The Trinidad and Tobago national under-23 football team stretched its unbeaten run to four successive matches as the visting squad held Jamaica 1-1 at the Edward Seaga Complex in Kingston on Wednesday night.
Caledonia AIA striker Trevin Caesar scored in the 67th minute, just six minutes after replacing club teammate Jamal Gay, to nullify a first half strike from Jamaica’s Kendon Anderson.
Gay and Caeser are joint top of the under-23 team’s scoring charts with five goals apiece since joining the squad and coach Angus Eve was in a positive frame of mind as the “Soca Warriors” prepare for Concacaf battle in the US.
“We started a bit slow and that’s always a challenge when you have the players coming back from their respective clubs,” Eve told the TTFF Media. “… I thought generally it was a strong performance against a good Jamaican team that included a couple of their senior players.
“We will play again on Friday (…) and I will be making some wholesale changes to the starting team because while we want to get that balance and maintain the motive of winning, we also want to give the other players a chance to show their value and to see how they deal with the different conditions.”
The 2012 Olympic hopefuls have lost just once in 11 outings under Eve with four wins and six draws against a variety of opposition.
Since a 1-0 qualifying win over Grenada on 19 July 2011, the Warriors faced Curacao, Dominica, Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay, Cuba, St Kitts, Suriname, Finland and Guyana before Wednesday’s match-up with Jamaica. Their only defeat was a surprise 5-2 qualifying loss to St Kitts.
T&T line-up against Jamaica:
Andre Marchan; Sheldon Bateau (capt), Kareem Moses, Leslie Russell, Joevin Jones, Jeromie Williams (Daneil Cyrus 69), Marcus Joseph (Curtis Gonzales 61), Jean Luc Rochford (Jomal Williams 61), Jayson Joseph, Jamal Gay (Trevin Caesar 61), Micah Lewis (Cameron Roget 69).