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T&T vs Grenada (U-23), 15th, Nov, 2003
Mon Nov 17, 2003 10:35
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Grenada 1 vs 1 T&T..... Pt-1.
By: Patriot.

The game started off with T&T taking the touch and immediately signaling their intentions, to ATTACK! The ball was launched forward from the touch-off and no less than 6 T&T players were already making their way into the Grenadian penalty area. The Host keeper dealt with the situation. For the opening period, it was ALL T&T with Grenada attacking on the counter, and massing players behind the ball. T&T were playing a 3-5-2 system, but the balls from either flank were lacking, citing a problem that we now have at BOTH this and Senior level, which is the absence of quality natural wingers! After one T&T attack broke down, the Grenadians sent a long ball out from the back which was excellently controlled by their #9 Kithson Bain as he speed past two static T&T defenders before launching a rocket past the stranded Jan Williams to make the score 1-0, Grenada.
The goal seemed to spark renewed verve and fight from the Trinis and they resumed possession for long spells, but simply could find NO free path to goal, that is until the 33rd minute when Kevon Carter, speeding down our left flank, made his way goal wards, but over-pushed the ball. The Grenadian keeper however dove towards where the ball was supposed to be and instead his right hand brought down Carter. PENALTY! Up stepped captain Silvio Spann to convert, the match was now tied at 1-1. And so it stayed until the end of the half. The second half was pretty much the same, T&T attacking, and Grenada looking to hit on the break. Some highlights included a brilliant free-kick by Grenada which just skimmed over the top of Jan M-Williams goal, a 1 on 1 between Carter and Grenada's goalie, which the striker tried to chip over, but was gathered by the goalie on the 2nd attempt. Both sides made subs as the pace of the match was clearly taking a toll on the players. None of them made a significant impact though and the final score mirrored that of the 1st half's end.

For T&T here are my ratings:-

Jan-Micheal Williams (GK) - 8. Seemed pretty competent, but was rarely tested.

Ronald Primus (Central DEF) - 9. Huge defender who showed great composure and read the game well.

Lyndon Diaz (LB) - 7. Played OK but NEVER ventured past his 1/2 line.

Kenwyne Jones (RB)- 8. Definitely one for the future! won a lot of air balls, but rarely got it to a fellow T&T player. Did join the attack though.

Nigel Daniel (RW) - 6. Poor game by his standards, didn't look as sharp or fit as his position requires. Failed to provide defensive support and was slow getting back.

Michael-Lee Celestine (LW)- 6. Ditto as per Nigel Daniel.

Silvio Spann (DEF-MID) - 9. Wow! what a work-horse. Certainly led by example! Wasn't as adventurous as I'd like, but was one player whose performance was worthwhile watching for all 90 mins! deserves role on Senior Team, as he was a cut above his team-mates.

Kevon Clement #6 (CM)- 5. Was the first sub made, I not only don't remember his name, but cannot recollect much positive contributions either

Kerry Baptiste (CM/AM) - 7. Played well in spurts, but for a #10 player, was unable to send precise, pin-point defense-splitting passes. Showed some occasional moments, but seldom looked the part of creative mid-fielder.

Kevon Carter (FWD) - 6. Looked tired and gave a dismal display other than his contribution by earning the penalty, made little impact.

Devon Mitchell (FWD)- 7.5 Must say he really ran his heart out but simply didn't get the service to have much look-ins at goal can't fault his work-rate though.

Line-Ups:

Grenada:
Ken Searles – Jason James, Richard Ettienne, Keshon Modester (Alister Fleming 77th), Aston Henry, Ricky Morris, Kerry Bristow, Joel Forde (Shane Rennie 69th), Lonne Alexis, Kithson Bain, Christopher Charles (Kyle Joseph 59th).

Trinidad/Tobago:
Jan-Michael Williams – Ronald Primus, Lyndon Diaz, Kenwyne Jones, Kevon Clement, Nigel Daniel, Silvio Spann (capt), Michael Celestine (Sterlin O’Brien 82nd), Kerry Baptiste (Devon Caseman 79th), Devon Mitchell, Kevon Carter (Errol Charles 81st).

I predict victory for T&T on Wednesday night. And of course, I'll be there!

PATRIOT out!
Stuart Charles-Fevrier still confident over Grenada.
By Nigel Simon.

