Trinidad and Tobago used a big first half to power past Guyana, and advance to the CONCACAF Women’s Olympic Qualification semi-finals. Trinidad and Tobago won the match 5-1 at BBVA Compass Stadium to set up a semi-final clash against the World Champions on Friday.
The match was a virtual quarter final, with a win for either side sending them through to a likely match-up with the United States for a place in Rio. And it was Trinidad and Tobago who went for the match from the opening whistle.
It took just seven minutes for Trinidad and Tobago to open the scoring with Kennya Cordner managing the opener. A perfect pass from Ahkeela Mollon found Cordner who took a first touch, rounded the keeper and was left with a simple finish.
Just two minutes later Trinidad and Tobago was able to make it two, well in touch of heading to the semi-final. Mollon was able to lay off another assist as she gathered the ball and found Mariah Shade left wide open for a comfortable left-footed strike.
An unfortunate mistake from Justine Rodrigues at the back for Guyana allowed Trinidad and Tobago to make it three. Jenelle Cunningham got a shot on the left hand side of the box that Rodrigues effort to clear failed to stop, just deflecting it past the keeper to all but wrap up the match.
After working so hard for her team-mates, Mollon was finally able to get a goal of her own in the 21st minute. Mollon made a great run in to the box, and was played through by Tasha St. Louis, forcing Chante Sandiford to rush out, seeing Mollon send it past Sandiford, off the post and in for a goal.
Despite being so far off the pace for the whole of the match, right at the death of the half Guyana pulled a goal back in to the match. An error from Kimika Forbes saw her pass the ball directly to Bria Williams who hit a powerful shot from distance with Forbes well off her line, making it 4-1 at half-time.
That gave Guyana some hope of a comeback in the second half but Trinidad and Tobago came out from the break determined to hold on. That saw Guyana starved of possession, while there were few chances in the second half.
In the 61st minute Trinidad and Tobago wrapped up the 5-1 win after Mollon’s shot was saved by Sandiford. But it only fell in to the path of Cordner, left wide open, allowing her to easily finish from close range and win the match.