Aaliyah Prince scored a beaver-trick on Tuesday evening as Trinidad and Tobago began their campaign in the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers Caribbean Zone Preliminary Round Group B with a 13-0 mauling of the United States Virgin Islands, in the second game of a double-header at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva.
Prince found the back of the net in the 10th, 12th, 27th and 40th minutes, while Afiyah Cornwall notched a hat-trick (49th, 61st and 78th). Also getting on the scoreshet were captain Kara Trotman (16th and 35th), Chrissy Mitchell (42nd), Maria-Francis Serrant (69th), Annika Daniel (76th) and an own goal from Kaitlyn Livie (52nd).
In the earlier game, Grenada spanked Curacao 6-2, with items from Sharanda Charles (12th, 56th), Coie Smith (eighth), Melania Fullerton (27th), Malia Ramdhanny (41st) and Cassie Rennie (82nd). Lindsey Hart (45th and 79th) got both goals for Curacao.
TT coach Jamaal Shabazz, speaking after Tuesday’s game, noted, “a good result for TT against a team that we were far superior to, in all departments.”
The US Virgin Islands are coached by ex-national midfielder/striker Izler Browne. Shabazz said, “It’s good (to see) where Izler has reached as a coach of another country in women’s football. She’s certainly an ambassador in the game, in the Caribbean. Their programme is a development (one) and we wish her all the best going forward.”
Action continues in Group B today at Couva with Grenada facing US Virgin Islands at 5 pm and TT meeting Curacao at 7.30 pm.