barbados 4-6 Canada

15.00 – USA 8-1 US Virgin Islands

16.15 – Mexico 9-2 Guadeloupe

17.30 – Trinidad & Tobago 8-1 Antigua & Barbuda

18.45 – Jamaica (0) 5-5 (2) Belize

20.00 – Bahamas 4-1 Guyana

Tuesday fixtures

13.45 – Guadeloupe v Barbados

15.00 – Costa Rica v Panama

16.15 – El Salvador v Turks & Caicos Islands

17.30 – Canada v Mexico

18.45 – Guyana v Jamaica

20.00 – Belize v Bahamas