Trinidad and Tobago senior footballers bounce back from a 2-1 defeat to Bermuda 4-days ago to thrash Barbados 4-0 at the Hasley Crawford Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Speedy winger Lester Peltier got a hattrick for T&T and Hughtun Hector added the final nail on the coffin as the Warriors cruise to it's biggest victory thus far in it's 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign.
T&T 4 (Lester Peltier 7, 54, 62, Hughtun Hector 88) v Barbados 0
Trinidad & Tobago: - 1.Marvin Phillip, 20.Seon Power, 4.Akeem Adams, 6.Osei Telesford, 5.Julius James, 11.Kevin Molino (12.Kendall Jagdeosingh 75th), 8.Khaleem Hyland, 13.Lester Peltier (Yellow 35), 19.Keon Daniel (10.Hayden Tinto 46th), 9.Devorn Jorsling (15.Hughtun Hector 46th), 14.Stern John (capt).
Unused Subs: - 21.Jan-Michael Williams, 2.Clyde Leon, 17.Mekeil Williams, 18.Andrei Pacheco.
Barbados: - 1.Jason Boxill, 2.Barry Skeete, 16.Emmerson Boyce (capt), 5.Kimelle Burgess, 7.Carl Joseph (Yellow 22) (4.Diguan Adamson 25th), 8.Renaldo Marques (14.Dwayne Griffith 62nd), 10.Norman Forde, 9.Neil Harvey, 17.John Parris, 13.Ramuel Miller (11.Tristan Parris 46th), 18.Sherian Grosvenor.
Unused Subs: - 23.Bently Springer, 3.Jonathan Straker, 6.Louis Moss, 15.Kyle Givson.
Referee: - Raymond Bogle (Jamaica).
Venue: - Hasley Crawford Stadium.
Crowd: - 5,000.
Peltier's hattrick punishes Barbados as 'Warriors' win 4-0.
By: Shaun Fuentes (TTFF).
Trinidad and Tobago hit back in fine four-goal fashion as they completed a 4-0 victory over Barbados in their latest 2014 World Cup qualifier at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Needing to win to revamp their chances of advancing to the next phase following their 2-1 loss to Bermuda on Friday, the “Soca Warriors” got a welcomed hattrick from AS Trencin winger Lester Peltier (7th, 55th, 62nd) and one from W Connection midfielder Hughtun Hector (90th) to move to nine points, one behind Guyana who got an 81st minute equalizer to hold Bermuda 1-1 in Hamilton. Ricky Shakes, who played in a friendly for T&T in 2006, was their scorer on the night.
T&T got the quick start they needed with Peltier’s goal on seven minutes. The player ran onto a ball knocked over the Barbados defence and placed his shot well past goalkeeper Jason Boxhill.
The goal was well received by the 3,500 odd fans at the venue and T&T looked set to have a go at their opponents. But the “Bajans” were not prepared to go down easily and roughed up the T&T players on occasions as they tried to unsettle Otto Pfister’s men.
At one point, in the 21st minute, Pfister rushed off the bench to appeal after Carl Joseph upended Peltier near the touch line. Jamaican referee Raymond Bogle cautioned Joseph but maybe should have dished out a couple more in order to send an early message to the visitors who continuously used that approach as the half progressed.
Joseph had Barbados’ first attempt at goal, a snap effort from atop the box which went wide of Marvin Phillip’s goal in the 20th.
T&T maintained a fair amount of possession but did not create as many clear cut chances on the attack as they would have hoped for. On 31 minutes, defender Seon Power, usually solid, was robbed of possession by Ramuel Miller just outside the box but he dragged his effort wide in a hurried attempt.
Barbados actually forced two corners near half time, the last one being bundled wide of the far post by Neil Harvey.
T&T looked a lot more busy going forward on the resumption with Pfister introducing Hayden Tinto and Hughtun Hector into the team at the expense of Keon Daniel and Devorn Jorsling who partnered skipper Stern John in the forward line.
On 53 minutes, John’s ball ended up in the six yard but Power’s connection only led to the ball going over bar from close up.
Two minutes later Peltier punished Barbados when he ran forward on a long ball played up and his presence allowed him to capitalize on a mishap with Boxhill and he made no mistake slotting home for a 2-0 T&T lead.
It wasn’t too long before John had a wonderful opportunity to triple T&T’s advantage when he was well positioned to meet an incoming right side ball only to see his shot denied by Boxhill’s legs.
Another well played ball for the onrushing Peltier saw T&T go 3-0 up. The Trencin man collected well and moved towards goal unchallenged before clinically hitting home.
T&T were now in control and mounting attack after attack on the visitors. Peltier went looking for goal number four, rushing into the box and leaving his man nicely before shooting against a defender.
Barbados still tried to pull a goal back, trying to forward when they could. Substitute Diguan Adamson shot into the side net on 84 minutes.
Moments earlier, Peltier played one for John who got around the advancing ‘keeper but ended up too deep and was unable to get good look at goal. He found Tinto but Barbados scrambled the ball to safety.
Hector then finished it off in style, pushing forward and cheekily chipping the advancing Boxhill for T&T’s fourth goal of the evening.
Post match comments after the victory.
T&T head coach Otto Pfister expressed some satisfaction with the 4-0 win over Barbados on Tuesday and says T&T now have it in their own hands regarding qualification for the next round of the 2014 campaign. T&T now heads to Guyana to play on November 11 and again in Port of Spain four days later aiming to score two further victories in order to advance.
"I was pleased with the result. I had to change the team. We played the first twenty minutes under some pressure because of the loss to Bermuda but we came back well. We took twenty minutes to come into the game. We played a much better second half. We played the second half just like we do in training.
The boys played with confidence, we played two touch football and overlapping on the right side with Peltier and also with Molino on the left side and Tinto and Hector. We were missing some key players but the performance today was good from all of the boys. I was happy with Stern John also.
Okay maybe he is not one hundred percent, he is not fast but his personality in the field is very, very important. Now we have it in our hands with the remaining two games if we are to advance to the next round.
Football is war and we have to fight. Next game we will have Kenwyne and Carlos and Darryl starts to train again tomorrow so we can have three more experienced players in the team" - Otto Pfister
Stern John (captain) - "The boys worked hard and we got the result everyone wanted. It's not over yet because we have two games to win. I believe we are getting it right with every game. We needed to win big today and we got four goals. Now we will move on to Guyana."
Lester Peltier - "I was very focused for this game. I wasn't even talking to some of my teammates earlier today and they were saying that I was not even doin that but just focusing. It's my first hattrick for the country.
A hattrick is good bu I want to keep doing well and today was just a bit of what we need to be doing. It's a while since I've seen the national team play this way like how we dominated in the second half and scored our chances. We have to work towards doing that a bit more and keep a consistent form in our matches."
Julius James - "For me I was delighted because we kept another clean sheet and that's always something to feel good about as a defender. We gave up two goals in Bermuda and we came into this match knowing we had to prevent the team from scoring and put away our chances if we were to have a chance of winning.
Overaall i think the chemistry is coming along well and we will continue to work hard towards the next two games. All in all, we have to simply win those two to advance to the next stage."
Hughtun Hector - "This was an important result for us. I thought I had been putting in the hard work and I was given the chance to show that by coming off the bench in these two matches.
I think once we play well and take our chances then we will always stand a good chance of winning games. Maybe we could have scored more in both games but we will keep on working and try to make things better in the remaining games. I want to succeed and so does the rest of the team."