Trinidad and Tobago Under 20 Women rebounded from their opening training match loss to Dominican Republic to defeat Puerto Rico’s Under 20s 3-0 in Santo Domingo on Monday evening.
A hattrick from captain Afiyah Cornwall did the job for the T&T side which produced an improved showing as preparations continues ahead of its opening CONCACAF Under 20 Women’s championship match against St Kitts/Nevis on February 22nd.
Cornwall struck in the 18th, 19th and 36th minutes.
Though the game carried no worth in terms of points towards the championship, there was a fair amount of significance brought by the victory with this being the first by any national team against an international opponent under the current administration led by President William Wallace and will certainly serve as a moral booster heading into the opening match against the Kittitians.
“We had a much improved performance today scoring three goals in the first half and we actually should have scored a lot more,” Hood told TTFA Media after the match,
“Afiyah Cornwall was fantastic for the team scoring a hattrick and is leading the team by example. She is working extremely hard on both sides of the ball.
“Our organisation was much better today, pressing of the football and defensive organisation was a lot better.Movement on the ball and off the ball was better but we still have some work to do. Fitness is still a concern but we are improving. We had a couple days with good work on both sides of the ball and we saw the benefits of that in today’s game. The opponent was not quite as tough physically as Dominican Republic but they are a decent technical team. Our organisation today was the difference in our performance in the two games. It’s a work in progress and we continue to work towards improving going into the competition,” Hood added.