Cuba, led by a brace from Ollancy Gainz, slammed Grenada 7-2 in the opening game in Group A of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women's Under-20 Championship at Waterhouse Stadium in Drewsland yesterday.
Gainz scored in the 17th and 68th, while there was a goal apiece from Yoanne Gonzalez (22nd), Roxane Goicochea (24th), own goal from Samantha McSween (54th), Aidachi Marraro (81st) and substitute Taida Aguilar (87th). Cherine Hood scored a double for Grenada in the 31st and 33rd minutes.
Cuba started well and dominated early. They raced into a three-goal lead within the first 24 minutes, but Grenada fought back with two quick goals within two minutes.
However, Grenada suffered a blow when Hood injured her right knee and was substituted late in the first half.
In the second half, Cuba picked up the tempo and outclassed Grenada with a good display. They continued the dominance and added four more goals to run out easy winners.
Josť Elejalde, coach of Cuba, was satisfied with his team's performance and result.
"It was a satisfactory result. We were a little tired from the travelling, but if it was a better opponent, we would have to play much better," Elejalde told The Gleaner via an interpreter.
His Grenadian counterpart, Kennedy Phillips, blamed the rough flight for the heavy loss.
"Our flight preparation was rough. We dropped in Montego Bay and had to drive five hours to Kingston," Phillips said.
"We had a slow start, then our main striker was injured and that was a major setback for us. However, we should be better prepared for the next game," he added.
In the second game of the double-header, Trinidad and Tobago slammed Anguilla 3-0, courtesy of goals from Chanisa Camajo (33rd), Patrice Campbell (42) and Anique Walker (48th).
The CFU Women's Under-20 Championship continues today with a double-header in Group B at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex. Suriname tackle Dominican Republic at 4 p.m., to be followed by Jamaica against St Kitts-Nevis at 6 p.m.