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T&T vs Panama - 11-Oct-2006.
Thu Oct 12, 2006 09:03
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Jones, Samuel give T&T win.
By: Jovan Ravello (Guardian).


The T&T senior national football beat Panama 2-1 in its second friendly international match in five days at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo to round out an eventful year of football.
T&T got the butterflies out of the way early as, in the first minute, Carlos Edwards saw his ball across the six yard box unclaimed after combining well with Kenwyne Jones on the right flank and in the 4th Stern John saw his attempted lob easily picked out of the air by Panama ’keeper Oscar Mc Farlane.
Jones was given the nod by the gaffer and he partnered T&T’s captain on the evening Stern John in attack while Avery John started ahead of David Atiba Charles, while Trent Noel started in centre mid-field in place of Dwight Yorke, who went back to England after Saturday’s 5-0 win over St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Panama, always a threat with its characteristic short-passing style had its first look at goal after Blas Perez slipped the ball through to Anel Canales only for T&T custodian Jan Michael Williams come off his line to smother the opportunity.
The match was being played in front a slightly larger audience than on Saturday, the T&T team’s approach to the match was cautious but combative against the Panamanians, who played a more direct game, trying to slip the ball through to their forwards.
In the 19th minute Panama recorded its first shot from a free-kick just at the edge of the area but Gabriel Gomez’s blast was just overbar.
The T&T crowd saw this country’s Under-20 team win 4-0 over Barbados with Lester Peltier (2), Aaron Downing and Atullah Guerra getting the goals for the local boys and was therefore anxious to see the seniors get off the mark against Panama.
In the 22nd minute Jones again sparked to life swivelling around three defenders and putting his shot wide of the right upright, no goal yet but a signal of intent from the young man.
John had his first attempt in the 27th minute taking a bite of Jones’ left side cross only to see the ball trickle wide.
The service to the T&T forwards left much to be desired but Jones made the most of what he had to work with.
After a 33rd minute defensive scramble on the left side Jones showed great determination as he ran down Avery John’s clearance, intelligently anticipated Carlos Rivera’s header to his goalie and toed the ball past Mc Farlane and into the back of the net.
The goal was just what the match needed as the pace of play picked up and the Soca Warriors looking markedly more confident going forward.
In the 40th minute the new-found aplomb paid off when Chris Birchall prodded a ball toward John who controlled, turned and slid a pass into space for the on-rushing Collin Samuel, deployed by Rijsbergen on the left flank, for the Dundee United man to calmly pick his spot to Mc Farlane’s left.
In the 44th minute Panama reminded the T&T team of its defensive responsibilities when Victor Herrera Piggot found himself with yards of space on the left flank and picked out Canales, who braved a challenge on Williams to head in his team’s goal and make it 2-1. The second-half featured a similar enterprising display from the teams with Rijsbergen using subs’ Jason Scotland, on for Jones, and David Atiba Charles, on for Dwayne Jack, to help his team maintain shape.
Meanwhile, on the night, Stern John making his 100th appearance could not get the goal that he so wanted but he at least got a share of the $80,000 which was donated by Dr Iva Gloudon from the Warriors Pride Fund which was collected from members of the public during the World Cup campaign.

T&T:

Jan-Michael Williams; Cyd Gray, Dwayne Jack (Atiba Charles 76th), Dennis Lawrence, Avery John; Carlos Edwards, Christopher Birchall (Nigel Daniel 80th), Trent Noel (Kerry Baptiste 63rd), Collin Samuel; Stern John (capt), Kenwyne Jones (Jason Scotland 71st).

Substitutes not used:

Marvin Phillip, Andrei Pacheco, Andre Tousssaint.

Panama:

1.Oscar McFarlane, 3.Jose Anthony Torres (capt), 4.Luis Henriquez (6.Ubaldo Guardia 56th), 7.Carlos Rivera, 14.Amilcar Henríquez (13.Reggie Arosemena 63rd), 15.Anel Canales, 8.Alberto Blanco, 9.Gabriel Gomez, 12.Victor Piggot (10.Ricardo Phillips 71st), 4.Luis Moreno, 16.Blas Perez, 11.Manuel Torres, 2.Donaldo Gonzalez, Felipe Baloy.
Rijsbergen: Players did well despite distractions.
By: Nigel Simon (Guardian).


Wim Rijsbergen, coach of the Soca Warriors, praised their efforts in the two friendly international matches against St Vincent and the Grenadines and Panama, despite the off field dispute with the T&T Football Federation.
Reflecting on the Warriors’ 2-1 win over Panama after the game at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo on Wednesday, his team’s second win in five days, Rijsbergen said:
“It was not a very easy match to play, but at the same time I don’t think it was a difficult one either. “We started off playing just like Panama, with the long balls in the air, and it took us a while to settle down. All this could be put down to having some new players in the team, as they had to take a while to get adjusted to the match.
“The new guys needed to get familiar with the pace of the Panama team, because they are different to St Vincent and the Grenadines.”
Asked his views on the dispute over bonuses between the World Cup players and the T&TFF, Rijsbergen said he thinks the players coped well.
“The meetings between the players and the T&TFF started from the first day the players arrived for the matches, so it was not a matter of one conversation with the federation.
“I must tell you though, I felt they (players) did very well in the training sessions and then in the two matches.
“It’s very tough to separate things, so hopefully they can solve the problem with the T&TFF. “My job is to try and get them ready for the next match, which is against Austria on November 15 and hopefully the next time the players gather all the talk will only be about football.” Responding to a question about the style of football he would like to see from his players, Rijsbergen replied:
“It all depends on the intelligence of the guys.
I have seen a lot of games in England where, if a teams plays the long ball you have to try and break their rhythm and that can only be done by gaining a lot of possession.
“Tonight (Wednesday) that was not part of our game. The guys all know they have to improve and we will do that first in training and then on the field of play.”
As to the seriousness of the injury to striker Kenwyne Jones, scorer of T&T’s first goal, he coach said: “Jones is a tough boy. He is young. Normally it takes about 48 hours to really determine the seriousness of these kinds of injuries. Hopefully it is not that serious and he will be going back to his club in the next couple of days.”

John satisfied with 100th appearance

Stern John, captain of the Soca Warriors on his 100th appearance for his country, said he was not happy with the way the guys play, but glad for the victory.
John, scorer of a record 67 goals for T&T, said: “Under the current circumstances, the guys gave a good account of themselves.
“We did not play a bad game and we got the result we wanted.”
Asked how he felt about making 100 appearances for the national team, the Coventry striker said: “Growing up as a youngster if anyone had said to me that I would play 100 times for my country. I would have said thanks. For me it’s a big milestone.” How did he feel about leading the team on his 100th appearance for T&T? “As a player. leading your team onto the pitch is a tremendous feeling and hopefully I will be able to do it again.
“But even if I don’t, it’s still a pleasure to be part of the team and represent your country.” His tally of goals is almost double that of the next highest T&T goalscorer. It puts him among the top ten in world football.
“Every time I step onto the field I feel that I can score. I don’t really focus on records, if and when they happen, then so be it.
“Once the team I am part of plays together that’s what really matters to me. “Probably when my time comes to retire, I will sit down and reflect on what I have achieved, he added.
On the dispute with the T&TFF and the World Cup players, John said, “As far as we see it, we have another meeting tomorrow (yesterday). We were in conversation with the other players who are still in Europe earlier in the week, to give them an update on what has taken place, but nothing has been resolved as yet."

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