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T&T vs St Kitts (04-Sept-2004).
Sun Sep 5, 2004 11:10

T&T pulls through late in St Kitts.
Issued By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer in St Kitts.

Late goals on the stroke of half and full time by forwards Errol McFarlane and Stern John earned Trinidad and Tobago’s senior team a come from behind 2-1 victory over St Kitts/Nevis in Saturday night’s 2006 World Cup semi-final round qualifier at Warner Park, Basseterre.
The result pushed T&T to six points from their first two away matches going into Wednesday’s clash with Mexico at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.
“They say the team that wins the game is the one that takes their chances,” coach Bertille St Clair told TTFF Media after the win. “You are always going to makes mistakes. Even though we have six points on the road now and I won’t say that we are safe into the next round because we still have four more games including Mexico. St Kitts were a fighting team and they were quicker to the ball than us in the first half. We were missing two key players in the middle and we were not clicking until we got our rhythm in the second half. They had two quick guys on the side of the park and they were getting chances but we were able to overcome this. They guys deserved credit for fighting down to the end.”
The encounter turned out to be a closely contested one and St Clair’s team had to depend on the last gasp items after squandering earlier scoring chances.
John had T&T’s first real offer at goal when he collected a right side ball from Kenwyne Jones and turned before rifling a shot off the crossbar in the 15th minute. But the “Sugar Boyz” responded a minute later when Ian Lake shot from atop the penalty box forced Kelvin Jack to make a superb push over. Both teams were now getting into their rhythm with T&T finding it harder to get their act together on the hard surface.
On 23 minutes Keith Gumbs had Jack saving and just before the half hour the big Dundee custodian again came up big to prevent to stop Lake’s low effort. Soon after, with defender Brent Sancho off the pitch receiving treatment for a cut above the eye, the home side got a free kick on the edge of the box and George Isaac’s low strike took a deflection of John on its way into the left corner of the net for the opening item.
T&T persisted and had the last say in the final minute of the half when Sancho’s superb long ball up the left side had John running and hitting across the goal for an alert McFarlane to push over the line with ‘keeper Akil Byron in no man’s land.
It was just the finish T&T were hoping for as the Angostura Woodbrook Playboys Steel Orchestra took over the sounds as the 60 strong T&T fans including Jack Warner, Gary Glasgow and Angus Eve made their presence felt.
The second half provided few opportunities for either team to go ahead but John threw away the simplest of chances in the 58th minute when he was sent through on a one on one with the ‘keeper and somehow managed to play it in easy to the advancing Byron.
T&T, while officials from the Mexico team were looking on from the stands, were finding it difficult to break down the home side which were having the better of the exchanges in the middle of the park with Isaac for one making some surging runs. But T&T’s back line of skipper Marvin Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Marlon Rojas, Kenwyne Jones and Sancho were letting nothing go by while Brent Rahim and Andre Boucaud battled it out in midfield.. Sancho would have surely walked away with the Man of the Match award for his efforts even while with his head heavily bandaged.
John took matters into his own on 70 minutes, going past three defenders on the way to goal but his shot was a weak one and then Dwarika found substitute Cornell Glen on the run but his effort was cleared off the line.
Just when it seemed that both teams would have to settle for a point, John came up big. Sancho again was involved as he picked out Andrews whose cross took a deflection and John was there to nick it over the line from close up to send T&T into a late frenzy and leave the rest of Warner Park heartbroken.
Andrews, wearing the armband in place of Angus Eve, was pleased with the result.”We than God for the six points so far and we couldn’t have hoped for a better start. We have a really hard game on Wednesday and now our confidence level is high going into this one. We have been able to come from a goal down and that augers well because normally we are a team that bows under pressure but this current side has shown strong character. There’s still some way before this team hits peak but we’re getting there,” Andrews ended.

T&T Line-Up:
1.Kelvin Jack, 2.Marlon Rojas, 4.Marvin Andrews (capt), 5.Brent Sancho, 16.Dennis Lawrence, 19.Kenwyne Jones, 7.Andre Boucaud (13.Cornell Glen 70th), 9.Arnold Dwarika, 11.Brent Rahim (10.Jason Scotland 89th), 14.Stern John, 15.Errol McFarlane (12.Denzil Theobald, 86th).

T&T Subs Not Used:
21.Clayton Ince, 6.Derek King, 18.Silvio Spann, 3.Stokely Mason.

Probably St Kitts/Nevis Line-Up:
Akil Byron - Floyd Hodge, Keithroy Richards, Alexis Riley, Toussaint Riley, Austin Huggins, Darren Hinds, Keith Gumbs, Daryl Gomez, George Isaac (capt), Ian Lake (Alister Warner).

