Wins for Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago in CFU Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series Group Five Opener
Published on 26 October 2019
Cuba’s Yamicelis Mantresa Sosa, who scored two goals in Cuba’s 7-0 triumph over Suriname in the opening match of Group Five of the CFU Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the Ato Boldon Stadium, Couva. (Photo by CA Images)
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (October 26, 2019) – Both Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago shut out their opponents to score convincing victories when the fifth and final group of the Caribbean Football Union Girls’ Under-14 Challenge Series kicked off at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Friday.
Playing in the opener – which was match 29 of the entire competition – Cuba’s Ainacly Montalvo Batista led her team’s charge with a hat trick in the 7-0 triumph over Suriname.
Batista scored the opener in the 5th minute and found the back of the net in quick succession in the 30thand 32nd minutes. Yamicelis Mantresa Sosa’s brace came in the 19th and 23rd, while Dalia Ledesma Baez, 44’, and Yesela Castillo Napotes, 66’, added to Cuba’s tally.
The home team, Trinidad and Tobago, playing in the second game of the double header, defeated Grenada 10-0.
Substitute Breana Smith was on fire, scoring five goals in minutes 37, 48, 56, 62 and 68 to lead her side to the top of the table.
Carissa Cowan got Trinidad and Tobago off the mark in the 4th minute, adding to her tally in minute 35. Nikita Jackson converted in the 18th minute and Talia Martin added to the goal spree in the 41st, as did Faith Alexander in the 67th.
The competition resumes on Sunday, when Grenada face Cuba at 5 pm ahead of the Trinidad and Tobago v. Suriname match.
The Challenge Series forms part of the CFU’s developmental agenda and, for many of the players, marks their first foray outside of local competition. The initiative also serves as a training ground for the majority of the referees and referee assistants.