The Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Under-20 Team scored twice in stoppage time to snatch a last gasp 3-2 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines on Thursday in their opening Concacaf Championship fixture at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
The junior Soca Warriors trailed for 75 minutes out of the 90 minute contest. Yet, somehow, they managed to come away with three points as substitute Mark Ramdeen and playmaker Judah Garcia struck late to stun “Vincey Heat.”
he haphazard nature of Trinidad and Tobago’s preparation looked evident early on, as St Vincent and Grenadines set the pace. Flanker Trivis Fraser looked dangerous every time he touched the ball, as he tormented Warriors full back Kerdell Sween throughout the first half. Sween was replaced by Jerrin Jackie at the interval.
Fraser created the first scare of the match in the ninth minute, as he slipped away from Sween and sprinted half the length of the pitch before ghosting past defender Justin Homer and firing low at goal.
It was a temporary reprieve as, in the 15th minute, Vincy Heat went ahead with an extraordinary goal.
The game was already two minutes into stoppage time when the substitutes finally made their presence felt.
Lee snuck behind a defender and crossed invitingly for Ramdeen, whose shot hit the post and rebounded against St Vincent and the Grenadines goalkeeper Jadiel Chance before going in.
Two minutes later, Trinidad and Tobago completed a dramatic turnaround. Ramdeen won a free kick deep into opposition territory and the Vincey defence seemed to have already switched off, as Garcia ran on to Rochford’s cross to finish with a deft flick.