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TnT vs Brazilian over 30 All-Stars. (17-Feb-2004).
Thu Feb 19, 2004 15:56
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Brazilians hold TT to 1-1 draw.
By Joel Bailey.

Trinidad and Tobago senior footballers flattered to deceive at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on Tuesday night, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by a Brazil All-Star team in a clash entitled “Soca vs Samba.”
It was the first match in charge for re-appointed national head coach Bertille St Clair but, on the evidence of Tuesday’s performance, it will need a dramatic change of fortunes, even a miracle, for the “Journey to Germany 2006” dream to be realised. If truth be told, only the four foreign-based pros —- striker Stern John, right-winger Carlos Edwards, stopper Marvin “Dog” Andrews and goalkeeper Clayton Ince, stood out.
The others, either past their peak or beyond theirs, struggled against a Brazilian unit fielding an assortment of players in the twilight of their careers. While Trinidad and Tobago took the lead through John’s sheer determination in the 20th minute, the visitors dictated the pace for most of the match, which was played in front of a good crowd in the region of 16,000. St Clair and captain Angus Eve underlined the inability of the newer players to rise to the occasion but the overall display simply highlighted the dearth of talent at the T&T Pro League level.
Moving at a slow, methodical pace and finding each other with a series of pin-point passes, the Brazilians settled down first, and came close to scoring after only seven minutes.
After a midfield interchange, Jorginho moved into the centre of the field, found Adriano on the left whose sliding left-footer was cleared off the line by burly defender Anton Pierre. John, the TT target man, was found in the box by Edwards and, from an acute angle, saw his 14th minute shot blocked by the Brazilian defender and captain Ricardo Rocha. But John will get the better of Rocha six minutes later.
Collecting a long-ball from the right by Andrews, John shook off Rocha’s challenge, had his initial shot blocked by goalie Sebastiao Wagner but tapped in the rebound, to the delight of the crowd. The goal woke up the TT lads, who tried desperately to penetrate the sturdy backline of Rocha, Marcelo Gonzalves and Alexandre Torres.
An opportunity was presented in the 35th when Eve sent fellow midfielder Kerry Baptiste on the right and the national Under-23 player squared to an unmarked Cornell Glenn in the six-yard box. There was no logical way that Glenn could miss but he did, scooping the ball overbar with Wagner well beaten.
A minute later, Glenn sent John clear on goal but his right-footer flew inches wide of the mark. Using their experience and know-how to good effect, the Brazilians seized control in the second half.
Striker Antonio Careca sent his curling right-footer wide from a neat buildup from the middle, while, in the 71st, John collected a through ball from Baptiste but sent his shot overbar. With fans making their way towards the exit however, the visitors got a deserved equaliser two minutes from the end. After he was brought down outside the penalty box by substitute left-back Nigel Daniel, Adriano redeemed himself and his freekick was headed home by Rocha.

Trinidad and Tobago:
Clayton Ince; Marvin Andrews, Anton Pierre, Ansil Elcock (Nigel Daniel 56th), Cory Rivers; Angus Eve (capt), Michael Celestine (Cyd Gray 88th), Carlos Edwards (Silvio Spann 71st), Kerry Baptiste; Cornell Glenn (Ashford Leggerton 59th), Stern John.

Brazil:
Sebastiao Wagner; Marcelo Gonzalves, Alexandre Torres (Fagner 82nd), Ricardo Rocha (capt), Edinho; Charles Guerrairo (Haroldo 46th), Jorginho, Adriano, Valber; Bebeto (Joelton 71st), Antonio Careca.
St Clair sees promise from Soca/Samba clash.
By: Shaun Fuentes.

Trinidad and Tobago coach Bertille St Clair would have preferred a victory under his belt in his first game back as national coach but he described the performance in Tuesday's 1-1 draw with the Brazilian All Stars as promising.
For St Clair, the showing by skipper Angus Eve and his teammates in front of one of the largest crowd a National team has played in some time was one which gave him the chance to see where some of the weak points lie and now he intends to improve on these as the campaign continues.
Asked to comment on what transpired on the pitch, St Clair's initial response was "I feel good but a little bit sad because I felt we should not have given up a goal with fifteen minutes to go. My disappointment is that I tried to give everyone a game but the guys I brought off the bench didn't give us the sort of performance we expected so that changed the whole rhythm. All in all I think the performance was a promising one."
His last match in charge of a national team saw the Under 20s overcome the Brazilians 4-2 in 1991 and he hopes the current batch can take something away from the affair which was well complimented by an overwhelming response from the fans in the midst of the Carnival hype.
"I hope the guys will learn from the experience and we can just move on from here and keep the momentum going for the rest of matches coming up. I think the response we got from the fans was good and we want to thank them for the support and we need it to continue for the remainder of the campaign," St Clair added.
He felt that the "Soca Warriors" allowed the Brazilians to play too much of the game at their own pace and as such T&T should have capitalized more on the chances on goal.
"We got carried away by the Brazilians holding up the ball and playing it around and that made us drop to their pace and then at times we picked up our pace and when we had them to kill we give up the chances to score some easy goals. There are a lot of things to work on like our first touch, the pace of the game and our finishing but I won't come down too heavy on the guys because they are all coming off a long season,"
St Clair will continue sessions with the locally-based professionals while overseas pros Stern John, Marvin Andrews, Clayton Ince and Carlos Edwards carded to return to London on Wednesday.
Patriot Up-Close:

Aye fellas.

