Trinidad and Tobago have their busiest day yet at the Pan Am Games entering Day 7 today in Toronto, Canada, two of their three athletes are also in action today, second day of the IAAF World Youth Track and Field Championships in Cali, Colombia and the franchised TT Red Steel cricket team face a searching test of their quality and status in another home match tonight in the CPL T-20 tournament.
Out of medal collection so far with swimmer Dylan Carter coming closest with a fifth place finish in the final of the 100-metres freestyle, TT field challenges today in beach volleyball (men and women pairs), cycling (featuring top gun Njisane Phillip), golf (team and individual), men’s hockey, sailing and swimming.
After last night’s fifth-placing by Akanni Hislop in semifinal round of the Boys 100-metres event, Hislop sees his teammates shot putter Akidah Briggs and sprinter Khalifa St Fort start their bid for precious metal today in Colombia.
The athletes and cricketers – TT Red Steel facing the Barbados Tridents from 8 o’ clock tonight at the Queen’s Park Oval, can draw inspiration from the continuing forward march of the national football team who last night featured in one of the most exciting matches in CONCACAF Gold Cup history. And TT’s envious status as being unbeaten so far as well as being the Group C leader over archrivals Mexico and the first in the Group to book passage to the quarter-final round.
In a thrilling night match last night in the Gold Cup, Yohance Marshall scored in the final seconds of injury time to rally Trinidad and Tobago from a pair of second-half deficits to earn a 4-4 draw with Mexico in one of the wildest matches in tournament history.
Trinidad and Tobago had to come from behind twice in a furious second half . They trailed 2-0 early in the half but then scored three unanswered goals to take a 3-2 lead in the 67th minute.
Mexico then scored two goals just two minutes apart to regain a one-goal lead heading into three minutes of injury time. That helped set the stage for Marshall`s heroics on the last play of the game.
The sequence started with Trinidad and Tobago midfielder Joevin Jones taking a corner kick.
Despite being pelted with water bottles thrown by Mexican fans, he got the kick off and it eventually ended up in the middle of the penalty area where Marshall was able to get his head on it.
“This was bitter sweet. But we had the fighting spirit to come back in the end,” said Trinidad and Tobago forward Kenwyne Jones.
Marshall`s equalizer gave Trinidad and Tobago first place in Group C with seven points. They advance to play Panama on Sunday in New Jersey.
The four goals was the most Mexico had ever given up in a Gold Cup game and it was also the highest scoring tie in tournament history.
Mexico finished second and will face Group B runner-up Costa Rica on Sunday.