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T&T vs Iceland - (28-Feb-2006).
Wed Mar 1, 2006 05:29

Two-goal Yorke gives Trinidad win over Iceland.
By Mike Collett.

London, (Reuters) - Dwight Yorke scored twice as Trinidad & Tobago began their countdown to the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win over Iceland in a friendly international at a freezing Loftus Road on Tuesday.
On a night when thousands of their countrymen began a traditional two-day carnival in the Caribbean heat, Trinidad's players tried to raise the temperature for their frozen fans in London and succeeded with a controlled all-round display.
In their first match since qualifying for their first World Cup in November, the Soca Warriors were quicker to the ball, faster on the break and more cohesive than Iceland whose first match under Eyjolfur Sverrisson saw a fifth straight defeat.
Yorke blasted his side ahead from eight metres after 10 minutes and the Trinidad skipper doubled the lead with an audacious chip from a 54th minute penalty after Stern John was pushed over in the box by Ivar Ingimarsson.
Iceland almost scored after 38 minutes when skipper Eidur Gudjohnsen was inches wide with a 20-metre free kick but Trinidad were always in control and gave scouts from World Cup opponents England, Sweden and Paraguay plenty to ponder.


Trinidad's Dutch coach Leo Beenhakker selected seven British-based players in his starting lineup, plus Yorke who was familiar with the Loftus Road ground from his days in the Premier League with Manchester United and Aston Villa.
It was Yorke who opened the scoring with a well-taken goal after only 10 minutes when Iceland's defence failed to clear a high, ranging cross from Collin Samuel who outpaced Heldi Danielsson down the left wing.
Indridi Sigurdsson played the inswinging ball straight to Yorke who controlled it with one touch before blasting it high and wide of goalkeeper Arni Arason with his next.
Iceland did create some chances of their own in an entertaining opening 45 minutes with left-winger Ivar Ingimarsson twice cutting in to fire two powerful efforts towards Shaka Hislop's goal.
Gudjohnsen went closest to a goal with his free kick and as ever was at the heart of almost every move Iceland put together.
But Trinidad were far too strong for Gudjohnsen to play on his own and some fine performances from Carlos Edwards, Collin Samuel and Cyd Gray hinted that Trinidad may not be anyone's pushovers in the finals in Germany starting in June.


Shaka Hislop (Anthony Warner 46th), Avery John, Marvin Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Cyd Gray, Aurtis Whitley(Silvio Spann 46th), Carlos Edwards (Ricky Shakes 46th), Collin Samuel (Kevon Neaves 77th), Christopher Birchall, Stern John (Kenwyne Jones 65th), Dwight Yorke (capt) (Russell Latapy 58th).

Subs Not Used:
Niger Henry, Anthony Noreiga.

Arni Gautur Arason (Norway Larusson 46th), Hermann Hreišarsson, Indridi Siguršsson, Jóhannes Gušjonsson (Brynjar Gunnarsson 69th), Heišar Helguson, Ivar Ingimarsson, Stefįn Gislason (Arnar Vidarsson 57th), Gretar Rafin Steinsson, Helgi Valur Danielsson (Hannes Siguršsson 79th), Eidur Gušjohnsen (capt) (Kristjan Siguršsson 72nd), Emil Hallfredsson.
Trinidad coach praises two-goal Yorke.

LONDON (AFP) - Trinidad and Tobago Head Coach Leo Beenhakker paid tribute to the contributions of Dwight Yorke and Collin Samuel after his side beat Iceland 2-0 at Loftus Road, but admitted there is much to do before the Soca Warriors are ready for the World Cup.
"I'm pleased with the result," he said, "but I will not be celebrating for three nights. It's a preparation match, and we've won it which is good for the confidence. We can do much better."
It was the performance of Yorke that caught the eye and his interaction with Samuel and Carlos Edwards, the two wingers who ply their trade in Britain, for Dundee United and Luton Town respectively.
One caveat was the quality of the opposition. Iceland are not merely a mediocre team; they also seemed largely uninterested on Tuesday. Nonetheless, the former Manchester United forward, now 34, was at the heart of most of their best attacking moves, sitting deep off Stern John, and pulling strings as a veteran of his class should.
"That's why we invited him," said Beenhakker. "He's a good player. I know that some people are talking about his age and stuff like that, but so long as he's fit he's a great player not only in an individual way but for the team. He's a great help to me. I can give him a message and he can translate it on to the pitch. He's a very important player. He can always bring you something extra."
The Dutchman insisted he had no qualms about the way Yorke, who now plays for Sydney FC, took his second goal, a penalty, stabbing his shot so it floated over the dive of Arni Arason, the Iceland goalkeeper.
"I'm happy because it went in the net," he said. "That's why he' s a great player."
Besides Yorke, the two wingers were both admirably quick and direct, and it was Samuel who laid on the opening goal. His cross was only half-cleared by Stefan Gislason, allowing Yorke to stroke a confident finish into the top corner from 10 yards.
It was also Samuel's ball nine minutes into the second half that led to Ivar Ingimarsson shoving Stern John, conceding the penalty from which Yorke scored the second.
"He did well, very well," Beenhakker said. "I invited him two or three times in qualification matches. At that time I didn't have a good impression of him, but he is ding much better. I had that information already from the guys working for me in Great Britain, and I was very happy in his performance."
The defence was rather less convincing - particularly given the comparative weakness of the opposition but, as Beenhakker said, solidity is something that will come with practice.
"We can improve in terms of organisation and the way they play as a team," he said. "I'm confident we can use the four weeks preparation time before the World Cup to our advantage."
His main disappointment was the frequency with which Trinidad and Tobago opted for a route one approach, although in fairness that wasn't obviously excessive.
"Nobody has to tell me we still have to do a lot of work to be successful in Germany," he said.
"But our situation is that we have not been together in three months. We've had no training sessions so I couldn't ask much more. That's not the way I want to play, but it's always the same when you have such a short time together. When players are playing all over the world - in Britain, Australia, Japan, the USA - all coming from different football cultures it's difficult. One of the things I don't like is the long ball, but I understand when they come from different cultures and are playing every week in a different way then it is difficult to make the change."
Trinidad and Tobago will be taking part in their first ever World Cup in Germany this summer and will take on the seeded England plus Sweden and Paraguay in the initial group stage.

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