DR downs Aruba to set up Jamaica clash

SAN CRISTOBAL, Dominican Republic, – Hosts Dominican Republic set up a virtual final with Jamaica when they whipped hapless Aruba 7-0 on Friday in the CONCACAF Under-17 Women’s Championship.

Playing in their opening game of Group D, the DR were propelled by a brace from Anajaira Claudio as they dominated the encounter at the Estadio Panamericano from start to finish.

On Sunday, they will face Jamaica who stormed to a 9-0 win over Aruba in their opening game on Thursday.

Claudio put the hosts ahead in the 34th before Lorena Chala de la Rosa (41st) and Yessica Alcantara (44th) added goals just before half-time to give their side a 3-0 lead at the break.

Aruba managed to keep the DR attackers at bay on resumption but then ensured a nightmare seven-minute spell when they conceded three goals.

Gabriela Pena got the first in the 63rd and two minutes later, Yiraldy Reyes found the back of the nets. Aruba’s Donnevier Luitjes then beat her own goalkeeper in the 69th as they went 6-0 down.

Claudio put the icing on the cake for the DR two minutes from the end to take a step towards qualification for the eight-team CONCACAF finals next year.

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