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T&T U-17 women lose 3-1 to Panama in first international for two and a half years

The Trinidad and Tobago Women’s National Under-17 Team made their international debut on Thursday evening with a 3-1 loss to Panama at the Luis Ernesto Cascarita Tapia Stadium, which is the training field for the Estadio Rommel Fernandez in Panama City.

Jessica Harragin gave the Women Soca Warriors a dream start with a goal after just nine minutes. However, Panama hit back with strikes from Shayaris Camarena and Yarelis Palacio in the 14th and 20th minutes respectively while Regina Espino rounded off the scoring with a penalty in the 82nd minute.

Photo: The Trinidad and Tobago National U-17 Team pose before kick off against Panama on 25 July 2019.
(Copyright Panama Football Federation)

The two nations meet again at the same venue on Sunday.

For the Trinidad and Tobago ladies, Thursday’s event was their first international fixture despite having started training in January 2017. In July 2015, the women infamously missed the chance to compete at the Concacaf Under-15 Championship due to late visa applications by the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

New head coach Stephan De Four described the two match mini-tour to Panama as useful. The games were hastily arranged last week after the TTFA failed to secure games for the Under-17 women at the recently concluded TTFA Invitational Youth tournament.

“It was not a bad showing by the girls considering it was the team’s first international match and first match outside of home,” De Four told the TTFA Media. “We really started preparing for this game less than two weeks ago. I thought the girls handled themselves well.

“We had a good start which saw us going ahead through a goal by Jessica Harragin but that was short-lived against a well-prepared Panama team. They were back in it right away.

“But I was pleased with certain aspects of our play and there are something we can build on and improve on going into the second game on Sunday. Overall it was a good exercise for us.”

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