T&T Senior Women battle to 1-1 draw with Panama

Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior Women and Panama battled to a 1-1 draw in the second of two friendlies at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium on Saturday.

Patrice Superville gave the hosts a 57th minute lead when she timed her run to perfection to get on the end of Shenieka Paul’s reverse pass and slotted the ball into the back of the net

However, an 82nd minute free-kick by Kenia Villareal was enough to give the visitors an equaliser as the match ended 1-1 with both teams having a strong go in search of a late winner.

T&T  kept the early pressure on the visitors when Kedie Johnson’s eighth minute free-kick from the left flank forced a near-post save from Panama’s goalkeeper, Sasha Bosquez.

Chances kept presenting themselves for the hosts but Naomi Guerra’s shot went well over the cross-bar in the 12th minute while, two minutes later, a scramble for a loose ball in the six-yard box was only snuffed out by Bosquez.

Panama had their first real opportunity in the 19th minute but it was wonderfully intercepted by T&T’s defender, Ayana Russell. Panama had another golden chance in the 32th minute when their captain Natalia Urrunaga played an exquisite through ball for her teammate Rebeca Justavino, to be one on one with TT’s custodian Tenesha Palmer. But Palmer got her hand up in time to stop Justavino’s shot with her outstretched fingertips.

The second half saw the Panamanians piling on the pressure as they made a couple changes and tried to create chances of their own. Substitute, Kenia Villareal, danced her way through the middle of the field and unleashed a shot that was destined for the corner of the net in the 50th. Palmer got her fingertips on the ball and looked as though it would take something special to get the ball past her.

Superville gave the hosts a lead in the 57th minute after she timed her run to perfection and got on the end of Shenieka Paul’s reverse pass and slotted the ball into the back of the net. The goal opened up the game but both defences remained resilient.

T&T players celebrate their opening goal.

Panama were then awarded a free-kick in the 75th where another substitute, Yasli Rios, smashed the ball straight into the wall.  Yomira Rios took the responsibility moments later when the visitors were given another free-kick in the 82nd minute. The elder sister made no mistake when she rifled the ball onto the underside of the crossbar and the ball ricocheted past the line, into the back of the net.

T&T next scheduled set of matches are in April in the CFU Challenge Series where they will face Suriname on April 25th,  Grenada April 28th and and Guyana on April 30th.

Trinidad and Tobago : 21.Tenesha Palmer (GK); 7.Jonelle Cato, 2.Ayana Russell, 14.Karyn Forbes (3.Anastasia Prescott), 15.Kedie Johnson(13.Shenieka Paul); 8.Patrice Superville, 18.Naomie Guerra, 11.Janine Francois (6.Natasha St Louis), 12.Shanelle Arjoon (17.Andrea Young); 10.Tasha St Louis (captain), 9.Mariah Shade.

Subs not used: 1.Nicolette Craig (GK), 16.Nathifa Hackshaw.

Head Coach: Jamaal Shabazz

Panama  12.Sasha Fabrega (GK) (1.Yenith Bailey); 13.Onelys Alvarado (7.Yasil Atencio), 8.Rebeca Espinoza (16.Katherine Castillo), 5.Yomira Pinzon, 3.Maria Murillo (4.Hilary Jaen); 2.Laurie Batista (11.Maria Guevara),14.Aldrith Quintero; 6.Kenia Rangel, 9.Karla Riley (10.Schiandra Gonzales); 19.Natalia Mills (captain), 17.Anuvis Angulo (15.Lineth Cedeno)

Subs not used: 18.Erika Hernandez

Head Coach: Victor Suarez

Referee: Crystal Sobers

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