Trinidad and Tobago hit back in fine four-goal fashion as they completed a 4-0 victory over Barbados in their latest 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Needing to win to revamp their chances of advancing to the next phase following their 2-1 loss to Bermuda on Friday, the “Soca Warriors” got a welcomed hattrick from AS Trencin winger Lester Peltier (7th,55th, 62nd) and one from W Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector (90th) to move to nine points, one behind Guyana who got an 81st minute equalizer to hold Bermuda 1-1 in Hamilton. Ricky Shakes, who played in a friendly for T&T in 2006, was their scorer on the night.
T&T got the quick start they needed with Peltier’s goal on seven minutes. The player ran onto a ball knocked over the Barbados defence and placed his shot well past goalkeeper Jason Boxhill.
The goal was well received by the 3,500 odd fans at the venue and T&T looked set to have a go at their opponents. But the “Bajans” were not prepared to go down easily and roughed up the T&T players on occasions as they tried to unsettle Otto Pfister’s men. At one point, in the 21st minute, Pfister rushed off the bench to appeal after Carl Joseph upended Peltier near the touch line. Jamaican referee Raymond Bogle cautioned Joseph but maybe should have dished out a couple more in order to send an early message to the visitors who continuously used that approach as the half progressed.
Joseph had Barbados’ first attempt at goal, a snap effort from atop the box which went wide of Marvin Phillip’s goal in the 20th.
T&T maintained a fair amount of possession but did not create as many clear cut chances on the attack as they would have hoped for. On 31 minutes, defender Seon Power, usually solid, was robbed of possession by Ramuel Miller just outside the box but he dragged his effort wide in a hurried attempt.
Barbados actually forced two corners near half time, the last one being bundled wide of the far post by Neil Harvey.
T&T looked a lot more busy going forward on the resumption with Pfister introducing Hayden Tinto and Hughtun Hector into the team at the expense of Keon Daniel and Devorn Jorsling who partnered skipper Stern John in the forward line.
On 53 minutes, John’s ball ended up in the six yard but Power’s connection only led to the ball going over bar from close up.
Two minutes later Peltier punished Barbados when he ran forward on a long ball played up and his presence allowed him to capitalize on a mishap with Boxhill and he made no mistake slotting home for a 2-0 T&T lead.
It wasn’t too long before John had a wonderful opportunity to triple T&T’s advantage when he was well positioned to meet an incoming right side ball only to see his shot denied by Boxhill’s legs.
Another well played ball for the onrushing Peltier saw T&T go 3-0 up. The Trencin man collected well and moved towards goal unchallenged before clinically hitting home.
T&T were now in control and mounting attack after attack on the visitors. Peltier went looking for goal number four, rushing into the box and leaving his man nicely before shooting against a defender.
Barbados still tried to pull a goal back, trying to forward when they could. Substitute Diguan Adamson shot into the side net on 84 minutes. Moments earlier, Peltier played one for John who got around the advancing ‘keeper but ended up too deep and was unable to get good look at goal. He found Tinto but Barbados scrambled the ball to safety.
Hector then finished it off in style, pushing forward and cheekily chipping the advancing Boxhill for T&T’s fourth goal of the evening. (Photo shows Peltier in action vs Barbados/Anthony Harris,October 11,2011)
Trinidad & Tobago: - 1.Marvin Phillip, 4.Akeem Adams,5.Julius James,20.Seon Power, 6.Osei Telesford, 11.Kevin Molino (12.Kendall Jagdeosingh, 75th), 8.Khaleem Hyland, 13.Lester Peltier, 19.Keon Daniel (10.Hayden Tinto, 46th), 9.Devorn Jorsling (15.Hughtun Hector, 46th), 14.Stern John (capt).
Unused Subs: 21.Jan-Michael Williams, 2.Clyde Leon, 17.Mekeil Williams, 18.Andrei Pacheco.
Barbados: - 1.Jason Boxill, 2.Barry Skeete, 16.Emmerson Boyce (capt), 5.Kimelle Burgess, 7.Carl Joseph (4.Diguan Adamson, 25th), 8.Renaldo Marques (14.Dwayne Griffith 62nd), 10.Norman Forde, 9.Neil Harvey, 17.John Parris, 13.Ramuel Miller (11.Tristan Parris 46th), 18.Sherian Grosvenor.
Unused Subs: 23.Bently Springer, 3.Jonathan Straker, 6.Louis Moss, 15.Kyle Givson.