T&T U17s close Jamaica tour with 1-0 loss to Mt Pleasant Academy

The Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-17 Team closed off their tour to Jamaica yesterday evening with a 1-0 defeat to the Mount Pleasant Academy in St Ann’s, Jamaica.

The young Soca Warriors played three times in Jamaica and, on each occasion, a solitary goal separated the two teams.

Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Alejandro Harper (right) tries to block a cross during friendly international action against Jamaica in Kingston on 3 April 2024..
(via TTFA Media)

Trinidad and Tobago won their opening encounter against Jamaica 1-0 last Friday before suffering a 2-1 loss to the junior Reggae Boyz on Sunday.

Yesterday, a first half penalty was the game’s decisive moment after Trinidad and Tobago defender Antonio Hills was whistled for a foul.

Otherwise, there was little goalmouth action with coach Shawn Cooper’s team again organised and resolute at the back.

Cooper used all 22 squad members yesterday, with some players’ involvement limited by minor knocks.

Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 head coach Shawn Cooper (background) speaks to his players before kickoff against Jamaica in Kingston on 3 May 2024.
(via TTFA Media)

The national coach already voiced his satisfaction with the team’s showing, despite travelling without several of his more experienced players like Caden Trestrail, Criston Gomez, Makaya Taylor, Adam Pierre and Stephen Ollivierie.

Hills, a versatile, 14-year-old left-sided central defender, missed out on the 2023 Concacaf Under-15 Championship but is believed to have acquitted himself well in Jamaica.

His Naparima College teammates Jaydon Caprietta, a pacy left back, and 13-year-old forward Adasa Richardson also announced themselves with promising showings in Jamaica—as did Presentation College (San Fernando) student and Point Fortin Youth Academy player Jimally Renne, who can operate in central defence or midfield.

The National Under-17s return home at 8.40pm tonight at the Piarco International Airport.

The Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 team pose with former West Indies and Trinidad and Tobago cricket legend Deryck Murray in Kingston, after their 2-1 loss to Jamaica on 5 May 2024.
(via TTFA Media)

(Squad x Mt Pleasant Academy)

Trinidad and Tobago (5-4-1): 1.Mikhail Clement (GK) (21.Necose Moore [GK]); 2.Jeremiah Daniel, 3.Salim Soanes (13.Keston Richards), 6.Jimally Renne, 4.Antonio Hills, 5.Jaydon Caprietta (15.Dimitre Jones); 7.Jasai Theophilus (23.Seth Hadeed), 10.Nikosi Foncette (captain) (19.Eran Mc Leod), 8.Alejandro Harper (18.Antuan Louison [12.Jayden Christophe]), 20.Akel Vesprey (11.Riquelme Phillips [14.Josiah Simmons]); 17.Kyron Baptiste (16.Adasa Richardson [9.Jonathan Mason]).

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  1. We scored two goals in three matches, adopting a defensive strategy and posture even against a club team, conceding four and losing twice. You can’t pick little kids, play for results that don’t come, and then point to the age of the team. From my outsider’s perch, it seems to me that the entire strategic approach to the building and preparation of this team, for a three to five match tournament, is arbitrary and confused. Where is the technical committee? The objectives of any development programme or campaign should be decided by the technical committee.

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