Wed, Aug

Panama edges host T&T in TTFA Youth Invitational opener.

Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 15 Boys team took the lead twice but could not hold on as Panama completed a come from behind 5-4 victory over the hosts in the second game of the opening double header in the 2019 TTFA Youth Invitational tournament at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday night.

The match was witnessed by an enthusiastic and appreciative crowd as the young ‘Warriors’ put on a gritty display and found the net in style to the delight of the home fans who had been waiting for something to cheer from the Red,White and Black for quite some time. Earlier in the day Mexico scored two second half goals to defeat Venezuela 2-0.

The Panamanians got double items from from Rafael Di­az and Rey­mun­do Arauz after T&T went ahead in the 17th minute to send the stadium into a frenzy. Josi­ah Wil­son’s cross from a corner was turned into the goal by Pana­ma de­fend­er Fe­lix Ariza in his mis-attempt at clearing.

Soon after T&T goalkeeper Kanye Lazarus was called into action to deny Rafael Diaz. On 27 minutes the visitors would storm back. Rey­mun­do Arauz got past two men before firing past Lazarus to level the scores. and ten minutes later they were 2-1 ahead when Diaz was brought down in the penalty area by Molik Khan. Diaz nailed the resulting penalty.

T&T didn’t drop their heads and were back in it when Khan converted from a left side corner by Abdul-Quddoos Hypolite in the 41st.

Both teams came out after the interval looking to seize the initiative. T&T moved ahead when captain Jaheim Marshall found time and space and picked his spot well as he fired home with thunderous effort leaving Panama goalkeeper Ivani Pitty with no chance.

Panama kept pace with the hosts and would pull away, punishing T&T for napping.Arauz was un­marked in the 69th minute when he was served a lift­ing ball in­side the area and took it nice­ly on the chest be­fore beat­ing ad­vanc­ing goal­keep­er Lazarus. There were appeals for an offside but the goal stood.

Evans Zu­ni­ga made an­oth­er search­ing run down the right flank and whipped in a cross that Emanuel Igle­sias slot­ted in for a 4-3 lead. An unmarked Arauz then sent Diaz through as he shot past Lazarus to put the visitors 5-3 ahead.

Nathaniel James gave T&T late hop of salvaging something from the match when he moved past the Panama defence before slotting home three minutes from time.

T&T tried to steal a late equaliser and had a couple half chances near the end that didn’t go in.

All in all, an encouraging display from the young team that will meet Venezuela on Friday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.


Panama 5 (Rey­mun­do Arauz 27th, 69th, Rafael Di­az 37th-Pen, 73rd, Emanuel Igle­sias 70th) v T&T 4 (Fe­lix Ariza 17th Own-Goal, Mo­lik Khan 41st, Ja­heim Mar­shall 69th, Nathaniel James 87th)

Mexico 2 (Jésus Moreno 72nd, Gael Bernal 83rd) v Venezuela 0


P  W  D  L  F  A  Pts
Mexico  1  1  0  0  2  0  3
Panama  1  1  0  0  5  4  3
T&T  1  0  0  1  4  5  0
Venezuela  1  0  0  1  0  2  0

Fevrier's Post Match Comments after T&T U-15's opening loss to Panama

Teams Starting Line-ups

T&T: 1.Kanye Lazarus; 2.Christian Bailey, 4.Jaron Pascall, 5.Tyrik Trotman, 3.Dawn St Rose (12.Kriston Stafford 82nd); 6.Jaheim Marshall (capt), 8.Molik Jesse Khan (15.Dantaye Gilbert 78th); 7.Abdul-Quddoos Hypolite (17.Jaheim Faustin 52nd), 10.Nathaniel James, 11.Josiah Wilson; 9.Ja-Shawn Thomas.

Unused Substitutes: 18.Tristan Edwards, 20.Jared Ed­mond; 13.Kassidy Davidson, 14.Jovonn Gomes, 16.Caleb Borneo, 19.Isaiah Thompson.

Head Coach: Stu­art Charles Fevri­er.

