Barbados seal important win in Concacaf U17 Women's qualifiers
Barbados U17 Women’s football team have one leg into the next round of the Concacaf Women’s U17 Qualifiers.
Last night at the Barbados Football Association (BFA) Wildey Turf, the young lady Tridents defeated Group C title challengers St Kitts & Nevis 1-0.
This was a significant victory for Barbados as St Kitts were considered group favourites after their opening day 10-0 victory over the United States Virgin Islands (USVI).
Barbados are tied on four points with Belize, who defeated USVI 5-0 after they tied 1-1 with Barbados last Wednesday night.
A victory over bottom-placed USVI will see Barbados earn seven points and almost a certain spot into the next round.
It was an evenly poised game for the opening 30 minutes, however, St Kitts were offered some space on the flanks as Barbados were contented to protect the middle of the park.
Jahzara Claxton, Ellie Stokes and Trishanie Walker displayed speed and competent technical ability to take on the Barbados wing backs and deliver threatening crosses. However, the no-nonsense duo of captain Oliana Bishop and Keinelle Johnson thwarted all of the opposition’s attacks.
Barbados best chance came in the second half when forward Ryah Dates’ left footed effort was saved on the line by defender Glencia Battice.
Bishop provided a moment of brilliance in the 45th minute to separate the teams and earn three valuable points for the home girls.
Bishop’s 35-yard free kick eluded the leap and right hand of Kittian goalkeeper Carmen Rangel and the ball went into the top left hand corner to spark mass celebration throughout the stadium.
Barbados will face USVI on Sunday at 7 p.m. while Belize and St Kitts & Nevis meet each other at 4:30 p.m.