Bermuda, Dominican Republic to meet for last knockout spot
Bermuda and hosts Dominican Republic will face a winner-takes-all situation when they meet in their final group F match at the Concacaf Women’s Under-17 Championship tonight to decide the last team from their group to advance to the knockout stage of the competition.
It looked like Bermuda might have a slight goal difference advantage after they lost 5-0 to Canada in Tuesday’s opening match, expecting that Dominican Republic, who were thrashed 10-0 by the Canadians in their opening match, would suffer another big loss in the later match on Tuesday.
However, Dominican Republic lost by a respectable 3-1 margin to Jamaica who thrashed Bermuda 7-0 on Sunday. The two scores mean that Bermuda and Dominican Republic remain pointless after their two wins and also have an identical -12 goal difference.
Dominican Republic produced an early surprise against Jamaica when they took the lead in the third minute through Maria Torreira.
Jamaica dug deep to avoid an upset, equalising on the half-hour mark through Tiny Seaton. It remained deadlocked at 1-1 until the final 20 minutes of the match when Jamaica scored twice to secure the win.
Dannique Wilson scored the go-ahead goal for Jamaica in the 70th minute and then Natoya Atkinson added an insurance goal in the first minute of stoppage time to secure their victory.
Jamaica and Canada qualified for the knockout stage with their second straight victories and tonight they will battle to see who wins the group. Canada have a better goal difference and need just a draw to secure top spot.
Canada dominated Bermuda on Tuesday before clinching a comfortable 5-0 win, with substitute Rosa Maalouf scoring twice, in the 70th and 86th minutes to join Amalia Villarreal of the United States on six goals in the battle for top scorer in the competition.
Clare Logan, Jade Bordeleau and Anna Hauer also found the back of the net for Canada as Bermuda spent most of the match defending in their own half as Canada forced 31 corners and had 38 shots on goal, hitting the framework five times.