T&T Tie Panama

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Trinidad Guardian

Trinidad and Tobago tied Panama 2-2 in a international friendly in Panama City. The game was minus Stern John and Ancil Elcock who were forced to stay behind in Columbus due to club commitments.

On the good side, the tie by T&T keeps them undefeated for the year with eight wins and one tie. The game also featured the debut of young goalie Kelvin Jack. Jack is considered to be one of the best goalies to come out of T&T for sometime. With Jack T&T has remarkable depth at goalkeeper which includes Clayton Ince, Shaka Hislop, Michael McCormie and David Austin.

Speaking after the game national team manager Richard Braithwaite stated that he was extremely pleased that the Under-23 players, in particular Hector Sam, Marlon Rojas, Travis Mulraine, Nigel Pierre, Kerwyn Jemmot and goalkeeper Kelvin Jack were able to hold their own.

"It was really nice to see we could do well without a number of the overseas players. It was an excellent experience for the younger players. We are not complaining but the conditions were pretty rough. While we would have preferred a win, this kind of trip surely did wonders for the team. "

The game was not without some injury Port Vale midfielder Anthony Rougier was forced to withdraw from the action midway through the first half following a blow above his right eye by the Panamanian goalkeeper. After receiving medical treatment, Rougier complained of feeling dizzy and was bleeding profusely. Mulraine replaced him and controlled the midfield well under the circumstances according to Braithwaite. Pierre also received a knock which caused excessive swelling to his left eye.