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Mc Dougall, Woodley fire T&T past Antigua & Barbuda 8-1
David Mc Dougall scored a bea-
ver-trick and Kevon Woodley, a
hat-trick as T&T spanked Anti-
gua & Barbuda 8-1 in its opening
match of the 2017 CONCACAF
Beach Soccer Championship at
the Malcolm Park Beach Soccer
Facility on Monday night in Nas-
It was the start for T&T in the
Group C clash as Woodley opened
the scoring as early as the second
minute of the first 12-minute period,
but underdogs Antigua & Barbuda
drew level five minutes later.
That was the last bit of joy for
Antigua & Barbuda as Chad Ap-
poo restored T&T's lead in the
ninth minute while Mc Dougall got
his first in the 10th minute, a gem
of a volley for a 3-1 lead at the end
of the first third.
The second period was all one way
traffic with Mc Dougall making it
4-1 in the 13th minute before he ex-
tended the cushion to 5-1 a minute
later with a exquisite right footed
volley from near the right byine
followed by a second on the night
from Woodley to lead 7-1.
In the final third, T&T controlled
the flow of the match and added two
late items via, Mc Dougall, his fourth
in the 34th and Woodley, to com-
plete his hat-trick a minute from
the final whistle to give coach, USA-
born Benny Astorga his first win.
With the win, T&T moved into a
joint lead with USA, which swept
past US Virgin Islands by a simi-
lar 8-1 margin in Monday's earlier
This evening, T&T swill head
into action in their second match
against the US Virgin Islands from
2.45pm while United States will be
up against Antigua & Barbuda from
4pm in pool action.
Astorga is confident of victory
again today as he believes his team
has been in the best possible shape
for the qualifiers.
Earlier this week Marc Jankovic
scored four goals as Canada earned
a 6-4 win over Group B rival Bar-
bados in the opening match of the
2017 CONCACAF Beach Soccer
Championship on Monday.
With the score level at 4-4, Max-
ime Leconte put Canada ahead for
good early in the third period and
Jankovic completed the scoreline
with seven minutes left in the match.
Goals: 0-1: Marc Jankovic, min.
11 (1); 1-1: Jamar Grazette, min. 8
(1); 2-1: Jamal Chandler, min. 7 (1);
2-2: Marc Jankovic, min. 0 (1); 2-3:
Danilo Pessoa, min. 9 (2); 2-4: Marc
Jankovic, min. 7 (2); 3-4: Andre Pin-
der, min. 3 (2); 4-4: Tito Grazette,
min. 11 (3); 4-5: Maxime Leconte,
min. 9 (3); 4-6: Marc Jankovic, min.
Meanwhile, three-time champion
United States recovered from a slow
start to defeat US Virgin Islands, 8-1,
in their Group C opener .
USVI's Esaias Charles scored the
only goal of the first period, but the
U.S. responded with eight unan-
swered goals, including three from
captain Nicolas Perera, all from the
penalty spot. Team-mate Alessan-
dro Canale weighed in with a brace.
Goals: 0-1: Esaias Charles, min.
5 (1); 1-1: Nicolas Perera, min. 9 (2);
2-1: Andrew Feld, min. 7 (2); 3-1:
Alessandro Canale, min. 5 (2); 4-1:
Nicolas Perera, min. 3 (2); 5-1: Ja-
son Santos, min. 9 (3); 6-1: Matthew
Van Zytveld, min. 6 (3); 7-1: Nicolas
Perera, min. 1 (3); 8-1: Alessandro
Canale, min. 1 (3).
look for first win
T&T's Under-20 men's
team will be looking to secure
its first victory of the CON-
CACAF Under 20 Qualifiers,
facing a difficult test against
hosts Costa Rica at the Na-
tional Stadium in San Jose
today at 9 pm TT time (7pm
in Costa Rica).
T&T is ahead of Costa Rica
on the table with a point after
Sunday's 1-1 draw with Bermu-
da, while the hosts was defeated
by El Salvador 1-0, making for
a mouth-watering contest be-
tween the teams as both need to
win to have a chance of advanc-
ing to the next phase.
Coach Brian Williams said,
"Our draw against Bermuda has
obviously made things difficult
and our plan now is simple. We
have to win the game against
Costa Rica in order to really be
in with a good chance of going
through. After El Salvador de-
feated Costa Rica, the group has
become a bit opened as all four
teams still have a good chance
but anything but a win for us will
make things even harder for us."
He noted, "I am optimistic
that we can get it right. Our
players know the task before
them and I think once we stay
focused and avoid too many er-
rors and also take our chances,
then we could pull it off."
T&T's only victory over Costa
Rica at any level of Men's World
Cup qualifying was a 2-0 win
over the Central Americans at
the CONCACAF Under-17 qual-
ifiers in Panama in 2013.
"We know it will be a diffi-
cult contest because Costa Rica
needs to win also and they are at
home but getting a result is not
impossible for us."
So far the USA has also lost,
going down 1-0 to Panama on
Saturday. Mexico has won its
two games, 3-0 over Antigua/
Barbuda and 5-0 over Canada.
Haiti also has a win after beating
St Kitts/Nevis 5-1.
The top two teams from each
group in the classification stage
will qualify for the 2017 FIFA
U-20 World Cup, with the group
winners also advancing to the fi-
nal to decide the champions of
the CONCACAF U-20 Cham-
pionship. The top two teams
from each group in the group
stage advance to the classifi-
The competition will de-
termine the four CONCACAF
representatives at the 2017 FIFA
U-20 World Cup in South Korea,
as well as determine which two
Caribbean nations participate in
the 2018 Central American and
T&T Under-20 Head Coach Brian Williams. PHOTO:
Goalscorers David McDougall, third from right, and Kevon Woodley, second from left, back row pose with their team-mates.
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA lost
to Honduras 1-4
ANU -- Luther Wildin 57th.
HON -- Jamarlie Stevens 8th
o.g, Douglas Martinez 47th,
Darixon Vuelto 60th, Jorge
CANADA lost to Mexico 0-5
MEX -- Francisco Cordovo
36th, Ronaldo Cisneros
40th, 64th, Claudio Zamudio
81st, Eduardo Aguirre 92nd.
CHAMPIONSHIP -- GROUP A
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