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SVG Under-20 female ballers to clash with T&T


St. Vincent and the Grenadines Under-20 female footballers ventured out to the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Group A qualifiers in St. Lucia earlier this week.

The unprepared Vincentians were scheduled to meet the host in the second of the double header at the Mindoo Phillip Park, last Wednesday night. {{more}}

Trinidad and Tobago and Grenada were carded to play earlier that evening.

St. Vincent and the Grenadines play Trinidad and Tobago from 5 p.m. today, followed by the St. Lucia versus Grenada match up.

Sunday’s final round pits St. Vincent and the Grenadines against Grenada and St. Lucia versus Trinidad and Tobago.

There was a mad rush by local football authorities here last weekend, to put the 18-member squad together for the St. Lucia sojourn.

The squad which comprises mainly students, began its preparation during the latter part of the final school term, however much was not done since, hence the haste to participate, rather than incurring a fine from the regional football body.

While this country was tardy in its preparation, two of its opponents were busy getting fine tuned as well as engaging in warm up matches.

Most of the local girls will be drawing on their skills and experiences gained February last year, when they were beaten 0-9, on aggregate in home and away matches by Puerto Rico.

The squad assembled includes sixteen of the 18 players involved in the Puerto Rico tie.

Rickesha Douglas and Anastascia Osborne are the goalkeepers selected.

The defenders named are Jonelle John, Natalie Cato, Roxanne Hannaway, Kendra Providence, Alicia Pilgrim, Shevon John and Coreen Yorke.

Casi-Anne Cupid, Mishka Quashie, Matika Ferdinand, Samantha Carrington and Osana Williams were selected as the team’s midfielders. Completing the team are strikers – Kamala Alleyne, Aikira Samuel, Karel Simmons, and Annashime Arthur.

Technical Director and Head Coach of this country’s football set up Zoran Vranes travelled with the team, along with assistant coaches Kevin Richardson and Andre Roache.

Deborah King of the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation’s office headed the touring party as manageress.

The winner of the group advances to the final phase of the competition to determine a champion and representative in the CFU at CONCACAF competition.