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T&T s senior footballers lost their second
of three opportunities to book their first
ever spot at the Fifa Women s World Cup,
yesterday, after conceding two goals in extra
time in a 4-2 loss to Mexico in the Concacaf
Women s Championship third place playoff,
The disappointing loss, after another gru-
elling 120 minutes of football, followed only
two days after Costa Rica defeated the Soca
Princesses on penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw
at full time at the semifinal stage.
The loss, again, was not the last chance
for the team as it now remains with a third
and final chance of qualifying for the World
Cup via an intercontinental two-match playoff
The South Americans will host the first
leg on November 8, three weeks before T&T
hosts the second on December 2.
Yesterday s loss was perhaps more disap-
pointing as the T&T players conceded a sloppy
goal immediately after taking the lead late in
the second half.
And, even though T&T started with much
more purpose than it did against Costa Rica
on Friday, efforts on goal were hard to come
by. In fact, Mexico registered 19 shots, while
T&T made only three attempts, two of which
resulted in goals.
The Las Tri enjoyed a 1-0 lead at half-time
after Sandra Mayor scored in the 24th minute,
which clearly spurred T&T onto a much more
positive second half performance.
But it took another 10 minutes to get the
ball rolling for T&T in a desperate attempt
to overturn the deficit. But coach Randy Wal-
drum s team did just that in the 57th minute
when Kennya Cordner scored her third goal
of the tournament to level the scores.
Cordner met a beautiful cross from Ahkeela
Mollon on the head and threw her frame for-
ward to make it 1-1, a move very similar to
Cordner s two previous goals.
Buoyed and confident, T&T continued to
enjoy more forward movement despite the
hindrances of fatigue and capitalised once
again to take a shock lead from Shade. Cordner
with a strong run on the left side of the
penalty box crossed in for Brianna Ryce who
chested down in the path of an onrushing
Mariah Shade to finish.
A celebratory frenzy ensued, but T&T
switched off. Immediately after scoring, T&T
conceded from the thorn in its side, Monica
Ocampo, 30 seconds later, and returned on
the back foot.
While not as damaging, the subsequent
extra time periods bore similarities to the 7-
3 loss T&T s Under-20 women s team suffered
against Costa Rica in the Concacaf Cham-
pionship in January after that third-place
playoff ended 3-3 after regulation time.
This time, Mexico scored another two goals
to ensure its second straight spot at the
Women s World Cup. Waldrum and his
charges are expected to head back into camp
almost immediately upon their return in order to regroup ahead of the playoffs, starting in
under two weeks time.
Brathwaite and leg-spinner
Devendra Bishoo engineered a
West Indies A fightback with
two wickets apiece, as the hon-
ours were shared evenly on the
second day of the third and final
four-day "Test" here yesterday.
At the close, Sri Lanka A were
248 for six in reply to West Indies
A s first innings of 282 all out at
the Tyronne Fernando Stadium,
only 34 runs behind.
Seamer Brathwaite picked up
two for 20 from eight tight overs
while Bishoo grabbed two for 81
in an expensive outing.
However, they combined to
pull back Sri Lanka A who were
cruising at one stage behind
knocks of 77 from captain and
opener Upul Tharanga, 43 not
out from Dinesh Chandimal and
38 from Kusal Perera.
The left-handed Tharanga
anchored two successive half-
century partnerships to put the
hosts in early command. He
added 72 for the first wicket with
Perera before putting on a further
66 for the second wicket with
Lahiru Thirimanne who got 21.
Tharanga, who has played 19
Tests, faced 120 balls and counted
Part-time off-spinner Jermaine
Blackwood got the breakthrough,
having Perera caught at the wick-
et after the left-hander had
struck four fours and a six in his
48-ball stay at the crease.
Tharanga and Thirimanne
were frustrating the Caribbean
side in another productive stand
when Brathwaite struck to
remove both in successive overs
-- both taken behind by wicket-
keeper Chadwick Walton.
With three wickets having fall-
en for just 13 runs, Sri Lanka A
again consolidated, this time
through Chandimal and Kithu-
ruwan Vithanage (25) the pair
putting on 42 runs for the fifth
Chandimal has so far faced 99
balls and counted four fours in
a patient knock while Vithanage
struck four fours off 36 balls
before falling lbw to Bishoo at
193 for five.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dick-
wella fell to seamer Jonathan
Carter for just four with seven
runs added to the total but
Chandimal found a partner in
Chaturanga de Silva (24 not out),
to rebuild Sri Lanka A s innings
with an unbroken 48-run, sev-
enth wicket partnership.