Panama: 21.Ivan Pitty; 2.Wiluam Chacon, 3.Felix Ariza, 5.Carlos Ruiz, 7.Abraham Mejia, 9.Zinedine Diaz, 10.Reymundo Arauz, 14.Omar Dominguez, 15.Ricardo Sanchez, 16.Aimar Butcher (capt), 17.Caleb Garcia.

Substitutes From: 12.Vincente Obando, 1.Gustavo Fernandez; 4.Omar Burrowes, 6.Estarlin Villaverde, 8.Evans Zuniga, 11.Emerson Rivas, 13.Rafael Diaz, 18.Emanuel Iglesias.

Head Coach: Jorge Santos.


Battling T&T U-15s downed by Panama 5-4.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).

De­spite a fight­ing dis­play, T&T’s Un­der-15 foot­ballers re­ceived a bap­tism of fire in their open­ing match of the T&T Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion's In­vi­ta­tion­al Youth Tour­na­ment against Pana­ma at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in Bal­main, Cou­va, go­ing down to Pana­ma 5-4.

Pana­ma got a dou­ble strike each from Rafael Di­az and Rey­mun­do Arauz to spear­head the win.

The young T&T de­vel­op­ment team, un­der coach Stu­art Charles-Fevri­er, set­tled in nice­ly in the ear­ly mo­ments and lift­ed the crowd to its feet when Josi­ah Wil­son de­liv­ered a pin-point cross from a cor­ner that Pana­ma de­fend­er Fe­lix Ariza fired in­to his own goal as he at­tempt­ed to clear in the 17th minute.

The Pana­ma­ni­ans could have equalised al­most im­me­di­ate­ly af­ter but af­ter Rafael Di­az was put through an open T&T de­fence, he shot straight in­to the out­stretched leg of goal­keep­er Kanye Lazarus.

The Pana­ma­ni­ans took con­trol of the match soon af­ter and mount­ed a se­ries of at­tacks. They got the break­through in the 27th when Rey­mun­do Arauz drib­bled past two de­fend­ers on top the area and ri­fled his shot past Lazarus in­to the roof of the net.

From an­oth­er build-up in the 37th minute, the Pana­ma­ni­ans went ahead for the first time when Di­az raced in­to the T&T penal­ty area and was hacked down by Mo­lik Khan, caus­ing ref­er­ee Glad­wyn John­son to point to the penal­ty spot. Di­az then picked him­self up and beat Lazarus with a pow­er­ful low shot to the bot­tom left cor­ner.

How­ev­er, the ju­nior So­ca War­riors would not be de­nied the equalis­er and four min­utes be­fore the break, Khan made amends for giv­ing away the penal­ty when he turned Ab­dul Hy­po­lite's left-side cor­ner past the Pana­ma goalie to send the teams to the break lev­el at 2-2.

There­after, T&T lift­ed their per­for­mance and was re­ward­ed for it when cap­tain Ja­heim Mar­shall was giv­en room some 20-yards out and un­leased a thun­der­ous shot that beat the out­stretched dive of Ivani Pit­ty in the Pana­ma goal.

But an un­ex­plain­able pe­ri­od of lapse from the T&T de­fence then re­sult­ed in two goals for the Pana­ma­ni­ans. Arauz was un­marked in the 69th minute when he was served a lift­ing ball in­side the area and took it nice­ly on the chest be­fore beat­ing ad­vanc­ing goal­keep­er Lazarus.

And ex­act­ly a minute lat­er, Evans Zu­ni­ga made an­oth­er search­ing run down the right flank and whipped in a cross that Emanuel Igle­sias slot­ted in for a 4-3 ad­van­tage.

The vis­i­tors sought to ex­tend their lead in the 73rd minute af­ter Arauz was again left un­marked when a pass was lift­ed to him and he re­leased to Di­az, who hit a shot that took a de­flec­tion off Tyrik Trot­man be­fore beat­ing Lazarus.

But T&T had one last mo­ment of mag­ic for the fans when Nathaniel James weaved his way past a crowd of Pana­ma de­fend­ers be­fore slid­ing it past the on­rush­ing goal­keep­er in the 87th minute.