T&T Under-15s squandered a 2-0 half-time lead to fall 2-4 to Guatemala when the Concacaf Boys Under-15 Championship continued at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, USA on Thursday.
Coming off a third-place finish in their Division One four-team round-robin after losing to Costa Rica, and Portugal both by 3-0 margins and drawing 1-1 with neighbours Barbados, the Stuart Charles-Fevrier T&T boys were eager to get the first win.
And they got the perfect start when Ja-Shawn Thomas beat goalkeeper Fausto Delgado as early as the first minute with a close-range shot.
The T&T coach made early changes with Molik Khan, Nathaniel James and Isaiah Thompson replacing Abdul Quddoos-Hypolite, Kassidy Davidson and Dantaye Gilbert.
And Khan almost extended T&T's lead when his attempt was just tipped over by Delgado.
However, from the resulting corner, Rodrigo Villalobos turned the ball into his net to hand Caribbean nation a 2-0 cushion.
However, just as in their previous match against Portugal, in which they conceded three second-half goals, the T&T boys ran out of steam and the Central Americans took full advantage with three goals inside four minutes.
First, Chrisphian Estrada cut T&T's lead in half on the hour mark while Joshua Trigueno headed in the equaliser two minutes later, before Estrada banged in a second in the 64th for a 3-2 Guatemala lead.
With ten minutes left in the clash, Anderson Molina made it 4-2 Guatemala from which T&T could not recover.
Speaking after the match, Charles-Fevrier was direct in his comments and said he accepted full responsibility for the results of the team.
"I will not run away from it or hide from it. The players gave everything that they had, they played well,' he continued.
He added, "As I said early, it's a process, it's a development and they could learn from this. I just hope going forward we will be able to continue playing at that level of competition".
Going forward, the St Lucian-born Charles-Fevrier said he is keen to bolster the squad and has initiated plans to do so to have some fresh personnel in the camp when training resumes.
Trinidad & Tobago: 1. Kanye Lazarus (GK) (18. Tristan Edwards 35’), 2. Christian Bailey, 4. Jeron Pascall, 6. Jaheim Marshall (Captain) 7. Abdul Quddoos Hypolite (8. Molik Khan 36’), 9. Ja-Shawn Thomas, 11. Josiah Wilson 12. Triston Stafford, 13. Kassidy Davidson (10. Nathaniel James 36’), 15. Dantaye Gilbert (16. Isaiah Thompson 36’), 17. Jaheim Faustin
Unused Substitutes: 3. Dawn St. Rose, 5. Tyrik Trotman, 14. Deshawn Brown.
Guatemala: 12. Fausto Delgado, 2. Eli Rodríguez (17 Jarod Martínez 50’), 3. Diego Betancourt, 4. Juan Mancilla, 6. Jorge Gordillo (11. Joshua Trigueño 62’) , 7. Daniel Asturias, 8. Rodrigo Villalobos (Captain), 10. Chrisphian Estrada, 14. Hugo Castellanos (18. Anderson Molina 36’), 9. Manolo Juárez (15. Emilio Korich 42’), 16. Santiago Sánchez
Unused Substitutes: 1. Javier Mejicano, 5. Diego Villatoro, 13. Gianluca Faillace.