Adrian Frater, News Editor
Jamaica started their campaign in the CONCACAF Women's Under-17 Qualifying Football Tournament on a winning note last night when they defeated El Salvador 2-0 in the feature game of the tournament's opening double-header at the Catherine Hall Stadium, in Montego Bay.
In the opening game, the silky- smooth Mexico and the rugged Haiti battled to an enterprising 1-1 draw in a game in which the Mexicans missed a first-half penalty and squandered several second-half chances.
In the game between Jamaica and El Salvador, the local girls dominated the early exchanges but failed to make their dominance count.
After wasting the easiest of chances in the 34th minute when Lee-Fatt broke free on goal but somehow managed to clear the cross-bar with her shot, Jamaica finally broke the deadlock in the 43rd minute. Lee-Fatt made up for her earlier miss when she fired powerfully past the El Salvador custodian, making the half-time score 1-0.
In the second half, Jamaican continued to look the more composed of the two teams and were further rewarded in the 54th minute. The alert Lee-Fatt pounced on the ball that had earlier struck the upright and calmly slotted in, making the score 2-0.
"I am very satisfied with the result," said Jamaica's coach, Merron Gordon. "This is the perfect way to start the tournament ... I am really satisfied."
In the opening game, Haiti, which started the game looking quite sluggish, eventually settled down and were looking quite ominous when they took the lead in the 44th minute. Batcheba Louis won possession in the penalty area, turned sweetly lifted the ball over the goalkeeper's head and into the back of the net, making the score 1-0.
Mexico should have drawn level in stoppage when they were awarded a penalty after Haitian defender Soveline Beaubrun barged into the back of Mexico's Jacqueline Garcia. However, Eva González booted wide to leave the Mexicans trailing 1-0 at the half-time break.
In the second half, which was equally enterprising, the Mexicans got their all-important equaliser in the 66th minute. Vanessa Flores went high for a corner and nodded powerfully past the Haitian goalkeeper, making the final score 1-1.