PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (October 20, 2015) – The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s U-20 Finals is reaching the climax with the semifinals – Trinidad and Tobago vs. Haiti and Jamaica vs. Puerto Rico – set to kick off here on Wednesday.
Hosts Haiti topped Group A, which included second-placed Puerto Rico and third-placed Bermuda, while the Trinidadians finished runners-up in Group B behind Jamaica. The rest of the group was third-placed Curaçao and fourth-placed St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
The Trinidad and Tobago head coach, Jason Spence, said his Soca Princesses, who ended the Group stage with two draws, one win and five points, are on target to meet their goals.
“We left home with an objective and part of that was to get into the finals of the competition unbeaten,” Spence said. “We definitely intend to take it all the way.”
The team will face Group A winners Haiti, who with one win, a loss, three points and eight goals – one more than Trinidad – are no easy pushovers.
“I like to think that we’ve been working towards doing things a particular way, so we will always have a plan A and a plan B in place in the event of things looking a particular way, so at the moment it’s business as usual, and it’s just about getting the attitude right on the day,” Spence said of his game plan.
Meanwhile, the Jamaica head coach, Hue Menzies, while aware of his “powerhouse” status, is taking nothing for granted in his match against Group A runners-up Puerto Rico.
The Reggae Girlz amassed seven points, from two wins and one draw, and they scored eight goals along the way. Puerto Rico, with a win, a loss, three points and three goals, are buoyed by their defeat of Haiti when they met in the group stage.
Menzies said he’s proud of his charges, and is looking forward to the match-up.
“We’re very satisfied with what the girls are doing. Obviously, we brought a lot of young players because of the timing of the event and not getting the college-type players in, but the kids have been putting in the effort,” Menzies said.
“We are ready to play. Puerto Rico has done well here to beat the host nation, so they have some quality players (and we are) looking forward to the game, and we’re looking forward for fair play and everything,” he added.
The Haiti vs. Trinidad and Tobago game is scheduled for 4:00 pm, while the Jamaica-Puerto Rico encounter will start at 6:30 pm.
The final day of play is scheduled for Friday, when the losing semifinalists will play for third-place honours at 4:30 pm. The title match will follow at 6 pm.
The top three teams will advance to the 2015 CONCACAF Women’s U-20 Championship which will be hosted by Honduras from December 3-13.