|Trinidad & Tobago||Haiti|
|Andre Toussaint (76')|
|2007-05-28||Hasely Crawford Stadium||Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||500|
Trinidad and Tobago exact revenge on Haiti as they progress to Digicel Shield Final
|Trinidad and Tobago made amends to their home fans after their crushing Digicel Caribbean Cup final defeat to Haiti as they saw off the Haitian Gold Cup side 1-0 in an exciting Digicel Shield semi final in Port of Spain to now go on and face Mexico on Wednesday night in the Digicel Shield Final.|
The soca warriors started with serious intent and were obviously determined to try and make amends to their home fans for the defeat they suffered at the hands of the visitors in the final of the Digicel Caribbean Cup last January.
Top scorer from that tournament Gary Glasgow, who received his mobile phone prize for his highest goal tally in January from Digicel Trinidad’s sponsorship manager Marita Laurent, was very busy in and around the Haitian box and looked lively enough to try and add to his goal tally for the senior team.
Digicel Caribbean Cup champions Haiti who have played some tough opposition in the recent months and indeed more than held there own, showed their progression as they began to get more into the game and on 18 minutes were denied taking a one goal lead as Marvin Phillip extended himself well to get a hand to St. Jean Roland’s well placed shot.
T&T however looked the stronger in the first half and again showed their danger just before the whistle when Gary Glasgow and Darryl Roberts combined well only for the latter to be kept out by some solid defensive play from skipper Bruny Richard.
Haiti, with 4 changes to their opening side at half time and the coaches comments obviously still ringing in their ears, came out in the second half a more determined side.
Changing to a 4-3-3 formation the Digicel Cup champions came inches to scoring on two separate occasions as firstly Noel Fabrice was inches away from connecting with a lovely cross from Brunel and then Marcelin James saw his effort go narrowly wide.
T&T coach Wim Rijsbergen then looked to make a tactical change of his own and brought on 3 attacking players which as so often is the case, proved decisive from the Dutch master tactician.
On 76 minutes Captain Densil Theobald released substitute Andre Toussaint with a delicate defense splitting pass, and watched as the nimble striker calmly slotted the ball under the body of the onrushing Haitian keeper Gabart.
Haiti could find no way back and the new look soca warriors now confidently go forward to meet Mexico in the Digicel Shield final where a large home crowd are expected to see their local heroes one final time before they depart for their opening game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
Trinidad and Tobago: Marvin Phillip, Romauld Aguillera, Keyeno Thomas, Nickcolson Thomas, Gary Glasgow (Andre Toussaint 67’), Christian Baptiste, Darryl Roberts (Errol McFarlane 67’), Andrei Pacheco, Sylvio Spann (Kerry Baptiste 67’), Densill Theobald, Anthony Noreiga
Haiti: Fenelon Gabart, Gilles Frantz( Raymond Ednerson 83’), Noncent Windsor, Guillamme Stephane, Fucien Brunel, Cadet Eliphene (Noel Fabrice 45’) Alexandre Boucicant (Romulus Turlien 45’), Marcelin James, Brunny Richard, Chery Mones (Jacques Jamil 45’), St Jean Roland (Germain Peter 45’)
|67' Kerry Baptiste|
|7.||Densill Theobald (capt.)|
|67' Andre Toussaint|
|67' Errol McFarlane|
|67'||Andre Toussaint for Gary Glasgow|
|67'||Errol McFarlane for Darryl Roberts|
|67'||Kerry Baptiste for Silvio Spann|