|Dominican Republic||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Nigel Pierre (72')|
World Cup Qualifier
|2000-04-16||Estadío San Crístobal||San Cristobal, Dominican Republic||1000|
Soca Warriors advance
|TRINIDAD and Tobago footballers advanced to the third round of the 2002 World Cup qualifying series with a comfortable 1-0 victory over the Dominican Republic in a return leg at the Institute Preparacion de Menores in San Cristobal yesterday.|
The winner came off the boot of substitute striker Nigel Pierre in the 65th minute. Pierre replaced Mickey Trotman just before half time after the Joe Public striker tore a ligament.
T&T now face Haiti here on May 6.
Holding a 3-0 advantage from the first leg at the Queen's Park Oval two weeks ago, T&T were expecting a tougher challenge but the Dominican Republic gave a laid back performance.
The winning goal followed a clearance from goalkeeper Ross Russell which was met by Arnold Dwarika who nodded the ball for Pierre to hit a low left-footer in the left corner of the net.
Pierre, currently awaiting a work permit appeal before returning to English Second Division side Bristol Rovers, was elated about his goal.
"It was a good goal for me personally. We were never under any real threat because they allowed us to play more of the football."
Scotland-born coach Ian Porterfield was pleased with the performance although he felt more scoring chances could have been created.
Starting line up: Ross Russell (goalkeeper, captain), Brent Sancho (Lyndon Andrews
75th), Shurland David, Marvin Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Carlos Edwards, Stokely
Mason, Mickey Trotman (Nigel Pierre 44th), Arnold Dwarika, Sherwin Julien, Angus
|22.||Ross Russell (capt.)|
|7.||Dennis Lawrence 53 '|
|80' Lyndon Andrews|
|35' Nigel Pierre|
|35'||Nigel Pierre for Mickey Trotman|
|80'||Lyndon Andrews for Brent Sancho|