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Clarke brace puts Jamaica
women past hosts
HAMILTON, Bermuda -- Ebony
Clarke scored in each half as
Jamaica beat Bermuda 2-1 in
their CONCACAF Caribbean
Women's Under-20 Group B
qualifier at the National Sta-
dium on Sunday night.
The Reggae Girlz went into Sun-
day's group decider with a superior
goal difference over the hosts after
trouncing Curaçao 10-0 on Friday
night following Bermuda's 5-1 win
over the same opponents two days
earlier. St Lucia's late withdrawal
had reduced the group to three
Canada-based Clarke put the
well-organised visitors ahead in
the third minute with a shot from
the edge of the box that flew past
goalkeeper Micah Pond, who frus-
trated the visitors with a string of
fine saves during the game watched
by more than 2,000 fans.
Deshae Darrell drew Bermuda
level on the hour when she outpaced
the Jamaican defence to stroke the
ball past advancing goalkeeper Syd-
Parity lasted only five minutes,
however, before Clarke scored the
winner for the visitors.
Jamaica will now join hosts St
Kitts and Nevis and the other two
group winners from Haiti and Do-
minican Republic in the final qual-
ifying stage in November ahead of
the 2018 championship.
Jamaica captain Emily Caza ad-
mitted her side were caught off
guard by Bermuda's quality.
"We always felt confident of
achieving our goal," she said af-
"We knew if we worked hard we
would have enough to win, although
I'll admit we maybe underestimated
Bermuda a bit.
"The early goal took the pressure
off but we were still frantic at the
beginning because of the compe-
tition they gave us."
Bermuda captain Eva Frazzoni
struggled to hold back tears af-
ter the final whistle but said she
believed she and her team-mates
had won the hearts of the fans who
packed into the stadium's main
"We left everything out there and
we really thought it was our time,"
the midfielder said. "It's really hard
to not make it through."
Defence Force got goals from
Jamaal Goodridge and Josimar
Belgrave in the first half to defeat
League One champions FC Santa
Rosa 2-0 at the Arima Velodrome
on Sunday afternoon and move
to second place on the ten team
Guaya United however maintained
the lead on the 12-team table with 19
points, despite dropping two points
in a goalless draw with Queen's Park
CC at the Training Field of the Hasely
Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo at the
Playing at its new home ground at
the Velodrome, Santa Rosa's solid
defence was broken when Good-
ridge fired past their goalkeeper in
the 39th minute and Belgrave, who
is among the league's leading scorers
with five, sealed the victory on the
stroke of half-time.
The victory pushed the Army Coast
Guard Combination to 15 points,
which is two more than Santa Rosa,
but Santa Rosa's 'Big Cannons' may
feel comforted by the fact that they
have a game in hand.
At the training field at the Stadi-
um, unbeaten United, for the first
time failed to score in a match and
had to share the points 0-0 with the
Meanwhile, the University of T&T
were held 2-2 by Club Sando Moru-
ga at the Grand Chemin Recreation
Ground, Moruga. The home team
got a 3rd minute item by Kyle Mor-
gan that set off to a perfect start, and
another from Marcus John in the 10th.
However the University men ensured
themselves a share of the points with
a brace from Dillon Bartholomew in
the 30th and 45th.
At the WASA Headquarters in St
Joseph the home team got a double
strike from Michael-Lee Celestine in
the 10th and 14th minutes to defeat
1976 Phoenix by a similar 2-0 margin
while the Police got a single goal from
Chase Sealey on the stroke of half-
time to prevail over Cunupia FC 1-0
at the St James Barracks.
In another game Siparia Spurs
edged Tobago giants Bethel FC 3-2 at
the Fyzabad Petrotrin Sports Ground.
Darius Peters gave the Spurs the
opener in the 5th, but Bethel equalised
in the 20th and later took the lead in
the 35th minute. Chris Collins placed
the Spurs back on level terms in the
57th, before Dwayne Edwards sealed
the win for them in the 77th.
MALTA CARIB ALCONS CAMP
The Malta Carib Alcons led by its technical director and former national coach and player Alvin Corneal held the
first of two vacation football camps which took place from July 17 to 21 at Training Field at the Hasely Crawford
The Camp attracted 52 youths ranging from seven to 14 years old.
The participants were taken through various drills by former T&T technical director Anton Corneal and three
other community coaches which were invited.
The Camp will now shift its operations to the University of T&T campus in Valsayn from August 21 to 25. The
daily programme will commence from 9 am to 3 pm. Youth footballers from the community are also invited free
Alvin Corneal, left, and Anton distributes certification to participants at last week's camp. PHOTO: KEITH CLEMENT
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