Trinidad and Tobago gave up a first half lead to Panama, being turned away 2-1 losers in the first of two friendlies at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Thursday night.
Both teams came together for a much needed warm-up and the stage was set for an interesting encounter with T&T fielding a team inclusive of a few of its experienced players led by captain Tasha St Louis and youngsters such as Shenelle Arjoon and Naomie Guerra.
T&T struck first in fine fashion when Arjoon clinically headed home in the 31st minute, following a proper right-side delivery by former France-based pro Mariah Shade. T&T’s lead which came against the run of play as Panama settled earlier, lasted just over five minutes as Panama captain Natalia Mills tied t up with comfortable finish
And three minutes before the break, Laurie Batista scored what turned out to be the winning item.
T&T were without the injured duo of goalkeeper Kimika Forbes and Arin King.
Both teams will meet again from 4pm on Saturday at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. Tickets cost $20 and will be on sale at the venue.
Trinidad and Tobago
1.Nicolette Craig (GK); 8.Patrice Superville, 2.Ayana Russell (3.Anastasia Prescott 83′), 5.Jenelle Cunningham (6.Natasha St Louis 74′), 7.Jonelle Cato; 14.Karyn Forbes, 10.Tasha St Louis (captain); 9.Mariah Shade (15.Kedie Johnson 84′), 11.Janine Francois (13.Shenieka Paul 83′), 12.Shanelle Arjoon; 17.Andrea Young (18.Naomie Guerra 46′).
Subs not used: 21.Tenesha Palmer (GK), 16.Nathifa Hackshaw.
Head Coach: Jamaal Shabazz
Panama ‘1.Yenith Bailey (GK); 16.Katherine Lineth, 4.Hilary Jaen, 5.Yomira Pinzon, 3.Maria Murillo; 2.Laurie Batista (7.Yasil Atencio 84′), 14.Aldrith Quintero; 6.Kenia Rangel, 19.Natalia Mills (captain) (11.Maria Guevara 69′); 9.Karla Riley (10.Schiandra Gonzales 84′), 15.Lineth Cedeno (18.Erika Hernandez 68’).
Subs not used: 12.Sasha Fabrega (GK), 8.Rebeca Espinoza, 13.Onelys Alvarado, 17.Anuvis Angulo.
Head Coach: Victor Suarez
Referee: Crystal Sobers