Other CONCACAF WCQ Results - Home Team Listed First:

Jamaica 1 (Damani Ralph 82nd) vs Panama 2 (Roberto Brown 3rd, Julio Dely Valdes 90th).

Canada 1 (Jason DeVos 82nd) vs Honduras 1 (Amado Guevara 88th-Pen).

USA 2 (Brian Ching 6th, Landon Donovan 69th) vs El Salvador 0.

Guatemala 2 (Juan Carlos Plata 57th, 80th) vs Costa Rica 1 (Alonso Solis 24th).
Patriot, Up-Close.

By now you would have known the final result T&T 2 v St Kitts 1. Now let start by saying that for the first 15 minutes WE virtually camped out in St Kitts 1/2 of the field ! We launched wave after wave of attacks and created numerous chances during that time. However NONE went in ! As so often is the case in football, it’s the team that TAKES it chances that progresses. So it was, when in and around the 25th minute of play, St Kitts got a free kick just outside the T&T box, with Brent Sancho who had been injured in a head clash with a Kittian player, off the field. The ball curved around the wall and strung up keeper Kelvin Jack, 1-0 St Kitts. Talk about AGAINST the run of play. After the goal, T&T returned to creating chance after chance, where upon Stern John hit the bar from inside the area, Rojas sent a perfect cross which no one could connect to and Errol McFarlane headed wide. Eventually the pressure paid off when a long ball out fell to Stern John who rounded the keeper and sent a curling ball which McFarlane did well to meet to tie the scores up WITH THE LAST KICK OF THE 1ST HALF.

In the second ½ T&T seem to have faded a bit and there was more of an ebb and flow to the game with St Kitts actually having the odd chance or two. T&T however had a guilt-edged opportunity when on an excellent through-ball with only the keeper to beat, John poked a weak effort goal ward. With about 15 minutes to go , T&T brought on Cornell Glen for Andre Boucaud and dropped Errol McFarlane into mid-field. Glenn soon got a chance one on one with the St Kitts keeper, but shot into the side-netting. Then came a decisive change, with Theobald replacing McFarlane. T&T immediately gained the ascendancy once more with Kenwyne Jones making a brilliant solo run, cutting in from the right-flank and dribbling 3 players before also hitting the side netting. With one minute of regular time to go, Bertille was about to bring on Jason Scotland, when T&T won a corner, which, miss-handled by the keeper and the St Kitts defence failed to clear, the ball was poked home by a lunging Stern John to put tears in the eyes of the approximately 2000 Kittitians. T&T ends up winning 2-1

Overall, I’d say we played FAR superior to the St Vincent game. We created MUCH more opportunities, BUT just could not FINISH. For the second game in a row, we left it late, but got 3 more points on the road.

Player Ratings:-

Kelvin Jack – 7.5.
Surprising first choice, saved well when required, (not very often), but a surprise bullet in the first have had him heroically diving.

Dennis Lawrence – 6.
One of the worst games I‘ve seen tall man play… I think he is carrying an ankle injury and so he was not as commanding a presence as he usually is.

Marvin Andrews – 8.
Solid as a rock, seemed to be “protecting” Lawrence, as Marvin took most of the free-kicks from the back and made the passes out from the back.

Brent Sancho – 8.5.
Truly an outstanding and stellar performance. Was instrumental in closing down attacks and we conceded the goal when HE was off the field. Soldiered on bravely despite a bandaged head injury.

Marlon Rojas – 7.5.
Made several overlapping runs, provided a couple decent crosses and recovered well.

Kenwyne Jones - 7.
Played much more offensively, made some great over-lapping runs, BUT crossing was abysmal ! created many chances with aggressive runs into the St Kitts area.

Andre Boucaud – 6.5.
Didn’t do anything exceptional, but played a simple game, linked up well with the other mid-fielders, dropped back into defence, but tackled badly.

Brent Rahim – 6.5.
Was consistent but likewise, was not exceptional, made.

Arnold Dwarika - 7.5.
Had a fantastic game, NOT as aggressive in tracking back as in St Vincent, but made some great passes.

Stern John – 6.5.
Notably Stern John made TWO telling contributions for the ENTIRE game… BOTH GOALS, but REALLY, other than that he was ANONYMOUS for the second game in a row.

Errol McFarlane - 8.
Played more aggressively, dropped back to support the defence and won virtually EVERY SINGLE ball played forward in the air.

Cornell Glen - 7.
Made a good impression when coming off the bench, but could possibly have been brought on earlier.

Denzil Theobald – 8.
Was a great addition off the bench, moved forward well and linked up well too.

Jason Scotland - N/A.
Had the grand total of 2 minutes on the field.

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