|Guadeloupe||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Christian Baptiste (47')|
Andre Toussaint (62')
|2007-03-24||Roger Zami Stadium||Gosier, Guadeloupe||0|
Creditable comeback by new look 'Warriors' in Gosier
|A young developing Trinidad and Tobago team showed real determination to come back and earn a 2-2 draw with an experienced Guadeloupe side in a very entertaining Digicel International friendly Match in Guadeloupe on Saturday night.|
Trinidad and Tobago started the game very brightly and with so many new young faces brought in to impress coach Wim Rijsbegen, they wasted no time in showing him their worth in his side.
With Densill Theobald unable to travel due to injury, Gary Glasgow had the honour of taking up the captain’s armband and he quickly set about trying to open his account for the evening.
After only 14 minutes Fausta in the Guadeloupe goal was called into making two fine stops. The first of which came from Glasgow after a nice inter-exchange with Christian Baptiste of Defence Force, and the second when he was confronted by W Connection’s Andre Toussaint on a one-on-one situation, but managed to get his hands behind the pacey centre forwards stinging shot.
On 16 minutes, and against the run of play, Guadeloupe opened the scoring. When Dwayne Jack gave the ball away under pressure from Xavier Bematol, his team mate Seon Power stepped in to assist, but, his attempted clearance rebounded off the unfortunate Jack and fell perfectly into the path of the on-running Bematol who coolly slotted the ball home from the left edge of the 18 yard box as Marvin Phillip came out to claim the wicked rebound.
The "Soca Warriors" gained composure quickly and looked to get back on level terms as fast as possible. The chance came on 20 minutes when a free kick was awarded to the visitors on the edge of the Guadeloupe box.
Christian Baptiste stepped up and hit a thunderous left footed drive just the wrong side of the right hand post.
After 36 minutes Guadeloupe almost took advantage of another disastrous defensive error when Seon Power’s attempted header back to his keeper under pressure from the experienced Jocelyn Angloma, left the former French International kicking the ball over the advancing Phillip, but fortunately for the T&T keeper his effort went just over the bar.
Guadeloupe did get their second though on 41 minutes, when Steve Bizacene played a delightful ball through the centre of the T&T defence to the lethal Xavier Bematol who did again what he did earlier and ran through to coolly slot the ball past the onrushing Phillip.
Christian Baptiste had a golden chance to peg one back for Wim Rijsbergen’s side when he controlled the ball beautifully on the left edge of the box but drilled his shot into the side netting when it seemed more likely he would score.
The lanky left sided midfielder from Defence Force made amends when 2 minutes into the restart he pulled one back for the Soca Warriors after a well worked free kick.
Jabloteh’s Nigel Daniel played the free kick short to Glasgow who stopped the ball dead for Baptiste to step up and hit a thunderbolt of a free kick at goal which proved too hot for Fausta to handle as his attempted save simply bounced off his hands and fell gently into the corner of the net.
T&T seemed to take the initiative and almost had a superb equalizer moments later when Joe Public’s Seon Power’s run and cross from the right was controlled beautifully on the thigh of Andre Toussaint who met the ball sweetly on the full with a thunderous volley that flew just inches over Fausta’s bar.
The Soca Warriors showed true grit and started to really take control of the game and on 62 minutes drew level with a moment of individual brilliance from W Connection striker Andre Toussaint.
With his back to goal and 20 yards out, Toussaint received the ball from Trent Noel, turned sweetly to his left and thumped an unstoppable shot to the bottom left corner of Fausta’s net to bring parity to this very exciting game.
The French West Indies side were determined however to make the home crowd go home happy and when presented with a free kick just 18 yards out they looked to former Marseille Valencia and French international Angloma to put them back in front. However the French superstar could not find anyway past a determined Phillip in the T&T goal as he went full length to punch the free kick wide to safety.
Angloma called the newly signed North East Stars keeper into action only moments later again when he saved one handed from a tight angled shot, which seemed as if it may sneak into the roof of the net.
However it was Nigel Daniel of San Juan Jabloteh who had the last chance of the game when his free kick from 18 yards out was destined to go into the top corner, but for a one handed superb save from a flying Fausta.
Level pegging it ended and a fair result for two sides that seems to be preparing well for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup with this first Digicel International friendly Match.
Guadeloupe: - Matius Fausta, Kevin Delannay (Jean Yves Baltyde 65th), Alain Vertot, Lerry Hanany (Eric Mocka 85th), Xavier Bematol, Luedovic Gotin, Steve Bizacene (Constant Theresine 75th), Mickael Laurent (Cedric Fiston 45th), Jean Luc Lambourde, Jocelyn Angloma, Marving Onesta.
Trinidad and Tobago: - Marvin Phillip, Dwayne Jack, Seon Power, Nigel Daniel, Christian Baptiste, Trent Noel, Nickcolson Thomas, Kerry Baptiste (Silas Spann 81st), Romauld Aguillera, Andre Toussaint, Gary Glasgow (capt) (Abiola Clarence 64th).
|81' Silas Spann|
|12.||Gary Glasgow (capt.)|
|64' Abiola Clarence|
|64'||Abiola Clarence for Gary Glasgow|
|81'||Silas Spann for Kerry Baptiste|