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T&T vs Atlanta Silverbacks (22-Mar-2005).
Thu Mar 24, 2005 08:14
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St Clair: We’ll be prepared for whatever comes our way.
By: Shaun Fuentes.


Veteran midfielder Angus Eve continued his scoring form for Trinidad and Tobago’ senior team when his 41st minute rocket shot turned out to be the winning item for the “Warriors” in their 2-1 victory over Atlanta Silverbacks at the Sunrise Hilton training pitch on Tuesday.
In what was the final tune up before Satirday’s 2006 World Cup qualifier away to Guatemala, coach Bertille St Clair saw his men turn in a solid performance against a team that never really posed problems as goalkeepers Shaka Hislop and Clayton Ince got a half each with not very much to do between the uprights.
Overall though, the exercise may have been just what the team wanted at this stage, a chance to get together in a game situation.
The Silverbacks, team of midfielder Leslie “Tiger” Fitzpatrick seemed intent on giving the visitors a tough run but they never really matched up and were lucky not to have gone behind in the 22nd minute when Anton Pierre’s drive from the top edge of the penalty box went just wide of the upright.
With nothing to show on the scoresheet, Eve then stepped up. A ball played into Stern John by midfielder Dwight Yorke on the edge of the box led to Eve collecting wide on the right and having sufficient time to rifle home a right footer through the stranded Silverbacks goalie on 34 minutes.
Stoke City’s Kenwyne Jones started up front with John but he had to be replaced in the 24th minute after receiving a knock to the knee. His replacement, Nigel Pierre, didn’t take long to make the 100 odd T&T fans present aware of his presence. Carlos Edwards swung one over from the right and Pierre, all alone, went up and perfectly headed into the right corner for a 2-0 advantage going into the break. Moments before the break though, Fitzpatrick won the ball atop the box and found Yorke whose well struck low shot was saved by the ‘keeper.
The second half saw St Clair change his team around with Silvio Spann replacing Edwards. Keyeno Thomas for Eve, while Rojas, an earlier substitute, came back on for Eve. With 20 minutes to go Silverbacks midfielder and former Honduran National team star, Alex Pineda-Chacon brought them back into the game when he scored one.
The other defenders Anton Pierre, Brent Sancho, Nigel Henry played the full 90 as did John and Yorke. Wrexham’s Dennis Lawrence and Hector Sam received at the Sunrise shortly after the outing.
Miami-based forward Jason Nelson, from Tobago, also got a few minutes in place of Pierre (N) near the end. Nakhid got 17 minutes of the pitch in place of Atiba Charles and showed glimpses of his ability in the middle, making runs at the defense and threading the ball around but to little avail at that stage.
“I think overall the match was a good one for us because the guys looked more assertive and comfortable as a team,” St Clair told TTFF Media. “It allowed us to see how the players would perform in the positions that we will like to be in and all in all, it was not a bad showing. We were clean in defense and things didn’t look badly in the middle of the park but we know that it will be a different ball game in Guatemala and at this stage we will be prepared for what is to come at us,” St Clair added. The team spent much of Wednesday relaxing and will return to the training ground on Thursday morning before departing for Guatemala ahead of Saturday's encounter.
Despite the outcome for Silverbacks, Head Coach David Vaudreuil was extremely pleased with his squad's efforts against a T&T squad that featured Dwight Yorke, Stern John and Shaka Hislop, he commented, "Given that we're missing several of our regular season starters, and one of those was playing for the other team, we played much better than I expected. I'm pleased with our progress in such a short period of time."

Line-Up:
Shaka Hislop (Clayton Ince 46th), Anton Pierre, Brent Sancho, Nigel Henry, David Atiba Charles (David Nakhid 73rd), Carlos Edwards (Silvio Spann), Leslie Fitzpatrick (Marlon Rojas), Dwight Yorke, Angus Eve (capt) (Keyeno Thomas), Kenwyne Jones (Nigel Pierre 24th) (Jason Nelson), Stern John.

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