Aug 11, 2017 Sports
Cuba and Barbados are set to ignite the Leonora Track and Field Facility this evening when the ladies clash in the second Group D match of the CONCACAF Under-17 Female World Cup qualifiers.
The mood of the Barbados players would be very high after a very convincing victory over the Lady Jags in the first group game on Wednesday where they put five goals past Guyana’s goalkeeper Vicky Jonannis.
Although playing against a very inexperienced side, it took a superb free kick that curled through the air by Guyana’s Tiandi Smith to penetrate the Bajan defense in the 5-1 victory. The girls from the land of the ‘Flying Fish’ showed their prowess in defense but their strongest attribute proved to be their eye for goal.
Three of the 5 Bajan goals were from outside the box with skipper Tia Briggs-Thompson scoring two of those, including a shot from close to the center line that sailed over Jonannis’ head. The Cubans are definitely the strongest team in Group D. In the past year, they have enjoyed successes against teams whose associations have very strong football programmes. Those successes include a 6-0 drubbing of Guadalupe, a 2-1 win over Suriname and a 1-0 edging of Jamaica which won the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 title in 2015. In April, Cuba also defeated Canada, 2-1.
On Tuesday last, Barbados’ Coach Thomas Jordan when quizzed on his expectations coming against Cuba stated, “We are here to win; we will not be intimidated by Cuba. Yes they’re a powerhouse, yes they’re a good team, we have seen them play before and we have prepared ourselves to compete against them.”
Barbados has a big goal-difference of +4 and all they need is a draw against the Cubans in order to top the group. An enthralling match-up is expected and fans are encouraged to come out and enjoy from 17:00hrs, admission is free.
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