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TnT Team News ! - 02-Jun-2003
Mon Jun 2, 2003 14:43

Birthday boy Pierre seals T&T first win in Africa.
By: Shaun Fuentes in Nairobi.

A 90th minute goal by Joe Public striker Nigel Pierre sealed Trinidad and Tobago’s first international win under new coach Stuart Charles Fevrier as the “Soca Warriors” scoredd a 2-0 victory over Kenya’s Olympic team at the Kasarani Stadium, Nairobi on Monday.
The victory was the first for T&T on African soil and should now set the pace for their two remaining matches against Botswana on June 10 and South Africa five days later.
T&T were coming off a decent display in Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Kenya’s Senior team but the homeside’s Olympic team were not to be overridden on the day as they gave their Caribbean counterparts a strong run leading up to their 2004 Olympic qualifier against South Africa later this month.
T&T, with Kerwyn Jemmott and Travis Mulraine introduced into the starting eleven, were guilty of allowing their opponents to see more of the ball in the opening half but never allowed the Kenyans to control proccedings.
Midfielder Silvio Spann had T&T’s first try at goal, free kick from the edge of the box which went wide of the upright after three minutes.
Kenyan midfielder Collin’s Tiego had two tries at Clayton Inces’ goal in quick succession midway in the half but it was T&T’s Scottish-based striker Collin Samuel who should have sent the visitors ahead in the 29th minute. The Falkirk man was played through by Mulraine but then saw a low right footer saved by a diving Arnold Origi from near the six yard box.
Mulraine also went close when he intercepted a pass in the Kenyan defence but directed his effort high and wide in what was a first half of little excitement for the 2,000 odd fans at the venue.
Fevrier introduced Dale Saunders for Spann and Pierre for Jemmott early in the second half which saw T&T, though finding scoring opportunities hard to come by, enjoyed better possession for much of the remaining 90 minutes.
A neat build up then broke the deadlock on 64 minutes. Pierre combined with Scotland who held the ball up nicely before giving the oncoming Carlos Edwards to calmly chip the ‘keeper from the right top of the six yard for a 1-0 T&T lead.
T&T had a couple scares at the back with substitute Nigel Daniel clearing at the last moment and the same player then deflected a low effort to an alert Ince. T&T then pressured for the second item with Scotland firing a left footer over bar from close range and Edwards sending a right footed curler which brought the best out of Origi who had to push out to his right.
As the final whistle approached. Pierre, celebrating his 24th birthday, collected a deep clearance from Ince, inside the penalty box and held off a couple defenders before rifling home from close up.

T&T Line Up:
21.Clayton Ince, 2.Brent Sancho, 3.Reynold Carrington (capt), 4.Keyeno Thomas, 6.Avery John, 7.Carlos Edwards, 8.Silvio Spann (5.Dale Saunders 46th), 9.Jason Scotland (15.Conrad Smith 84th) 11.Collin Samuel (14.Nigel Daniel 79th) 18.Kerwyn Jemmott (16.Nigel Pierre 60th), 19.Travis Mulraine (12.Anton Pierre 79th).

TnT Subs Not Used:
22.Jan-Michael Williams, 13.Derek King, Peter Ramon-Fortune.

Kenya Olympic Team:
17.Arnold Origi, 6.Kelvin Otieno, 3.Justus Mutingi, 8.David Kanyua, 15.Hilary Omondi, 2.Steven Kinuthia, 10.Hilary Echesa (capt), 5.Jamal Mohammed (16.Ibrahim Said), 11.Issiah Omondi (7.Ibrahim Shikanda), 14.Collins Tiego (18.Lawrence Owino), 13.Vincent Ochieng.

Kenya Subs Not Used:
19.Abdurman Ali, 4.Julius Wango, 21.Dennis Okangi.
Fevrier savors first win in T&T colours.
By: Shaun Fuentes in Nairobi.

“One down, two wins to go.”
Those were the words coming from Trinidad and Tobago captain Reynold Carrington following his country’s 2-0 victory over the Kenyan Olympic team on Monday. The win was T&T’s first since a 1-0 shut out of Guadeloupe in March and more significantly, T&T’s first under recently appointments of head coach Stuart Charles Fevrier and assistants Brian Williams and Jamaal Shabaaz.
Following the match, TTFF Vice President Jack Warner treated the T&T contingent to dinner at the Nyama Choma Ranch, rated as Nairobi’s most exciting African restaurant which served several different meats as Giraffe, Crocodile, Zebra. Ostrich, lamb and various styles of beef to the “Soca Warriors.”
Goalscorer Nigel Pierre was then presented with a birthday cake by some of the attractive in-house African dancers as a live band performed reggae and calypso styles.
“I think this goal couldn’t have come at a better time and it was long overdue This should now boost me for the games to come. Actually the guys should now be able to depend on me a bit more to get the goals from today on with the type of confidence I’m playing with, ”Pierre told TTFF Media.
Coach Fevrier was also pleased with his first win in charge of T&T. “Today was really our first win on the African tour and for me personally it was my first win as coach and I must say it was a pleasing feeling. But there are many more serious games to be played and this victory will only serve as a motivator for me,” Fevrier told TTFF Media.
“I was quite pleased with efforts of the lads today, particularly in the second half. We were more patient after the break and at the final whistle we came away with a 2-0 victory which to my mind was very important for our confidence looking ahead to the rest of this tour and matches to come. I must say the guys continue to enjoy the tour and we are enjoying working with the players. I hope that we can build on this win and continue the tour without any defeats,” he added. T&T travel to South Africa on Tuesday night for three days before moving on to Botswana.
Defence Force pip unlucky Stars.
By Ian Prescott & Nigel Simon.

