Things get tough for young Soca Warriors
by Sean Taylor
It seems the Canadians are bent on exacting revenge on us for the 4x100m relay debacle in London last year. The young Warriors vying for a place in this year’s U17 World Cup had a serious dent to their aspirations in their opening match yesterday. They opened the final stage of their World Cup campaign at the CONCACAF U17 Championship in Panama. The Canadians went to the top of the three-team group with maximum points after a straightforward 2-0 win.
The North Americans controlled the match from early at the Estadio Augustin Sanchez, with many opportunities coming close. Jordan Hamilton and Marco Bustos in particular were the most dangerous men for the Trinidad and Tobago defence.
The Caribbean team began to make a fight of it though, however it wasn’t enough to deny Marco Dominguez-Ramirez from opening the scoring after a well-worked free kick in the 42nd minute.
Canada had a sustained period of dominance that revolved around half time, as they continued where they left off after the interval and created a second in the 59th minute. Trinidad and Tobago keeper Johan Welch could only prolong the inevitable as Hamilton’s chip was initially saved only for him to dispatch the rebound.
It was a bad blow to the talented young Soca Warriors team who had great aspirations to do well in this competition. It didn’t help that this match came in the wake of a significant setback in preparation back home when they couldn’t use their preferred training venue.
They need to beat Costa Rica on Monday to have a favourable chance of progression. The Canadians face the Central Americans on Wednesday and will qualify with a draw or another victory. In the three-team group, everything is delicately poised for the team hoping to emulate their compatriots in South Korea in 2007.
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