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Self focus - Reggae Girlz hunt second win against unfamiliar Bermuda

Published:Monday | August 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMMark Stamp/Gleaner Writer
Jamaica’s Deneisha Blackwood (front) shoots as Antigua and Barbuda’s players look on during their CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Qualifier at the National Stadium in Kingston on Saturday night. Jamaica won the game 9-0.
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Jamaica will look for their second consecutive win when they face off against Bermuda in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women's World Cup Qualifier at the National Stadium today at 7 p.m.

In the first game of the double-header, Antigua and Barbuda tackle Cuba at 4 p.m.

Fresh off a massive 9-0 victory against Antigua and Barbuda at the same venue two days ago, the Reggae Girlz are heavily favoured against Bermuda, who will play their first game in the Caribbean final phase of the qualifiers.

With five Caribbean nations vying for three spots in the CONCACAF stage in the US next October, Jamaica have made a bright start.

Led by top striker Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw, who scored a hat-trick in the opening fixture, the Bermudans are not expected to trouble the Jamaicans.

Assistant coach Lorne Donaldson said that his team will have to step it up in the remaining games.

"We will just focus on us. We always look forward to the next game. We don't know much about the Bermudans, so we will go out there to focus on us," Donaldson told The Gleaner after the game Saturday night.

 

IMPROVEMENT NEEDED

 

Reflecting on the big win against a weak Antigua and Barbuda outfit, Donaldson said his team needs to step up as they can play better.

"We won the game, but I thought we were average. We want to improve on this performance. I don't think we are close to our best, so we need to improve," he added.

Shaw apart, other players expected to lead the way tonight are Trudi Carter, Deneisha Blackwood, captain Konya Plummer, Lauren Silver, and Marlo Sweatman.

In the first game on Saturday, Trinidad and Tobago edged Cuba 3-2 in an exciting encounter.

Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago lead the group on three points apiece. However, the Reggae Girlz have a superior goal difference.

The United States will welcome the region's top women's national teams for the 2018 CONCACAF Women's Championship, which will crown a regional champion and qualify three teams directly for the FIFA Women's World Cup in France next year, plus the fourth-place finisher to an intercontinental play-off. The Women's Championship is scheduled to be played October 4-17, 2018, in Cary, North Carolina; Edinburg, Texas; and Frisco, Texas.

Points standings

Teams P W D L GF GA GD Pts

Jamaica 1 1 0 0 9 0 9 3

Trinidad & Tobago 1 1 0 0 3 2 1 3

Cuba 1 0 0 1 2 3 -1 0

Antigua & Barbuda 1 0 0 1 0 9 -9 0

Bermuda 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0