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T&T vs Grenada (U-23), 19th, Nov, 2003
Fri Nov 21, 2003 06:41

T&T head to Mexico, Good Nov.19 as Seniors, Under-23s win.
By Ian Prescott.

On a good night for local football, Trinidad and Tobago’s Under-23s advanced to the final stage of qualifying for the 2004 Olympics Games after stopping Grenada 3-0 on Wednesday at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
November 19, 1989 is most remembered in T&T for the heartbreaking loss to the United States which denied this country a place in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. But on the 14th anniversary of that sad day, the new nationals went some way to healing the wounds.
Having earlier seen the senior team defeat Cuba 2-1 in a friendly international, a fair-sized crowd had cause for applause as the junior Soca Warriors produced both good and entertaining football.
The contest was settled by a quick start which gave T&T a 2-0 lead after just ten minutes. And an early second half goal then put the hosts into a commanding position which made the easy chances they missed late in the match merely academic.
Having come away from Grenada with a 1-1 draw last Saturday, Trinidad and Tobago advanced 4-1 on aggregate. They will next play in Guadalajara, Mexico from February 2-12 in the final CONCACAF qualifying series, which also involves the United States, Canada, Honduras, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Panama and the home team. The eight countries will be competing for two CONCACAF berths at the Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.
Coach Stuart Charles-Fevrier was just as impressed by his charges as many who witnessed the match. Fevrier said that one of the reasons for the improved showing was the higher quality of the surface they played on and also his emphasis on his team having a greater share of the ball by maintaining possession.
“I was very pleased with the performance. I didn’t think we just won the game, we also totally outclassed the opponents,” Fevrier said yesterday.
The St Lucian-born coach is hoping for further improvement from his young charges and wants to have his boys full-time for at least six weeks before next February’s tournament. If possible, Fevrier will spend most of that time training at high altitude to prepare his boys for conditions they are likely to meet in Mexico.
On Wednesday night, the crowd were on their feet after just five minutes when Kendall Davis shot Trinidad and Tobago ahead. Midfielder Kerry Baptiste showed plenty speed to elude his marker up the left, and although his cross was a little long, it was brought back across by Josh Johnson towards Davis, who swept the ball into the Grenada net from the centre of goal.
Soon after, Devon Mitchell just failed to get the ball in his stride when found by a nice pass around the Grenada defence. But the T&T forward soon made amends in the ninth minute when he headed in Lyndon Diaz’s right-side free-kick at the near post.
At that stage, Grenada had not once threatened the T&T goal and except for Aaron Smith’s low shot which T&T goalie Jan Michael Williams gobbled up, the visitors rarely caused a panicked moment for Ronald Primus, Jones or Diaz in the T&T defence.
The only other occasion Grenada came close to causing a ripple was late in the first half when Marc Marshall’s free-kick bounced awkwardly in the Trinidad and Tobago penalty area, before the ball was swept away by a timely defensive clearance.
At the other end, Silvio Spann’s free-kick fell to Diaz, the very active left side defender, who swept the ball through a crowd and brought out a good save from Ken Searles, the Grenada custodian. And just before the first half ended, Searles also put his body in the way to block Kenwyne Jones’ drive after another free-kick from Diaz.
There was no better proof of the benefits of playing T&T Pro League football week-in, week-out than watching the local boys—all club professionals—run rings around the “amateurish” Grenadians.
Fuelled by the passes of midfield leader Spann and penetrating runs from Nigel Daniel and Johnson in the wide positions of the 3-5-2 system, the local boys were able to pierce the Grenada line-up with a web of probing passes, while maintaining possession for long periods.
If Grenada had any thoughts of a comeback in the second session, they evaporated in the 56th minute when goalie Searles dropped a floated cross at the feet of Baptiste, who swept the ball first-time into the net. Towards the end, Trinidad and Tobago missed several easy chances to go further ahead. Substitute Jason Marcano, the top Under-20 striker in the country, missed at least two.
First, he beat the offside trap but failed to negotiate a path around Searles and later missed the open goal after being put through on the left.
Kevon Clement, another sub, was stripped when he waited too long to put away a short pass from Marcano. By then, T&T were already celebrating and not even the late squander would spoil an unusually good November 19 football performance, as for Jason Marcano the W Connection youngster, who could have scored at least a beaver-trick in the final 20 minutes, but instead had a nightmarish game in front of goal.


