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T&T vs Honduras (06-July-2005).
Thu Jul 7, 2005 07:08

Honduras ties Trinidad & Tobago.
AP News.

Christopher Birchall and Maynor Figueroa exchanged first half goals as Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras tied 1-1 in a first round CONCACAF Gold Cup game Wednesday night.
Trinidad & Tobago grabbed the lead in the 27th minute after the Miller Lite Man of the Match Christopher Birchall launched a bullet from the top of the box after receiving the cross from teammate Jason Scotland.
Honduras notched the equaliser as as Maynor Figueroa converted the free-kick with less than two minutes left to play on the first half. Both teams had opportunities to break the deadlock late in the second half but a couple of misfired shots kept the match a draw.
Honduras' Wilmer Velasquez missed an open goal when his shot deep in the goal area sailed above the crossbar in the 72nd minute. Trinidad and Tobago's Collin Samuel hit the crossbar with his shot from 25 yards nine minutes later.
Samuel's shot proved costly for Honduras, losing starting goalkeeper Victor Coello on the play. Coello dove to stop the shot but fell awkwardly and remained on the ground, favoring his left shoulder. Reserve Junior Morales replaced Coello, who was diagnosed with a left shoulder separation.
Birchall opened the scoring with a goal at the 27th minute to put Trinidad and Tobago ahead 1-0. Birchall successfully converted on a shot from 25 yards, finding the upper-right corner.
But Honduras countered with Figueroa's game-tying goal in the 43rd minute. Figueroa blasted a low free kick from the half circle past a wall of defenders and goalkeeper Kelvin Jack.
In Wednesday night's first game at the Orange Bowl, Panama surprised Group A favorite Colombia with a 1-0 victory. Panama leads Group A with three points. The second set of first round games will be played Saturday.



21-Kelvin Jack - 24-Cyd Gray, 3-Avery John, 4-Marvin Andrews, 6-Dennis Lawrence, 7-Christopher Birchall, 9-Aurtis Whitley, 12-Brent Rahim, 18-Densill Theobald (20-Collin Samuel 65th), 10-Jason Scotland (15-Kenwyne Jones 70th), 14-Stern John (capt).

TRI Booked:
Brent Rahim 23rd, Avery John 54th.

1-Victor Coello (22-Junior Morales 86th), 2-Asthor Henriquez, 3-Mayor Figueroa, 6-Junior Izaguirre, 9-Jose Francisco Ramirez (11-Milton Nunez 46th), 10-Wilmer Velasquez (capt), 13-Mario Berrios, 14-Oscar Garcia, 19-Elvis Danilo Turcios (8-Wilson Palacios 65th), 21-Erick Vallecilo, 23-Mario Ivan Guerrero.

HON Booked:
Mario Berrios 90th.

Miller Lite Man of the Match:
Christopher Birchall (TRI).
T&T lacked rhythm says Beenhakker.
By: Shaun Fuentes.

Trinidad and Tobago coach Leo Beenhakker admitted that his team was “out of rhythm” in Wednesday night’s 1-1 draw with Honduras in the 2005 CONCACAF Gold Cup fixture at the Orange Bowl.
Panama’s 1-0 shocker over Colombia in the opening match stoke the spotlight but the T&T faithful may be a bit of a relieved bunch with the point after Honduras pressed them for much of the 90 minutes.
Despite Chris Birchall’s 27th minute stunner from 25 yards out to put the “Warriors” ahead 1-0, Honduras took the game to T&T and hardly eased off the gas leaving goalie Kelvin Jack needing to come up with some vital saves. Before T&T even went ahead, Stern John missed a sitter when his free shot from the top edge of the six yard box was saved by the goalkeeper. On 43 minutes, Jack was beaten by a thunderous free kick drive by Maynor Figueroa and then substitute Collin Samuel’s ripper went out off the top of the crossbar and goalkeeper Victor Coello dove to save and fell awkwardly, dislocating his left shoulder in the process. John didn't do too much and strike teammate Jason Scotland, despite playing the ball off well, did not deliver what Beenhakker had been expecting while Densill Theobald hardly troubled the opposition from the left side apart from his early volley which was deflected just wide of the far right post. Right side midfielder Brent Rahim deserved some credit for a gutsy second half performance.
As a result of the sustained pressure, Beenhakker said he was happy with the end scoreline.
“We played a hard game despite the fact that we were not too good in this game and I was pleased with that,” Beenhakker said in the post match conference.
“Most of our players are just back from a vacation and we had about eight days to train and we were a little bit out of our rhythm,” Beenhakker explained.
“I think we can only get better as the tournament goes along. I will be the first to confirm that we did not play well today. We lost a lot of balls and we did not have the sort of organization that we wanted. But once again, with six or seven players just coming out of holidays and playing the first game in a month, it is obvious that we need some much time. In football, you cannot look for a solution in training. It’s a method that you have to use in playing games and in that respect I was happy with the result. Honduras gave us a very good match but I expect that the team of Trinidad and Tobago will give a better performance in the next game,” he added.
When asked about whether it was a ploy to hit the ball into the strikers and home for others to play off them, the former Saudi Arabia coach said it occurred because of the players not being in the best condition.
“We made a lot of errors in keeping the ball and that is what I meant by talking about the consequences of not playing a game in a month time. We were not controlling it in the midfield and as a result we were using more of the long balls in some points of the game.”
Birchall, for his efforts including his maiden goal for T&T, was named the Miller Lite “Player of the Game”.
He was questioned by reporters about his thoughts on the match and also whether he was out of steam regarding a certain play when he almost turned the ball into his own goal
“We went into that game with a certain formation and we played to that but Honduras also played to a plan and they did pretty well against us. They did not make it easy for us and hopefully we can only get it better for the next game,” Birchall said.
“For me personally it was a bit of both with some fatigue. Luckily a goal didn’t result from it but we can only be better for the rest of the tournament,” the Port Vale player ended. T&T will train on Thursday morning at Barry University Ground and a second session is also scheduled in the evening at the same venue.
Up-Close with Flex.

