Shaw inspires Reggae Girlz against T&T
A double strike by Khadija 'Bunny' Shaw led Jamaica to a come-from-behind 4-1 win against fierce rivals Trinidad and Tobago in the CONCACAF Caribbean Women's World Cup qualifiers at the National Stadium last night.
T&T went ahead when midfielder Kayla Taylor converted in the 10th minute. Jamaica pushed hard for the equaliser but the visitors held out.
However, Jamaica stepped up the pace in the second half and made several changes that lifted them.
Giselle Washington, who replaced Christina Chang in the 63rd minute, found the equaliser seven minutes later. Boosted by that goal, Shaw rounded Trinidad's goalkeeper Kimica Forbes and netted in the 79th minute.
Shaw scored again in the 89th minute, and, another substitute, 16-year-old Jody Brown, sealed the deal in stoppage time.
Jamaica's head coach Hue Menzies credited Wil Hitzelberger for the fitness level of the Reggae Girlz.
"We were in this situation before, against Haiti, and came back. All credit to the fitness coach. We got three more goals than them and that is important," Menzies said during a press conference.
Shaw, who pushed her tally to six goals, was pleased with the team's hard work that led to the victory.
"We never gave in and full credit to the team and coaching staff. I was rushing it in the second game, but tonight I was calmer and it paid off for the team," Shaw explained.
In the earlier game, Bermuda swamped Antigua and Barbuda 5-0.
The win pushed the Reggae Girlz to nine points and further cemented one of three spots in the CONCACAF final stage of the qualifier in the United States in October.
T&T remained on six points, the same as Cuba. Bermuda come next on three points, while Antigua and Barbuda have completed their four games without a point.