Reggae Girlz punch ticket to Concacaf Women’s Championship
Khadija Shaw scored a brace to Jamaica against Trinidad and Tobago on Friday.
Jamaica's Reggae Girlz booked their spot in the Concacaf Women’s Championship (CWC) after beating Trinidad and Tobago 4-1 on matchday four of the final round of the Caribbean Zone of Concacaf Women’s Championship Qualifying, on Friday at the National Stadium in Kingston.
The Reggae Girlz sit atop the five-team table with a 3W-0D-0L, 9 points, 17GF, 1GC record, while Trinidad and Tobago remain in the mix for a CWC spot in third place at 2-0-1, 6, 9GF, 6GC.
It was far from easy for Jamaica, which trailed 1-0 when Kayla Taylor scored her sixth goal of CWCQ.
But the hosts would finish strong, starting with Giselle Washington who pulled Jamaica level 1-1 in the 70th minute. Nine minutes later the Reggae Girlz were in the lead thanks to Khadija Shaw, who then scored her second in the 89th minute to make it 3-1, giving Shaw 14 goals in CWCQ.
Jamaica capped the festive victory with Jody Brown notching the fourth and final goal in the 90+2’.
In the day’s first match, Bermuda collected their first win in the final round with a 5-0 triumph over Antigua and Barbuda.
Akeyla Furbert (14’), Nia Christopher (44’), Deshae Darrell (76’, 81’) and Teyah Lindo (87’) scored for Bermuda, which now sit in fourth place at 1-0-2, 3, 5GF, 6GC and stay in the hunt for a spot in the CWC.
Antigua and Barbuda concludes its CWCQ participation with a 0-0-4, 0, 0GF, 26GC record.
The Caribbean Zone of CWCQ wraps up on Sunday with Trinidad and Tobago squaring off against Bermuda, while Jamaica clash with Cuba.
The top three finishers will automatically qualify for the 2018 Concacaf Women’s Championship scheduled for USA October 4-17, 2018.
The Concacaf Women´s Championship 2018 CWC will determine the three Concacaf teams to the Confederation that automatically qualify for next summer’s 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup in France, while the fourth-place team will play a playoff against Argentina, third place finisher from Conmebol in a World Cup playoff.