Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-20 women rebounded from their opening training match loss to the Dominican Republic to defeat Puerto Rico’s Under-20s 3-0 in Santo Domingo on Monday evening.

A hat-trick from captain Afiyah Cornwall did the job for the T&T side that produced an improved showing as preparations continue ahead of their opening Concacaf Under-20 Women’s Championship match against St Kitts/Nevis on February 22.

Cornwall struck in the 18th, 19th and 36th minutes.

Though the game carried no worth in terms of points towards the championship, it will serve as a morale booster heading into the opening match against the Kittitians.

“We had a much improved performance today, scoring three goals in the first half and we actually should have scored a lot more,” Hood told TTFA Media after the game,

“Afiyah Cornwall was fantastic for the team, scoring a hat-trick, and (she) is leading the team by example. She is working extremely hard on both sides of the ball.

“Our organisation was much better today, pressing of the football and defensive organisation was (sic) a lot better.

“Movement on the ball and off the ball was better but we still have some work to do. Fitness is still a concern but we are improving. We had a couple days with good work on both sides of the ball and we saw the benefits of that in today’s game.

“The opponent was not quite as tough physically as Dominican Republic but they are a decent technical team. Our organisation today was the difference in our performance in the two games. It’s a work in progress and we continue to work towards improving, going into the competition,” Hood added.

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That’s an ancient, biblical statement.

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