Earlier, West Indies, resuming
at their overnight 239 for six,
added 43 more runs for the loss
of the four remaining wickets.
Walton and Carlos Brathwaite,
the overnight batsmen, carried
on for 27 and 25 respectively
before falling to fast bowler
Nuwan Pradeep who finished
with four for 40.
Off-spinner Tharindu Kaushal took five for 125. (CMC)
Jeron O Brien of Hillview College and
Theana Hay of St Augustine Girl s were
among the top performers as the Tidal
Wave Aquatics East/Central Zone Schools
Swim meet splashed off at Centre of
Excellence, Macoya yesterday.
O Brien finished first in a time of 59.58
in the individual medley and secured gold
in the 50m butterfly in 26:13. He was fol-
lowed by Bradley Thomas of Holy Cross
College in 1:03.65 and Jeron Thompson of
Trinity College East in 1:04.53 in the IM.
Hay edged Jewel Mulrain of St George s
College in the individual medley to gain
gold. However, Mulrain avenged her second
place finish in the 50m backstroke winning
in a time of 33:65, with Hay second in
35:40 and Danielle Hassanali in 35:65. Mul-
rain also went on the win 50m butterfly
The premier event on the day was the
secondary schools relay which saw Hillview
College taking gold, followed by St Augus-
tine Secondary and Trinity College East.
St Xavier s edged Holy Saviour Anglican
and The University School respectively in
the co-ed division. Tunapuna Boys R.C.
were awarded first place in boys while
Arima Girls R.C. secured first place in the
girl s division.
Topping the secondary schools boys divi-
sion was Hillview College. Trinity College
East were second while Holy Cross gained
bronze. In the girls division, St Joseph Con-
vent, St Joseph finished first followed by
Bishops East and St Augustine Girls High
St George s College took first place hon-
ours with 111 points in the co-ed division,
followed by Tunapuna Government Sec-
ondary with 71 points and St Augustine
Secondary with 56 points.
Action continues at the same venue next
Sunday with the National Secondary
Schools Swim meet.
favoured at CRISA
Leanna Castanada and Nekeisha Blake
will be among the favourites when the
T&T Badminton Association (TTBA)
hosts its annual Doubles Open/Masters
tournament at the Central Regional
Indoor Sports Arena (CRISA), Chagua-
nas, from today until Thursday.
Castanada and Blake, this year s Solo
Open women s singles champion, will play
together in the women s doubles. Cas-
tanada will also team up with former
national player Derwin Renales, who is
the current president of the TTBA.
The TTBA expects some of the top
names in badminton to participate such
as Kerwyn Pantin, Alistair Espinoza, Rahul
Rampersad and the top pair of Derek Singh
and Andre Lewis. Singh and Lewis will
be eyeing another title. The pair won the
masters men s doubles crown at the
Open/Masters Doubles tournament in
February defeating Christopher Jokim and
Sunil Ramadar 21/8, 21/7.
Competitors will participate in the men s,
women s and mixed doubles. The first
serve tonight is at 7 pm.
Princesses slip in extra time
Mexico midfielder Sandra Stephany Mayor (10) scores against T&T as goalkeeper Kimika
Forbes (1) is beaten, in the first half during a CONCACAF consolation soccer match in Chester,
Pennsylvania, yesterday. AP PHOTO
T&T: Kimika Forbes, Arin King, Brianna
Ryce, Lauren Hutchinson (Patrice
Superville 93rd), Khadidra Debessette
(Tasha St Louis 105th+2), Maylee Attin
Johnson, Karyn Forbes (Anique Walker
68th), Liana Hinds, Ahkeela Mollon,
Mariah Shade, Kennya Cordner.
Unused subs: Khadisha Debbesette,
Ayanna Russell, Janine Francois, Dernelle
Mascall, Tinesha Palmer.
MEXICO: Pamela Tojonar, Kenti Robles,
Alina Garciamendez, Christina Murillo,
Bianca Sierra, Teresa Noyola (Lydia
Rangel 48th), Sandra Mayor, Monica
Ocampo (Tanya Samazich 105th+2),
Karla Nieto, Veronica Perez (Dinora Garza
115th), Veronica Corral.
Unused subs: Ceceilia Santiago, Monica
Alvarado, Paulina Solis, Arianna Romero,
Liliana Mercado, Luz Duarte.
Mexico 4 (Sandra Mayor 24th, Monica
Ocampo 78th, Veronica Corral 104th,
106th) v T&T 2 (Kennya Cordner 57th,
Mariah Shade 78th)
Brathwaite, Bishoo halt Sri Lanka advance
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