Trinidad and Tobago’s Under 17 Women’s team closed their two-match training camp with a 3-2 victory over Panama Under 17s on Friday at the Estadio Agustín 'Muquita' Sánchez.
The game was the second between both teams which are preparing for the CONCACAF final round of Under 17 World Cup qualifiers in Guatemala City next month.
T&T were at one stage leading the hosts comfortably 3-0 through goals by captain Anique Walker, Diarra Simmons and Marlique Assoon. But Panama hit back with two goals of their own to set up a close finish but the Even Pellerud coached T&T held on for the win.
The earlier game had been called off because of strong thunder and lightning after 55 minutes on Wednesday with the scores at 0-0 and when the second 45 minutes was played out the following day, T&T finished on top 1-0 through a goal by Walker who nailed the rebound after Khadidra Debesette’s shot came back off the crossbar.
Pellerud expressed some level of satisfaction with the team’s showing as they look ahead to the May 3rd opener against Mexico in Guatemala City, also facing the United States and Bahamas in their other two opening group encounters.
“I was pretty satisfied that we came away with the victory but I wasn’t happy that we allowed them to get back into the game with two goals with one being an own goal,” Pellerud told TTFF Media.
“Generally we were the better team as we also played positive in the second 45 minutes on Thursday but we have some tidying up to do in certain areas and we will continue to work on that when we get to Fort Lauderdale for the other training camp from Sunday.
“Panama proved to be excellent hosts and the games were useful in our preparations. We had a great opportunity to get in some match practice and now the girls have a better idea of what can be achieved once we play strong as a unit and believe in our ability.
The focus will be on the Mexico game now but we will of course play a couple more training games in Fort Lauderdale to fine tune for the tournament,” Pellerud added.