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A T&T Under-15 players dribbles past Jamaica during a practice match, on Sunday, at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella. - TTFA Media

THE T&T Under-15 boys football team drew 1-1 against Jamaica in a practice match at Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella on Sunday.

Both teams used the 80-minute match as preparation for the Concacaf Boys Under-15 Championships next month in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Owen Jumpp opened the scoring in the 38th minute before T&T found the equaliser in the 60th minute through Akeil Vesprey.

T&T coach Shawn Cooper, speaking to TTFA media, said, “A very interesting game. I think our boys showed some heart coming down in the dregs of the game. The last 15, 20 minutes they really took the game to the Jamaicans.”

Cooper was satisfied with his team’s defence.

“I think our defensive organisation was pretty much spot on…what we wanted to do is keep shape.”

Looking at the team’s strength, Cooper said, “We are very solid at the back and we have some pace on the wing and upfront. I think we still need to be a little more solid in the middle of the field. In saying so we had two starters out today – the captain Seth Hadeed and Percy Foncette – both of them are normally starters on the team.”

Cooper commended their replacements saying they did “a pretty good job.”

Jamaica coach Andrew Peart said, “I think it was a good game from our team…the field was a little bit harder than what we are used to so that kind of impacted how efficient we could have managed to keep the ball and create some scoring opportunities, but overall I thought it was a good game.”

T&T and Jamaica will face off in a second warm-up match on Tuesday at Manny Ramjohn Stadium.

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