Cuba claim top spot in Group 5 in the CFU Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series

Published on 30 October 2019

Victorious Cuba were the winners of Group 5 of the CFU Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series

PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (October 29, 2019) – Cuba were able to tamp down an intense and technically-sound Trinidad and Tobago side to triumph 2-1 in the final game of the CFU Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series played at Ato Boldon, Couva. The win meant that the Cubans had an unbeaten run in the round robin developmental contest played from October 25-29, 2019, resulting in their top-of-the-table finish.

Carissa Cowan sent Trinidad and Tobago ahead in the 8th minute much to the delight of their vocal supporters. Cuba’s Dalia Ladesma Baez had the answer in the 31st minute, sending the teams into halftime 1-1.

Both sides pressed hard for the duration of the rough-and-tumble match in which two yellow cards for Cuba resulted in a red.

Amidst the ball battle, Vega Hernandez scored in the 42nd minute, making it 2-1, a lead the visitors would not relinquish on their way to overall victory.

Earlier, in the opener, Suriname defeated Grenada 2-1 in an encounter in which it was evident that neither team wanted to go home without getting on the scoreboard and with both sides picking up a yellow card apiece.

Royanie Karjasemmita struck first for Suriname in the 16th minute, and her teammate, Michajah Emanuels, converted in the 34th, putting the score at 2-0 at the break.

Grenada’s Teasis Jones pulled a goal back for Grenada in the 40th, and both teams maintained their intensity to the final whistle.

The Trinidad and Tobago Group brought down the curtains on the 2019 competition for which the first four groups were contested in August.

Jamaica, which hosted, was best amongst a grouping that also included, in order of finish, the Dominican Republic, Bermuda and Martinique.

Hosts Cayman Islands topped their point standings followed by St. Lucia, Curacao and Barbados in Group 2.

Playing in Puerto Rico in Group 3, Haiti’s young women were first ahead of the home team, Puerto Rico, Turks and Caicos Islands, Anguilla and Bonaire.

Meanwhile, St. Vincent and the Grenadines earned Group 4 bragging rights, placing ahead of hosts St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda and Dominica.

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