Port of Spain, Trinidad – History was made in the twin island state of Trinidad & Tobago as the Soca Princesses defeated rivals Jamaica to claim the inaugural CFU’s Women’s Caribbean Cup with a 1 – 0 victory.
It was a carnival like atmosphere in the Hasely Crawford stadium as hundreds of supporters came out to witness history. Both teams started off the match with a high tempo as Jamaica threatened their opponents goal almost immediately.
But it was tournament MVP Mariah Shade who scored in the 8th minute, who would be the difference between the two teams. The host nation throughout the first half would keep a high tempo as this seem to be too much for the Jamaican team.
But the Reggaegirls were no pushovers during the match as they also provided a stern test, as they kept Trinidad’s defense occupied as they attacked relentlessly looking for an equalizer. In the second half Jamaica continued to ask questions of the Trinidad’s defense but defender Arin King and her team, who were yet to concede a goal during the tournament were simply too organized.
Jamaica came close to finding an equalizer in the 90th minute, when a dangerous cross was sent into Donna-Kay Henry but her shot was put wide of the mark. Soon after the final whistle blew and Trinidad & Tobago were crowned Champions of the Inaugural Women’s Caribbean Cup 2014.
Earlier in the 3rd place match Haiti overcame Martinique with a 5 – 1 victory. Haiti opened the scoring in the 15th minute and Wilsin Dolce added the second goal of the half in the 45th.
Martinique replied with goal from Kelly Brena in the 64th minute. Haiti’s Manoucheka Pierre-Louis added a third goal in the 70th and Kensie BOBO finished the scoring in the 72th minute.