Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 17 women footballers are seemingly peaking just in time for the start of the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup as they produced a scintillating performance in their final warm-up international to whip European second placed team Republic of Ireland 3-0 at the Pine Island Soccer Complex in Fort Lauderdale on Saturday evening.
“Playing all their regular starters did not help them much. Our girls put on some relentless pressure on the Irish passing game and organized some attacks that always seemed to cause a lot of damage in their defensive end,” the Norwegian continued.
Ryce scored a header on the first post, Simmons was on spot to tap home T&T’s second item while Charles put T&T 3-0 ahead with a spectacular diving header.
“These last games with an unbeaten streak of 3 international wins (all against WC teams) should provide the confidence that is much needed. Most importantly, the team would now realise that we are on the right track,” Pellerud added.
“There is no need of any dramatic changes in approach and training regime over the next week, which would have been a very unfortunate conclusion if we had performed poorly today.
The camp here in Miami has already proved to have been of crucial importance to us, and I thank all that made this camp possible in the last minute.
“We will now train here over the next day or so and return to Trinidad late Monday. We look forward to settle down in our team hotel and calmly prepare for this phenomenal event in Trinidad & Tobago. We seem to be ready for this big challenge.
“It’s a great result for us but we are well aware that the matches in the World Cup starting with the opening one on September 5 is of most importance so we will not allow this result to make us feel we have reached our highest point. We will continue to focus on getting the job done during the World Cup,” Pellerud concluded.
T&T also defeated Barry University’s Women’s team 4-1 in a friendly on Thursday night. They will face Chile at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on September 5 at 6pm before taking on fellow Group A opponents Nigeria on September 8 at 7pm at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium and Korea DPR at the Ato Boldon Stadium on September 12 at 6pm.
“The girls put on an inspired performance against a quite good team from Barry, a team that fielded some good international players as well, including a member of the Puerto Rico senior team,” Pellerud told TTFF Media.
“The game gave us an opportunity to play a more composed game, and our passing game was much improved. The midfielders and strikers tested their shooting skills all match long.
T&T were up 3-0 at half time through goals by Diara Simmons, Jasmine Sampson and Kayla Taylor. The game eventually ended 4-1.
Meanwhile, with the kick off of the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup less just over a week away, the excitement and the tension is building slowly and all systems are in place for this country’s hosting of fifteen of the top Women’s teams which will begin arriving here from Friday night through to September 4. The first of the arriving teams will be 2008 World Champions and Group.
A campaigners Korea DPR. The Koreans will touch down at the Piarco International Airport in two batches, the first arriving at 9:45pm on Friday and the second at 11:25am on Sunday.
The last two arriving teams will be Germany and Chile on September 4. The T&T team, currently at a training camp in Ft Lauderdale where they played Republic of Ireland on Saturday, will return home on August 30 while Ireland will get here on September 2.
The teams will be accommodated at the Hilton Hotel, Crowne Plaza and Mr Irvine Bay Hotel in Tobago. And among the training pitches that will be used by the teams aside from the stadia, include Presentation College Ground, Chaguanas, Woodford Lodge, Queen’s Royal College, Arima Velodrome, Fatima College, WASA Recreation Ground, St Mary’s College, UWI Spec I and II, St Anthony’s College and in Tobago – Montgomery and Plymouth Recreation Grounds and Shaw Park.