T&T did good for a team that played with 5 players (Andrews, Jack, Lawrence, Brichall and Avery). Honduras never gave us a chance to settle in and Panama will be gunning for us especially since they beat group favorites Colombia, so the road will not be easy. I am disappointed with the way our team played and the coaches decision to continue to play players out of position, very poor indeed. We should consider ourselves lucky to even come away with one point. I wouldn't be to harsh on how the team played though as this was their first game since the last encounter with Mexico. T&T lacked rhythm and, at one time interest in the game, maybe a lack off fitness was at fault ? On a positive note, the team should get better as the tournament progresses. At-times they show glimpses of what they are capable of doing.

In a nut-shell:

Kelvin JACK: Had an out-standing game, left for dead many times and came up big, Jack justified his pick.

Cyd GRAY: Give his marker to much space, seems capable of playing the right wing better than the right defense. Hopefully Atiba Charles will be back.

Marvin ANDREWS: Had an ok game, made one or two simple mistakes, but worked hard.

Dennis LAWRENCE: Seems he love to make runs forwards, many times he try to make one/two exchange passes with other players but never got the return pass, did his job well in defense.

Avery JOHN: Like Gray, give his marker to much space at times, but did better than Gray defensive wise, seems frustrated at times as no one was there for the pass or throw-in.

Brent RAHIM: Had terrible first half, looked much better in the second, Carlos was missed, Rahim, like Theobald are central midfielders.

Aurtis WHITLEY: I don't think he is cut out to be a defensive midfielder. His tackles is very in-discipline.

Christopher BIRCHALL: Started slow, but made up, by far he seems the best midfielder on the team and the only player who isn't afraid to shoot the ball, Samuel apart. Oh yea, what a wicked goal, a top 10 nominee.

Densill THEOBALD: Why is Beenhakker continuing to use him on the left wing, had a terrible game but unlike Stern John, he did make one or two tackles that made up for his poor run forward. Our two wing backs Rahim and Theobald was killing our defense as they didn't help defend to often that caused Gray and Avery to commit them selves leaving Andrews and Lawrence to bite the bullet and in the process leaving tons of space in defense.

Jason SCOTLAND: Made one or two important tackles, lay off the ball well, needs to take his chances on goal and taking on defenders, in-fact shoot more. I expected more seeing that he is desperate to break into the T&T team.

Stern JOHN: There is no words to describe Stern John, seems he forgot how to play football. He made one good pass in the whole game and miss a sitter with the goal keeper at his mercy. Didn't show leader qualities at all, should be scraped of his captaincy and replaced by Angus Eve in the final 18 if he continues to perform so poorly. I cant understand this out-of-form John is showing, his overall performance is sickening, he should have been subbed for Glen for the entire second half.

Kenwyne JONES: Did nothing much to help out, except for one or two headers that went a-stray. For a big built person those Honduras players was surely roughing him up.

Collin Samuel: Looked impressive and should replace Theobald on the left, had a fierce shot that rocked the woodwork. He should have also gotten a penalty.

Shots T&T:
Stern John (1), Aurtis Whitley (2), Densill Theobald (1), Brent Rahim (1), Jason Scotland (1), Collin Samuel (1), Marvin Andrews (1), Christopher Birchall (4), Total = 11.

Shots Honduras:

Free Kicks:
10 (TRI), 9 (HON).

4 (TRI), 3 (HON).

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