Sorry about the delay, but I went straight party after the game. Just get up. Thankfully I work for myself! Here's the scoop:

Starting 11: Clayton Ince, Marvin Andrews, Anton Pierre, Corey Rivers, Ansil Elcock, Kerry Baptiste, Micheal Celestine, Carlos Edwards, Angus Eve, Stern John, Cornell Glenn.

Formation appeared to a 4-4-2 INITIALLY with Andrews and Pierre anchoring the back, Rivers and Ansil on the wings, Carlos as an outright right-winger (obviously told to help out/support Rivers who was making his debut), then it was a bit hazy because Eve, Baptiste and Celestine roamed the field, with each dropping back to collect the ball out of defense. I felt that this at times left us with no penetration on the left-side as there was never an over-lapping player there in the opening 15 mins in any of our build-ups. Then it hit me...there were NO natural left-footers in the starting 11!! One thing was obvious from the start though, T&T played the ball on the ground and men played FOR each other. Now some people will say that this side lacked a mid-field general ala Latas, but you know what? I think NOT! You see because of the absence of any 1 play-maker, EVERYBODY had to step up and this added a level of unpredictability to our game. In times past, the stronger teams like USA, CR etc. would man-mark and rough-up Latas and Dwarika knowing that they were our core central outlets. But even then, EVERYTHING went through them STILL! Check back previous reports, you will see Latas, collecting the ball out of defense and trying to feed Yorke whole game! Even the Jamaicans said that T&T play them harder WITHOUT Y&L (comment made after our 2-1 home loss to them in the 2002 WCQ).

As for the game itself, match started cautiously with both teams feeling each other out. T&T started promisingly but it was the Brazilians who almost scored first as following a series of nice knocks they fed the ball to the far left and skipped past an out-rushing Ince. however, a last-ditch clearance on the line by Anton Pierre who had arguably one of his BEST games for T&T that I have seen (and I'm NOT a fan of his!) showing composure, well-timed tackles and excellent reading of the game. However following a cross into the box, Stern collected, turned and shot, keeper saved, but could only parry the ball back into the path of Stern, who dummied a defender to shot on target after a 3rd attempt T&T 1-0. thereafter, T&T took the game to the Brazilians and should have been 2-0 up when following a cross into the box, Glenn missed an open goal from about 2 feet out, kicking over-bar!

Second half. Well, those expecting the Brazilians to come out tired were in for a surprise! They poured on the style, and attacked us relentlessly. However, we had some good counter-attacking chances which went a-begging. after several subs by both teams, the final 15 mins became pretty scrappy. In fact with 10 mins to go, a tackle by Sub Nigel Daniel who replaced Elcock, led to a free kick for the Brazilians, which led to the header equalizer 1-1, final score.

Player Rankings:-

Clayton Ince - Confident, commanded his 6-yard box, handled cross-balls well and spoke to the defence constantly. However he still makes some questionable unforced errors when clearing/distributing the ball out 7.5

Marvin Andrews - Boy has he improved!!! The man used his size and strength to good effect, while his passing game has noticeably improved!!! 9

Anton Pierre - Solid performance (see report above) 8

Ansil Elcock (left) - WHO SAY THIS MAN WASHED UP????? He had a VERY solid game, in both an attacking and defending role on the left! Clearly lacked the fitness and was subbed for daniel, but played with customary heart. If used from the start of a game, will need a reliable back-up (NOT Daniel or Mason though!!! My choice - Ian Gray). 8.5

Corey Rivers (right) - Played decent for a debutant. I noticed he was very timid to come forward for the first 20 mins, but once we scored, he made some nice runs up to support Carlos Sitll has much to learn, but DEFINITELY one to groom for the future 7

Carlos Edwards - ha boy. Our resident wing-king! Roamed up and down that right-side making many threatening crosses into the Brazilian box. however ran out of steam in the second half and was replaced by Cyd Gray 7.5

Kerry Baptiste - Solid work, nothing overly extravagant, but linked up well with fellow mid-fielders in constructive play
7

Michael Celestine - See Baptiste above 7

Angus Eve - decent game, and seem to be the go-to man for free-kicks, corners etc. While I admire his work-rate and committment, I would prefer to see Silvio Spann play this role. Still Eve showed he CAN still play at this level and will be an asset to have on the bench. 8

Stern John - "Bound to score" indeed. Scored again, but still not showing the pace he used to have. Nonetheless an excellent hold-up man who can create space for partners. Doesn't work as hard as I'd like to see but how do you NOT play a man who is on the verge of being one of T&T's ALL-TIME LEADING SCORERES. 7.5

Cornell Glenn - Nice first touch, excellent pace, but WOEFUL finishing!!! Threatens all the time, but still missing... something. Will be excellent coming OFF the bench against a team once we are leading, as his style of play would panick ANY defender. Must curb tendency to over-dribble though 7.5

Subs:

Nigel Daniel - played good in spurts, but lacks experience, reminds me of Stokely Mason - average player who can't cut it at international level 6.5

Ashford Leggerton - hard worker! reminds me of angus in his prime. But played more as a withdrawn striker. Would get a recall but I can't see him playing ahead of glenn who he replaced or before Hector Sam, Jason Scotland or Nigel Pierre

Cyd Gray - 6 Was not a factor, but in fairness to him come on when all play had broken down

Silvio Spann - Was completely out of the game, but he came on as our final sub with little constructive play present. i felt sorry for him, because I love his simple, one-touch play and had he come on earlier would definitely have made an impact Also why was he warming up for over 20 mins??? 5

Overall. a decent first home game I want to see Keyeno Thomas, Dwarika, Jemmott, Rahim, Sancho, Norville, Avery John/Ian Gray, Hector Sam, Glasgow, Nigel Pierre in our games against the African countries in April.

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