|Trinidad & Tobago||Haiti|
|Stern John (21')|
Cornell Glen (43')
|2005-02-03||Hasely Crawford Stadium||Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||0|
Home team repeat victory over Haiti
|COACH Bertille St Clair was left smiling after T&Ts dress rehearsal yesterday against Haiti at Hasely Crawford Stadium.|
After confirmation that Dwight Yorke will be returning to the team for the important first match in the World Cup qualification against the United States on Wednesday, coach St Clairs team gave an improved performance, scoring a 2-1 win to finish unbeaten in the two-match warm-up series against the Haitians.
T&T won the first match 1-0 on Tuesday at Queens Park Oval.
Stern John and Cornell Glen netted the goals for T&T and Turlien Romulus scored for Haiti.
John opened the scoring in the 21st minute when he was served a well-directed free-kick by captain Angus Eve. The Coventry City player guided the ball low into the right corner of the net, away from goalkeeper Luidgi Beauzile.
Eliphene Cadet missed an opportunity to equalise for the Haitians from an inside-left position in the 39th minute, putting the ball wide.
Goalie Shaka Hislop, who replaced Clayton Ince, must be given full credit for narrowing the angle extensively, making it more difficult for Cadet.
Four minutes later, the Soca Warriors increased the lead through Glen.
A long ball from Hislop caught two Haitian defenders going for the same ball which found John, who played it diagonally to Leslie Tiger Fitzpatrick.
In making the third of successive accurate passes, Fitzpatrick squared the ball for Glen on the blind side for him to score easily on the far post.
Haiti wasted no time in getting back into the match by netting two minutes after the restart, Romulus drawing Hislop out of the goal and sliding the ball beneath the keeper.
David Nakhid, who initially is here as an assistant coach to St Clair, was introduced into midfield to replace Anthony Rougier, giving an indication that he will be adding some experience to the team together with Yorke against the Americans in five days time.
Veteran Yorke is doe from London today. He will check in with the rest of the team at the Crowne Plaza Hotel after his arrival.
Yorke will travel with his teammates tomorrow to Tobago where they will complete preparations before returning for Wednesdays match.
Special Adviser to the T&T Football Federation Jack Warner said before the match that the local governing body and the team management welcomed the return of the former Manchester United player.
We do wish to officially confirm that Dwight Yorke will be here to play on Wednesday against the United States. There have been all kinds of rumours over the past three weeks over his future but he and I have been holding discussions over the last week and these discussions have now been very fruitful and have also been amicable all along, Warner stated.
Both of us, in the national interest, have agreed to put the past behind us and to look at the present situation and ahead to what lies in the future because we both believe that this is the best chance this country will ever have for qualifying for a World Cup for a long time to come.
The discussions have always been between us because we have been the two protagonists, for want of a better term and we have decided to bury the hatchet in the national interest.
Yorke, meantime, said he was excited and ready to put his best foot forward for the country in its quest to get to Germany in 2006.
T&T: Shaka Hislop, Avery John (Nigel Pierre 79th), Leslie Fitzpatrick, Angus Eve, Anthony Rougier (David Nakhid 46th), Cornell Glen (Scott Sealy 79th), David Charles, Anton Pierre, Cyd Gray (Densil Theobald 65th), Stern John, Keyeno Thomas.
|65' Densill Theobald|
|79' Nigel Pierre|
|Angus Eve (capt.)|
|46' David Nakhid|
|79' Scott Sealy|
|Bertille St. Clair|
|46'||David Nakhid for Anthony Rougier|
|65'||Densill Theobald for Cyd Gray|
|79'||Nigel Pierre for Avery John|
|79'||Scott Sealy for Cornell Glen|