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T&T vs Guatemala (26-Mar-2005).
Sun Mar 27, 2005 07:10

Guatemala nets 5 to power past T&T.
By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.

A 32nd minute goal by midfielder Carlos Edwards was all Trinidad and Tobago had to show in what can only be termed as a disappointing performance in a 5-1 defeat before a partisan crowd at the Mateo Flores Stadium, Guatemala City on Saturday night.
Edwards’ strike from atop the penalty box came at a time when T&T seemed to be getting back in the match after Guatemala had grabbed opening goals through Guillermo Ramirez (17th minute) and Carlos Ruiz in the 30th minute. But there would be no come back for the Dwight Yorke captained team as the homeside demonstrated a stronger appetite for the three points by putting the game out of T&T’s reach on further occasions in the second match of the 2006 World Cup final qualifying round.
Guatemala had the early cracks at goal in what appeared to be an evenly balanced contest in the opening 15 minutes. On four minutes, Freddy Thompson shot over bar and Ruiz did the same in the 11th minute.
Kenwyne Jones, playing up front with Stern John, created T&Ts first opening when he forced his way past two defenders on the right of the box only to have his effort blocked and cleared to safety after 13 minutes.
Just when it seemed T&T had survived the opening stages of the game, tragedy struck.
A give up in possession by John near the half line allowed Ramirez to pick up and move down the left flank before hitting a feeble looking shot to goal which crept below Shaka Hislop on his right near post to send the Guatemalans ahead 1-0.
The task of picking up points on the road got even longer for Bertille St Clair’s team when Ruiz made up for his earlier miss by collecting a left side pass by Ramirez and clinically hitting past a stranded Hislop after his defense failed to pick up on the Los Angeles Galaxy forward inside the box.
Edwards then gave T&T renewed hope soon after. A left sided cross was partially cleared and Edwards got the loose ball atop the box before unleashing a right footer which took a deflection on its way into the top right corner.
Dennis Lawrence, Brent Sancho, Nigel Henry and Anton Pierre started in defense but it was evident that there was too much vulnerability at the back. And Guatemala made T&T pay again in the 38th minute as Ruiz headed home following a short corner on the right.
T&T came out in the second half well aware that only a quick goal would put them back in the game and turned their game up a notch. Jones went close when his acrobatic effort went wide of the mark from Anton Pierre’s cross in the 48th minute.
A couple minutes later, Yorke combined well with Edwards who served from the right but John stretched his legs only to send the ball wide again.
Jones then fought his way clear on the right but once again his ball inside failed to meet John.
At that stage, it seemed as if T&T were destined not to score as St Clair would have been holding his head once more in the 60th minute. This time it was Yorke trying on goal but his one time left footed volley was deflected inches over bar.
Soon after Yorke sent Eve wide on the right and a well directed ball into the box left John heading straight to goalkeeper Ricardo Foster. Eve then tried on his own, squeezing past two defenders on the left before cutting across before hitting over bar.
Up to then, the scoreline may not have been a true reflection of the match itself as T&T created openings but failed to make use and the home side realized that they were now playing against eleven men with their back to the wall.
Striker Hector Sam came on for Leslie Fitzpatrick while Jones made way for David Nakhid as T&T tried to make something work in attack. But instead it was the Guatemalans who got it right as they went into attack.
Dwight Pezzarossi was given enough time and room to move into the right of the box and nail his shot into the top right corner past Hislop for a 4-1 advantage.
Eight minutes from the end John got another chance which he would normally put away on his day. Edwards had served nicely from the right but John’s effort was stopped by the ‘keeper.
The Guatemalans completed their handful five minutes from time when Pezzarossi, known as 'The Tank' slotted home from close range following a break on the right.

TRI Line-Up:
1.Shaka Hislop, 3.Nigel Henry, 16.Anton Pierre, 5.Brent Sancho, 11.Dennis Lawrence, 7.Leslie Fitzpatrick (Hector Sam 58th), 19.Dwight Yorke (capt), 8.Angus Eve, 11.Carlos Edwards, 15.Kenwyne Jones (David Nakhid 68th), 14.Stern John.

Subs Not Used:
Nigel Pierre, Silvio Spann, Clayton Ince, Marlon Rojas, Atiba Charles.

GUA Line-Up:
1.Ricardo Trigueno, 4.Denis Chen (Carlos Quinonez 31st), 6.Gustavo Cabrera, 3.Pablo Melgar, 12.Carlos Figeuroa, 11.Guillermo Ramirez (capt), 7.Fredy Thompson, 13.Nestor Martinez, 8.Gonzalo Romero (Mynor Davila 79th), 20.Carlos Ruiz (Juan Carlos Plata 85th), 17.Dwight Pezzarossi.

Attendance: 26,000.
‘Warriors’ left hanging tough.
By: Shaun Fuentes, TTFF Press Officer.

With Trinidad and Tobago sitting at the bottom of the six-team table and being the only nation without a point, Wednesday’s 2006 World Cup qualifier has now been set up as one in which the “Warriors” must demonstrate true character if they are to avoid falling into a dug hole on the “Journey to Germany”.
With Mexico and United States meeting on Sunday and both with three points each, Guatemala moved to the top with four points, Costa Rica fourth with three points and Panama with one ahead of T&T.
Dwight Yorke, wearing the captain’s armband in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to Guatemala, for the first time since netting a hattrick in a 6-0 win over Panama during the 2002 qualifiers, urged his teammates to pick themselves up and get on with the task ahead.
Yorke and company were left in a gloom position following the heavy defeat but he refused to throw the towel in.
“It’s not like we can’t get the job done and get results but at the same time we’ve got to look back at where we have gone wrong and try to correct these mistakes and move on. We’ve got to pick up and go again and it starts from Wednesday when we play Costa Rica,” Yorke told TTFF Media.
Coach Bertille St Clair said it was one of the more untidy performances he had seen since taking over in February 2004.
“It was in fact one of our most disappointing performances,” St Clair said in the post match press conference. “We came here wanting three points and we didn’t get that but it got even worse because we conceded five goals. They definitely showed that they wanted it more than we did and they played fairly well at the end of it all. We have eight more games to go and we must get up and move on. It’s a sad loss but I do not think we should dwell on this result.”
Missing key defender Marvin Andrews who sustained a knee injury while Ian Cox was also ruled out with a hamstring injury left Brent Sancho having to anchor the defense. But the night turned out to be a long and miserable one for the Scottish-based defender and his fellow men at the back.
“We just didn’t get it right and it’s simply a matter now where we have to reflect on the loss and see how we can take it further and get ourselves back in shape for what is a very important match for us against Costa Rica on Wednesday,” Sancho said.
Striker Cornell Glen missed the match due to an ankle strain while playmaker Denzil Theobald was also out with a fractured instep. It is left to be seen what amendments, if any, will be made to the team for Wednesday’s encounter at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. The T&T team was scheduled to depart Guatemala City on Sunday morning and arrive home during the night via Miami.

Final Scoreboard:
Guatemala      5      v     1     Trinidad and Tobago.
Guillermo Ramirez 18 Carlos Edwards 32
Carlos Ruiz 30, 38
Dwight Pezzarossi 78, 87

Costa Rica 2 v 1 Panama.
Wayne Wilson 39 Roberto Brown 58
Roy Myrie 90
Standings & Stats.

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