Bermuda face crunch clash against Jamaica
Bermuda face a must-win match this afternoon against Jamaica in the Concacaf Caribbean Women’s Under-17 qualifying tournament in Haiti after drawing 2-2 with Trinidad & Tobago on Monday.
Despite twice taking the lead through striker LeiLanni Nesbeth in each half, Trinidad managed to salvage a draw with a late equaliser in the opening group F game.
It leaves Bermuda needing a win to top the group when they face Jamaica at the Stade Sylvio Cator in Port-au-Prince.
Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica then play the final group match on Friday, with the winners advancing to the Concacaf Championship final next year in Nicaragua.
Also playing in the qualifiers are host nation Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico in group G, with Haiti beating Puerto Rico 3-0 in their opening match.
Puerto Rico and Cuba play tonight in the second match of the double-header at the Stade Sylvio Cator.
The winners of the two groups will advance to the finals, while the two second-placed teams meet each other in the third-place play-off to decide the third qualifier.
That match will take place on Sunday, ahead of the final between the two group winners.
Canada, Mexico and the United States are automatic qualifiers along with the host nation Nicaragua and the Central American zone winners. Panama, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Honduras are competing in qualifiers on October 24, 26 and 28 in Panama. The three Caribbean zone qualifiers will compete in the eight-team tournament. Bermuda previously played Jamaica at the Caribbean Under-20 Women’s qualifiers at the National Stadium in July, losing 2-1 to bow out of the competition. Aaron Denkins, the Bermuda Under-20 coach, is coaching the Under-17 side in the absence of Naquita Robinson who was unavailable.
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