It was a tough opening night for the Trinidad and Tobago Under-17 women football team at the 2017 CONCACAF Caribbean Women’s Under-17 Qualifier in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on Monday evening as they came from behind twice to earn a 2-2 draw against Bermuda, in their Group F meeting.
With most of the players just recovering from food poisoning, the TT squad put up a fight to ensure they left the Stade Sylvio Cator with a share of the points.
Bermuda opened the scoring in the 21st minute through Lei Lanni Nesbeth with a neat, low finish at the near post. TT co-captain Sarah De Gannes levelled the scores in the 61st with a beautiful shot from outside the box into the top corner but moments later Nesbeth restored Bermuda’s lead. However, it was substitute Aaliyah Prince who equalised for TT with an 89th minute item after she fought her way past three Bermudan defenders and placed a low shot into the corner of the goal.
Prince commented, ‘It’s always a privilege to help my team and even though we wanted the win we are still happy to leave with a point. Now we have to put that game behind us and focus on Jamaica.’’
Speaking after the encounter coach Jamaal Shabazz was very realistic. “It is clear that we are a step or two behind the teams in this tournament. It is our ability to stay organised, (it’s) grit and determination that are keeping us in the game. Where their legs ran out in this match, they applied their hearts and we were able to get a point.”
TT will next face Jamaica on Friday.