Thursday, January 29th 2009

A last minute goal by Puerto Rico Islanders attacking midfielder Kendall Jagdeosingh pushed Trinidad and Tobago to their second win in as many matches as they came from a goal down to beat Argentine Primera club Tigre 3-2 in a training fixture at the club’s stadium in San Isidro yesterday morning.

Goals by player/coach Russell Latapy (33rd minute) and Cornell Glen (70th minute) kept T&T in a good position throughout the match before Jagdeosingh finished off a good build-up with a well taken left footed shot from inside the 18-mtere box to give the «Soca Warriors» the win. A minute before that, Tigre levelled the scores at 2-2 when Matias Jiminez converted an 87th minute penalty after Makan Hislop handled inside the penalty area.

The game was the visitors’ toughest thus far as the second placed team in the Argentine league played all but three of their regular first team starters, including Paraguayan international midfielder Nestor Ayala who had the T&T defence constantly on the alert.

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Despite the victory, head coach Francisco Maturana was cautious.

«For me it’s difficult to be happy after the win but I think the boys deserved to be applauded for how they have progressed here so far and in particular with the today’s performance.

«What will be sad for me is that ten players from here will have to go home before we go to El Salvador and I think it is very hard to send them home. It will not be easy to make those decisions,» Maturana told TTFF Media.

Assistant coach Latapy said yesterday’s game was definitely the toughest of the tour.

«We had to work harder today but we knew that would be the case because it’s the strongest team we’ve had to play.

«They came second in the league last year and today we saw for ourselves that they are a quality team. But credit to the boys for holding up well and coming away with the victory. This can only do our confidence good and it’s good to see the boys stepping up. This is good preparation and good options for us going into the El Salvador match.»

Trinidad & Tobago Express

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