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T&T vs Dominican Republic (20-Jun-2004).
Wed Jun 23, 2004 17:41

Up-Close with SW Online Supporter "Patriot".

Well here's my take on things. We had a PISS-POOR first half and while they were some VERY dubious calls by the referee, THAT must never be an excuse. Especially when you consider that we were AT HOME!!! Also poor refereeing CANNOT be blamed for men throwing away in front of an open goal!

We started the second half a LITTLE better, but perhaps because of the MANY changes in the line-up, we simply could NOT find a rhythm. Scotland's goal came JUST as the small crowd were calling for him and Theobald to be subbed (See player ratings). Stern's penalty weakened the DR's resolve and, Theobold's bullet KILLED whatever fighting spirit was left. Hat's off to Bertille for giving Scott Sealy his debut, DEFINITELY one for the future! Hopefully he won't be another victim of the "scoring on your debut" blight! Anybody remember Collin Samuel and Darrin Lewis? (BOTH hat-tricks if I'm not mistaken.

From what I saw, I think we have the nucleus of a decent team that has the potential to be GREAT, however TIME is NOT on our side! I KNOW the technical staff is still looking at/for players and experimenting to see who BEST suits which role on the team, but some choices yesterday were TOTALLY baffling to me!!! I'll mention these in the ratings below.

Clayton Ince - 8.
AWESOME penalty save!!! That could have hurt us, because the team's confidence would have been shaken had it scored. Actually spent most of the 2nd half trying to keep his focus and concentration, not to mention warm by strethcing, such was the lack of DR penetration.

Marvin Andrews - 7.
Was commanding as ever, but STILL made too many bad passes, several of them unforced.

Dennis Lawrence - 6.5.
Tireless worker, but simply cannot convince me that he is the right partner for Andrews. I will NEVER forget how Honduras raped that duo at home 3 years ago! A squad player but not a starter in my opinion.

Marlon Rojas - 8.
Had a great game, and should cement his place on the left. Needs to vary his crosses though, they were waaay too predictable, but over-lapped very well and recovered nicely, good pace.

Kenwyne Jones - 6.
Lacked confidence early on and, it showed. He made a few bad passes, neeedless giveways etc. but by the second half, played with class. Earned my respect for soldiering on with a suspected fractured wrist. He needs to work on his speed and positional play though. Might be better at Def-Mid.

Denzil Theobold - 7.
This guy had a FANTASTIC game in CENTRE mid-field, in the 1st half he was played at left-wing and looked bad. He moved inside as soon as he got the ball. I kept defending him in the stands precisely because I knew he was being played out of position... and BOY did he prove me right with the goal of the match.

Brent Rahim - 8.
Showed the class and finesse that made him one of our top youth players. Like Theobold, was played out wide right and kept cutting inside. Touches are marvellous and was the only player who had the confidence to make cross-field passes.

Angus Eve - 8.
Skipper made me eat my words from last week, by turning in a virtuoso performance. Had some mazy runs that left DR players on their rear-ends. However I maintain my concerns over his fitness. Against Mexico, USA etc, he cannot afford to fade away in the second-half.

Anthony Rougier - 9.
Man of the match! Challenged EVERY ball, ran all over the pitch, supporting both attack and defence. My only criticism was that he may have been trying TOO hard. Meaning against the tougher opposition he will have to pace himself better.

Jason Scotland - 5.
After me being one who was calling for him to get a chance, the man turned out to be a Total disappointment. Looked like he was having a vacation on the pitch. Baffling why Bertille left him on so long. Although he scored he did NOT work. Also showed little or no rapport with Stern.

Stern John - 8.
Was frustrated by bad or no service at all, and even dropped into mid-field for some periods in an effort to MAKE things happen. Needed a pertner who he could work with... duly got one with the introduction of...

Cornell Glen - 7.
Probably still not match fit after coming off injury, but STILL looked more lively than the man he replaced. Sent a beautiful and unselfish through ball for the other subsititute (Sealy)...

Scott Sealy - 7.5.
I was skeptical when I heard he made it into the final 18, but the man shows he deserved the call. Worked hard, showed good first touch and did what he did so well for St Mary's... finished clinically. Needs experience, but after yesterday, should be getting regular calls back to play.