North East Stars are no longer the pushovers who lost the first 20 matches they played in the Pro League last season.
They proved that yesterday when matching the Defence Force in all departments, until the 84th minute when a well-placed header from striker Russell Pope secured all three points for the Army-Navy combination at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
The Round Five victory gave the Defence Force a second success this season as they continued an upward move off the bottom of the 2003 Trinidad and Tobago Pro League.
A year ago, only a committed few would have left Sangre Grande to accompany the country boys to the big city for their outings against one of the major Port of Spain teams.
But things have changed. Traditional powers Defence Force are struggling while Stars are having a better run after a hard first season at the top level last year.
So when they entered the field yesterday, the teams were on level terms.
But after half-hour of enterprising play, the Sangre Grande squad might well feel they should have had the lead.
It was just ten minutes into the match when big stopper Charles Pollard got their first chance.
Pollard could not believe his luck when his powerful header deflected onto the fingertips of goalie Selwyn George and off the Defence Force crossbar. The Guyanese defender, having come forward for a corner-kick, came as close as possible without scoring.
The Stars came close a couple more times, but on each occasion Shawn Lee was not as clinical as he needed to be in front of goal. Having also tried to pick out Randolph Jerome for much of the first half, they would have been most disappointed with his effort when they finally succeeded in freeing him.
The dangerous Guyanese front-man had the goal laid out on a platter for him by a deceptive pass from Glenton Wolfe, but hesitated to use his left foot from eight yards out. Instead, Jerome turned the ball onto his right foot and skied his shot overbar.
Striker Sherman "Ants" Phillip had the best chance for Defence Force in the 35th minute, but failed to get a short pass from Pope past the dive of Trevor Nottingham in the North East Stars goal.
After dominating the early portion of the second session, the Stars should have scored in the 58th minute. The chance came when Defence Force keeper George tried to be cute when handling a cross-ball and only succeeded in giving the ball to Jerome.
After eluding George, Jerome tried brute force to get the ball in the goal but on two occasions found the body of stopper Kelshall Alexander. The missed opportunity would return to haunt North East Stars.
Defence Force looked the stronger down the stretch and got the winner when Pope flicked the ball away from Nottingham from the resulting corner kick, after earlier striking an upright.
Later, substitute Devon Bobb would also get between Alexander and the Defence Force goalie, but just when he looked to give his team a deserved equaliser, George foiled his attempt to score.
San Juan Jabloteh took sole possession of the top spot in the T&T Pro-League when it edged Caledonia AIA 1-0, while previous joint front-runner Vibe CT 105 W Connection was held to a 2-2 draw by Joe Public, yesterday.
Hero for San Juan Jabloteh at the Marvin Lee Stadium, Macoya, was national defender Ian Gray, whose seventh-minute header from a right side centre was enough to give the reigning champ three valuable points.
Jabloteh now has 13 points after five matches, two ahead of W Connection while Starworld Strikers is next with 10.
At the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, W Connection had only itself to blame for its slip up, twice blowing the lead to the youthful Eastern Lions who were without key players Keyeno Thomas, Nigel Pierre and Derek King, all in Africa on national duty.
W Connection, which was also without skipper Reynold Carrington, Silvio Spann, Kerwyn Jemmott and second-string goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, took the lead in the 43rd minute through ex-Joe Public player Arnold Dwarika for a 1-0 lead at the break.
But two minutes into the second half, Andre Toussaint answered coach Ron La Forest’s call to rediscover his scoring touch and levelled the scores.
Kittitian midfielder George Isaac restored W Connection’s one goal cushion in the 70th minute.
However with five minutes left, Devon Caseman earned the Eastern Lions a deserved share of the points, with his first goal of the campaign.
Starworld Strikers, got goals from Jahvon Neptune, Errol Charles, Kester Cornwall to defeat Tobago United 3-0 at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium, Marabella.

Senior Teams.
Defence Force 1 (Russell Pope, 84th) vs North East Stars 0.

W. Connection 2 (Arnold Dwarika, George Isaac) vs Joe Public 2 (Andre Toussaint, Devon Caseman).

San Juan Jabloteh 1 (Ian Gray, 5th) vs Caledonia AIA 0.

Starworld Strikers 3 (Kester Cornwall, Javon Neptune, Errol Charles) vs Tobago United 0.

SWIF 1 (Jace Peters) vs Arima Fire 1 (Handel Manswell).

U-20 Teams.
W Connection 6 (Kenwyne Jones 10, Brenton De Leon 29, Christopher Durity 43, Jason Marcano 50, 73, 83) vs Joe Public 1 (Dwight Scott 45).

Defence Force 4 (Kerry Joseph 9, Keron Edwards 44, Clevon George 76, Emmanuel Noel 85) vs North East Stars 3 (Irvin Reyes 3, 5, Matthew Durham 74).

Arima Fire 2 (Akil Guevera, Clyde Leon) vs SWIF (0).

Starworld Strikers 5 (Donrick Mascall 20, 30, Kenwyne Richard 43, Damian La Fortune, Anthony Noriega), Tobago Utd 2 (Elroy Phillips, Dyke Reid).

Caledonia 1 (Seon Jack 14), CLF Jabloteh 2 (Rennie Bristol 58, Marvin Joseph 65).

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