|T&T PUT THREE PAST BARBADOS|
|Trinidad and Tobago finished strongly to take its unbeaten run to eight matches with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Barbados at the Marvin Lee Stadium on Sunday evening.
Goals by Jamal Gay (41st), Devon Jorsling (87th) and substitute Aklie Edwards (90th) did the job for the “Soca Warriors” against a Barbados team that used some new faces as well as they prepare for their upcoming 2010 World Cup qualifier against United States.
The 2,500 odd fans at the venue would have been anticipating more excitement for much of the second half after the buzz set about by the half time announcement of the England 31-man squad named by Fabio Capello for the upcoming friendly international .But they had to wait a while before cheering further after T&T didn’t set the stadium alight until the closing stages. Midfielder Keon Daniel enjoyed his time in the middle with some timely deliveries forward including the service for Gay's opening goal.
T&T looked the better of the two teams in the first half, enjoying the majority of possession and stroking the ball around confidently and purposely. Gay had the first try at goal in the 13th minute when his low left footer went inches wide. Two minutes later Khaleem Hyland’s shot was deflected wide and then Makan Hislop headed over. Kern Cupid also had his effort pushed out by custodian Adrian Chase as T&T pressed for the opener.
On the half hour mark Jerol Forbes also sent a powerful left footer goalwards from the edge of the box but Chase was up to the task.
The “Bajans” hustled around but there was hardly a threat on the T&T goal line until Jonathon Straker brought the best out of Marvin Phillip in the 31st minute. Straker rushed down the right and cut inside before unleashing a left footer which seemed heading for the left corner of the net only for a lunging Phillip to push out for a corner.
Gay then separated the teams four minutes before the interval. He ran on to a long ball from Daniel and beat the advancing goalie before making sure from close up to send T&T ahead 1-0. A minute later, Khaleem Hyland turned his man neatly before firing a low effort towards Chase.
The second half didn’t offer much for either teams in the early stages with Barbados coming closer to hitting the mark after Anton Pierre missed an incoming left side ball but Phillip advanced to stop the incoming shot by the Bajan forward. Walton Burrowes also went close but could only direct his effort wide of the right post from the centre of the box.
Some of the T&T legs were now evidently weary and Francisco Maturana made three changes on 65 minutes. The backline which included debutant Ancil Farrier, held steady but were allowing Barbados to get closer on goal as the minutes ticked on.
Down the stretch T&T came to life again. Gay whipped one over after some strong work on the right corner and Jorsling met it well to head into the far corner for a 2-0 lead. And then Edwards, in the squad as a last minute replacement for the injured Akeem Adams, was on spot to nail a rebound after Jorsling's hard work created the chance for him to shoot off the post. (Jerome Peters, May 12, 2008. Photo shows T&T start team vs Barbados)
21. Marvin Phillips, 2. Kern Cupid (13. Kareem Smith 65th), 4.Makan Hislop (5.Keyeno Thomas, 65th), 6. Anton Pierre (capt), 7. Khaleem Hyland, 12.Stephan David, 14. Jamal Gay (18. Aklie Edwards, 89th), 15. Ancil Farrier, 16. Kevon Carter (17.Atulla Guerra), 18. Jerol Forbes (11.Devon Jorsling, 65th), 19. Keon Daniel. Subs not used – Glenroy Samuel, Romauld Aguillera,
1. Adrian Chase, 2. Dyson James, 3. Jonathon Straker, 7.Rondelle Vaughn, 8. Malcolm Marshall (15.Arantees Lawrence, 75th), 10. Norman Forde (capt), 11. Kieran Crichlow, 12. Greg Belle, 13. Bryan Neblett, 14. Walton Burrowes (9.Madalitso Mkoloma, 66th), 17. John Parris. Subs not used – 4. Brent Carrington, 5. Omar Archer, 6. Barry Skeete, 18. Omari Eastmond.