Following his team’s 1-1 away draw to Grenada on Saturday night Stuart Charles-Fevrier is confident Trinidad and Tobago will advance to the final round of the CONCACF men’s Olympic qualifiers on Saturday.
On Saturday night at the Grenada National Stadium, in the second round first-leg qualifiers Kithson Bain gave Grenada an early lead when he latched onto a through ball from the US-based Chris Charles, dribbled a defender and blasted past Jan-Michael Williams with his left foot in the 10th minute.
Ten minutes before the half, captain Silvio Spann equalised for T&T from the penalty spot after Salvadoran referee Rodolfo Sibrian had whistled for a foul on Grenadian goalkeeper Ken Searles on T&T striker Kevon Carter.
Charles-Fevrier said, “I was very pleased the way we played, but we need to improve on turning ball possession into goalscoring chances.
“They (Grenada) played with five players behind the ball for most of the time, but we should have taken more shots on goal Charles-Fevrier was also critical of the surface which he stated was very bumpy and made it difficult for players to control the ball, It was not what we expected.
Looking ahead to Wednesday’s return-leg at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, from 7pm, Charles-Fevrier said he hoped to have winger Josh Johnson (San Juan Jabloteh) and Kendall Davis (W Connection) back for the match.
“Both Johnson (red eye) and Davis (injury) were not part of the team on Saturday, but Davis may return for the match while Johnson is still uncertain.
“Offensively we were thin, with Davis and Johnson being out, but coming back home to play on a better surface it should help us.
In other second round of the qualifiers Costa Rica pummelled Guyana 7-0 in Cartago, El Salvador edged Canada 1-0 in San Salvador, USA crushed St. Kitts/Nevis 6-0 in Basseterre, while.
The first leg match-ups concluded yesterday when Jamaica hosted Guatemala and Haiti faced Honduras.
The winners of these six series join Panama and host Mexico in the final round of CONCACAF qualification from February 2-12 next year to battle for one of two berths to the 2004 Olympic Games, Athens, Greece, next September.
In Fairness to Stuart-Charles.
PATRIOT - Up Close.

Fellas I was away these past few days, in Grenada. So I've been catching up on your posts. of course most of you are VERY upset/disappointed about the 1-1 result. Some are already calling for the Coach's head. Well I was THERE guys and let me tell you, there are A LOT of things going on that contributed to the final result.
First off, I spoke to Stuart-Charles and Brain Williams, both of whom struck me as highly committed and in Stuart Charles-Fevrier's case, VERY qualified. They are men who have T&T's football at heart! Their APPARENT lack of success stems from factors outside their sphere of influence. I read one post below chastising the coach for not bringing back English based attacking midfielder Jason Norville (Watford) and Scotish based striker Colin Samuel (Dundee United). HE REQUESTED THEM!!! The TTFF said that they have NO FUNDS to bring back ANY foreign-based players for either of the 2 Under-23 qualifiers OR the Senior team's game vs Cuba. Now tell me HOW is the man to field TWO (2) teams on Wednesday night, STRICTLY from local-based players ??
Additionally, do you realize that the PFL had games up until Sunday last in which ALL the Under-23's were involved in some way? To make matter worse, W Connection hosted the Surinamese team on Wednesday night and no less than 4 starters for the Under-23's were in W Conection's squad, not to mention some even got injured. The first time the coach had his FULL team training together was on Thursday afternoon! FOOTBALL IS A TEAM SPORT AND UNLESS A TEAM PRACTICES TOGETHER, AND PLAYERS DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING, THE MOST TALENTED BUNCH OF HASTILY ASSEMBLED PROFESSIONALS CAN AND WILL BE BEATEN BY MORE ORGANIZED OPPONENTS!
Next, the team was hit by injuries to 2 KEY players:- Josh Johnson & Kendall Davis and to add insult to injury, Andre Toussaint got fired from Joe Public FC and is no longer playing pro-ball or at least not at the moment. Kevon Carter, another starter has NOT been training/playing ball, and is NOT match-fit!
Now then, had I been Stuart-Charles, I would have made some of the above things known to the public. But then again, there are those who would have argued that he was just making excuses. Talk about damned if you do and damned if you don't!
Personally I think had he been given more support from the TTFF (i.e. financial) and had more TIME (i.e. training sessions) with the team our performances would be better.
HOW much better is debatable though. Try and remember that THIS current crop of Under-23's DO NOT have the skill-level of a Arnold Dwarika, Evans Wise or Stern John at their age. Having said that I DO blame the Coach for not articulating his needs more forcefully, but if you understand the man, you'd see that he took on the job knowing there would be constraints and therefore opted to work within them. Sadly, the results within those limitations have not been good!
I hold NO brief for the man, but After speaking with him yesterday, both before and after the game, I felt I had a duty to give you guys another twist to the Tale.

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