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St Louis saves Soca Princesses
T&T and St Kitts/Nevis shared the points from a 1-1 tied in a hotly contested Concacaf Caribbean Women's Qualifying encounter at the A to Boldon Stadium in Couva last night.
But the hosts had to come from a goal down to earn a hard-fought point in a match that they should have won by a wide margin.
St Kitts/Nevis got off to a flying start when defender Ayanna Russell handled the ball in the area in the first minute, and captain Phoenetia Browne stepped up to beat T&T's goalkeeper Saundra Baron from the spot.
The host had numerous opportunities to get the equaliser but failed to get the ball in the net.
Shade got a clear-cut chance when Patrice picked her out in the 28th minute Shade's attempt sailed over the crossbar. And later a neat build-up between Tasha St Louis and Janine Francois ended up at the feet of Jenelle Cunningham, but the defender's shot was pushed wide by Kyra Dickinson in the 32nd.
A minute later St Louis was put through but she shot straight to the outstretched legs of Dickinson.
After the break, St Louis has again gifted a chance at goal when Francois threaded one for her, but with the goal at her mercy, she again shot straight to the goalie.
But the skipper made amends when she curled one in from a free kick on the left side to level the scores in the 80th minute. T&T continued to attack and went for goal when Aaliyah Prince passed to Shade, whose attempt on goal was miraculously headed onto the crossbar before going out.
Both teams will now decide which team will advance from tomorrow's programme. T&T plays Grenada in the feature match at 6.30 pm and need to score as many goals as it can, while St Kitts will play the US Virgin Islands and they also need to score heavy to give their team a chance of qualifying out of the group. Only one team will advance to the next stage.
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