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T&T, Panama women play to 1-1 draw

The home team en­joyed a 1-0 ad­van­tage at the half-time in­ter­val but they were made to work even hard­er when it re­sumed

Goals on ei­ther side of the halves from strik­er Ken­nya “Ya Ya” Cord­ner for T&T and Ca­ri­na Bal­trip of Pana­ma, re­spec­tive­ly, as­sured both teams fin­ish their in­ter­na­tion­al friend­ly clash 1-1 at the Ato Boldon Sta­di­um in Bal­main, Cou­va on Mon­day.

How­ev­er, both teams had strong op­por­tu­ni­ties to claim the win but were pre­vent­ed by ei­ther im­pres­sive goal­keep­ing or lack of com­po­sure.

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The match was just sev­en min­utes old when strik­er Cord­ner found her­self at the end of a long search­ing ball from Vic­to­ria Swift, that goal­keep­er Faris­sa Cor­do­ba let through her grasp.

This cou­pled with an equal­ly dis­as­trous de­fen­sive blun­der by Yir­si Salas, al­lowed Cord­ner in with the sim­ple task of slot­ting the ball in­to an emp­ty net for a 1-0 T&T ad­van­tage.

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De­spite a goal­less draw last week from an ex­pect­ed ner­vous start, the lo­cal team looked more con­fi­dent and pur­pose­ful from the start this time around. But the vis­i­tors, af­ter shak­ing off the jit­ters, mount­ed a suc­ces­sion of at­tacks that eas­i­ly could have led to the equalis­er.

Mid­way in the half, the T&T cus­to­di­an Kimi­ka Forbes went out­stretched to hold on to a rasp­ing dri­ve by Schi­an­dra Gon­za­lez. And in the 34th minute, ref­er­ee Ce­cile Hinds point­ed to the penal­ty spot when Deysire Salazar was hacked down from be­hind by Swift in the area.

Pana­man­ian mid­field­er Mar­ta Cox then saw her ini­tial at­tempt kept out by a div­ing Forbes, and still with the goal at her mer­cy, Cox blast­ed the re­bound over the cross­bar.

The fluc­tu­at­ing af­fair tilt­ed in T&T’s favour in the 42nd minute with Forbes‘ op­po­site num­ber Cor­do­ba beat­en by Karyn Forbes‘ thun­der­ous dri­ve, on­ly for the up­right to save the Pana­ma­ni­ans.

The home team en­joyed a 1-0 ad­van­tage at the half-time in­ter­val but they were made to work even hard­er when it re­sumed.

Cox, the ar­chi­tect of most of the Pana­man­ian at­tacks, was again giv­en room to move as she de­liv­ered a pin­point ball to the back of the T&T de­fence for Lenith Ce­de­no storm­ing down the right flank. But af­ter tak­ing it nice­ly in her stride, Ce­de­no sent her at­tempt wide of the goal.

Lat­er in the 77th, it was Ce­de­no again who raced through from an ear­li­er clear­ance and with on­ly Forbes (Kimi­ka) to beat, Ce­de­no hit a weak shot that failed to pose any kind of trou­ble.

Cord­ner, who had gone silent for a por­tion of the match, had a gold­en op­por­tu­ni­ty to seal the win but she muffed an at­tempt from in­side the area.

The match seemed to be head­ing for a 1-0 T&T win un­til Bal­trip rose un­chal­lenged to head home from a right-side cor­ner in the 88th minute to lev­el the score.

How­ev­er, the T&T women had the last say at a win­ner, as sub­sti­tute Lau­rell Theodore gal­loped through the Pana­man­ian de­fence and with the goal gap­ing in front of her with just the Pana­man­ian cus­to­di­an to beat, she put it wide.

T&T Women’s Team (x Pana­ma):

1 Kimi­ka Forbes (GK), 4 Rhea Bel­graves, 20 Lau­ryn Hutchin­son, 8 Vic­to­ria Swift, 12 Chel­cy Ralph, 7 Liana Hinds, 14 Karyn Forbes, 3 Aaliyah Prince, 10 Ochelle Anya de Cour­cy, 11 Rae­nah Camp­bell, 19 Ken­nya Cord­ner.

Sub­sti­tutes: 21 Tene­sha Palmer (GK), 22 Malai­ka Dedi­er (GK), 2 Col­lette Mor­gan, 5 Meyah Romeo, 13 Den­necia Prince, 15 Lau­relle Theodore, 19 Naomie Guer­ra, 23 Adri­an­na Ar­joon, 16 Janelle McGee.

Coach: Ken­wyne Jones


1 Faris­sa Cor­do­ba, 2 Yiris Salas, 3 Ca­ri­na Bal­trip, 4 Kather­ine Castil­lo, 5 Yomi­ra Pin­zon, 6 Aldrith Quin­tero, 7 Deysire Salazar, 8 Lau­rie Batista (C), 9 Kar­la Ri­ley, 10 Mar­ta Cox, 11 Yva­ma­ra Ro­drigue, 12 Na­dia Ducreux, 13 Izau­ra Try­hane, 14 Yere­nis De Leon, 15 Susy Cassi­no­va, 16 Whit­ney De Obal­dia, 17 Yamileth Pala­cio, 18 Ana Quin­tero, 19 Lineth Ce­de­no, 20 Schi­an­dra Gon­za­lez

Coach: Igna­cio Quin­tan