Kerry Baptiste - 6.
Did't add or subtract from the other players on the field, decent squad player but NOT one who can turn a game around by his introduction. Trys hard though, good work ethic.

If I forgot anything, blame it on the after game festivities :}

Seriously though, I think we just need to start using the players we have in the right positions and we will achieve the beautiful football we can play. Yesterday we were without Ian Cox, Andre Boucaud, Carlos Edwards, Shaka Hislop, Otis Seaton, Silvio Spann, ALL of whom should be in the team and, the technical staff still have to look at Avery John, Steve Sealy, Joel Bailey, Hector Sam, Collin Samuel and Jason Norville in a competitive match, so all in all I think we are on the right track... but we are on a tight time-table.
‘Soca Warriors’ advance in World Cup qualifiers.
By: Gregory Trujillo.

Chances of T&T’s ‘Soca Warriors’ making it to its first World Cup are still alive.
The nation’s senior footballers advanced to the Concacaf World Cup qualifying semi-final round by defeating the Dominican Republic 4-0 yesterday with all the goals coming in the second-half at Manny Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella. The win came one week after beating their opponents 2-0 in Santo Domingo.
Jason Scotland opened the scoring for T&T in the 48th minute, Stern John made it 2-0 from the penalty spot in the 69th, Denzil Theobald netted his first international goal with a beauty in the 74th and substitute Scott Sealy rounded off the scoring in the 86th.
The visitors were expected to push everything into attack in order to wipe off the 2-0 deficit from last Sunday’s first leg when Marvin Andrews and Stern John scored.
They got the first decent opportunity to take the lead when Surinamese referee Antonius Waldo awarded them a penalty in the 17th minute for a foul by Andrews on striker Omar Francisco Zapata.
T&T goalkeeper Clayton Ince, who received a yellow card for protesting referee’s Waldo decision, kept the scoreline blank by diving to his right to save the penalty by Kelvin De Jesus Severino.
Zapata was unable to continue and was replaced not long after the foul by Luis Omar Sanchez.
There was good positional play by T&T in the first five minutes as the game began to warm-up. But throughout the remainder of the session, the players could not convert the chances.
The T&T players showed their superiority by putting the ball on the carpet and trying to play constructive football.
Forwards Scotland, who appeared uncomfortable as his first touch was letting him down, John and Theobald were all unable to finish effectively.
What was interesting though was that young defenders Kenwyne Jones and Marlon Rojas were able to over-lap down the flanks and make things happen up front.
The floodgates eventually opened for the home team minutes after the re-start with Scotland making amends for his poor first-half performance.
Following a breakdown in play, the Dominican Republic was unable to prevent skipper Angus Eve from bursting through with acres of space all around him.
The captain had no problem finding Scotland, who neatly tucked the ball away from goalkeeper Oscar Majia Abreu. John’s goal from the penalty spot came as a result of a defender pushing down Brent Rahim in the area.
Theobald scored a tremendous goal. He volleyed a left footer from an Eve centre that flew past ‘keeper Abreu in the wink of an eye. Wake Forest University’s Scott Sealy, who was making his first appearance with the senior team, was handed a goal on the platter by Cornell Glenn, who realised that his partner was in a better position to score than him. It was Sealy’s first goal in his first match at that level.
T&T will now meet Mexico, St Kitts/Nevis and St Vincent and the Grenadines in the four-team round-robin group semi-finals from August 18 to November 7.
The group will be one of three in the qualifying semi-final round. The two nations topping each of the semi-final groups advance to a final round group of six teams to be played next year, from February to October.

Clayton Ince, Marvin Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Marlon Rojas, Kenwyne Jones, Anthony Rougier, Denzil Theobald, Angus Eve (capt), Brent Rahim (Scott Sealy 75th), Jason Scotland (Cornell Glenn 65th), Stern John (Kerry Baptiste 87th).

Dominican Republic:
Oscar Abreu, Flavio Taveras (capt), Franklin Garcia, Freddy Otano, Wilkys Obreu (Samuel Arias 62nd), Kelvin Severino, Manuel Abreu, Samuel Alvarez (Feliciano Corporan 88th), Omar Zapata (Luis Sanchez 21st), Edwarsds Espinal, Juan Conteras.

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