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