It was the senior Lady Tridents who shone brightly at the end of last night’s encounter against Suriname.
Playing at the Dr Franklin Essed Stadion in Paramaribo, the women ended their encounter with a 1-1 draw against their opponents, when Marissa King converted a penalty in the 74th minute.
The senior women have been starved of competition for the last three years and are looking to use these games as much-needed practice, heading into the Concacaf W Championship Qualifiers which acts as a qualifier for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
While the women looked in fine form and held on to the ball, they were momentarily derailed in the first half when Orthea Riley was the first to get on the scorecard. But the women, led by head coach Mario Harte, were not to be sidetracked and came back to level the playing field in the second half after King was fouled in the penalty area.
Of note was 17-year-old Daphne James-Watson who made her senior debut tonight. Watson-James enjoyed a sterling performance in the midfield and is certainly one to watch for the future.
Also making debuts for the senior side were Adrienne Forde, Reyna Cummins, and Kerisha Catlyn.
On the men’s side of the fence, the Bajan Tridents conceded a goal in the starting minutes of the second half.
However, the Russell Latapy led side gave an impressive performance after having no competition since their outing at last year’s Concacaf Gold Cup. With an experienced starting 11, led by Mario "Bagga" Williams, the men defended and stood resolute against Suriname for the remainder of the game.
Making their senior debuts were 16-year-old custodian Justin Griffith, who took over from long-standing goalie Kishmar “Pop Pop” Primus during the second half, and who also kept Suriname at bay. Also debuting for the senior side were Xavier Clarke and Shay Prescod.
Following yesterday’s encounters, the Lady Tridents will face Suriname again tomorrow evening at 3:30 p.m., and the Bajan Tridents will face the Guyana Jaguars directly after at the same venue.