Jan-Michael Williams; Ronald Primus, Lyndon Diaz, Kenwyne Jones, Nigel Daniel; Devon Caseman, Silvio Spann (capt) (Michael Celestine 79th), Josh Johnson, Kerry Baptiste (Kevon Clement 75th); Devon Mitchell (Jason Marcano 70th), Kendall Davis.

Ken Searles; Richardson Ettienne (Dwayne Leo 70th), Jason James, Lonne Alexis Alister Fleming (Shane Renne 59th); Kerry Bristow, Ashton Henry, Marc Marshall, Ricky Morris (capt); Kithson Bain, Aaron Smith (Ian Perrotte 60th).
Stuart Charles-Fevrier pleased with progress.
By Nigel Simon.

Stuart Charles-Fevrier, coach of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Under-23 team, was a satisfied man following his team’s qualification to the final round of the Concacaf Olympic Qualification tournament next year in Guadalajara, Mexico.
On Wednesday night T&T got goals from Kendall Davis, Devon Mitchell and Kerry Baptiste to defeat Grenada 3-0 winning the home-and-away series 4-1 on aggregate to join Canada, Honduras, Jamaica, USA, Panama and the host Mexico in the final of the qualification from February 2-12.
The final team will be known on Sunday when the second-leg encounters conclude with Guyana hosting Costa Rica at the Blairmont Community Centre Ground in Berbice.
After his team’s win a relaxed Charles-Fevrier said: “Personally I’m delighted with the win, while we missed a few chances.
Goalscoring is the most difficult thing in a match and also the most important.”
Asked about the performance of debutant Jason Marcano, guilty of squandering at least four chances, he said: “I figured it was an opportune time to give him (Marcano) his chance at this level and while he did not convert any of his chances, he showed his ability to get into scoring positions.
“He was a bit unlucky not to score one at least, but I expect him to do better in the future knowing now the difference in club football and international competition,” he added.
Patriot Up-Cloes:
By: Patriot.

The game started off VERY slowly as the heavy ground, made even heavier by a SEVERE downpour just before kick-off in the first game made control difficult. However T&T started dominating and were rewarded with their first goal when W Connection striker Kendall Davis finished off a nice move started from the right-flank in the 4th minute. The second item came in the 11th minute from a Lyndon Diaz left side free kick where Jabloteh striker Devon Mitchell rose high to head home. The Grenadians did not offer much resistance by then, and they found themselves pinned back for large parts of the half. In the second half, T&T continued to press forward, with neat inter-changing and their 3rd goal came when the Grenadian keeper dropped what seemed to be a harmless cross into the box and Kerry Baptiste was there to bang it home, 3-0 T&T. THAT GOAL BROKE THEIR SPIRITS. From then on it was ALL T&T, who had grown in confidence and were now running rampant.
One criticism was the sheer volume of chances created and SPURNED! Substitute debutant Jason Marcano was given chance after chance and HE alone threw away no less than 4 EASY opportunities... AND I'M TALKING SITTERS HERE! All in all, I'd say the team needs to work on their finishing... and fitness W Connection U-20 striker Jason Marcano came on for Devon Mitchell, who seemed TOTALLY drained and, with Grenada hung out to dry and us having ALL the possession, we did NOT take advantage as we could and should. Still I think Stuart Charles Feverier has shown what he can accomplish if given time and support. But a LOT of work has to be done for success in Mexico next February.

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