Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-17 footballers now have no chance of qualifying for the 2022 FIFA Under-17 World Cup after suffering another heavy defeat at the 2022 Concacaf Women’s Championships , Monday.
After losing 5-1 to Panama on Saturday, TT lost 4-0 to Nicaragua in Group C at the Felix Sanchez Olympic Stadium in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Monday.
Even if TT pull off a surprise win over Mexico in their final group game on Wednesday, it won’t be enough to advance to the knockout stage. The Concacaf Championships serve as a qualifier for the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup. The top three teams from the 20-team Concacaf tournament will qualify for the World Cup in India later this year.
Nicaragua were out of the blocks quickly opening the scoring in the third minute.
Adriana Munguia caught TT keeper Shaunda Sheppard on her line and buried the opportunity 30 yards out.
Nicaragua created more chances throughout the contest and earned the lion’s share of possession.
Nicaragua, just like Panama did against TT, tried many shots from outside the penalty area.
Sheppard made a few saves to counter Nicaragua’s attempts from range and also made a close range save in the 20th minute to keep the score at 1-0.
In the 24th minute, Daniela Manzanares converted a penalty to make it 2-0 for Nicaragua. Jhelysse Anthony handled the ball following a cross from a Nicaraguan player and the penalty was awarded.
TT tried a few counterattacks, but their last pass let them down several times.
Nicaragua continued to look more threatening in attack and in the first half they made it 3-0.
Jenifer Sarantes kicked the ball over Sheppard from a fairly tight angle as Nicaragua sailed on the break.
Marley Walker’s goal kicks for TT during the game didn’t reach the half line which put a lot of pressure on TT’s goal.
In the second half, Nicaragua didn’t create as many chances but still had the better part of the game.
TT had some bright sparks during the game. In the 58th minute, substitute Jeniceia Benjamin got a shot from six yards out but it was deflected for a corner.
TT gave up possession as they struggled to string together three or four passes in the game.
Nicaragua made it 4-0 when Stella Grace Villalta’s 25-yard strike found the back of the net in the 67th minute.
The Central Americans continued to fire from outside the box in search of a fifth goal.
In the 82nd minute, TT’s Nikita Jackson ran on a pass but stole his shot wide of the goal.
Nicaragua finished the game with 37 shots to eight by TT.