|Venezuela||Trinidad & Tobago|
|2003-04-30||Estadío Pueblo Nuevo||San Cristobal, Venezuela||25000|
Venezuela beats Soca Warriors 3-0
|Trinidad and Tobago senior footballers lost for the fourth time in six matches when they suffered a 3-0 defeat to neighbouring Venezuela at the Pueblo Nuevo Stadium, San Cristóbal, in front of 22,000 spectators on Thursday night.|
Having failed in its bid to qualify for the Gold Cup finals, carded for July in the USA and Mexico through the three-nation play-offs, the local player,s led by Yugloslav-born coach Zoran Vranes, were hoping to redeem themselves with a good result.
But it was no to be and after holding out for the first 25th minutes debutant goalkeeper Peter Ramon-Fortune, who campaigns in the T&T Pro-League with Arima Fire, was beaten by forward Juan Arango in the 30th minute.
That goal seemed to unsettle the Trinidad and Tobago players and nine minutes later Arango again beat Ramon-Fortune to double T&Ts lead.
Nine minutes into the second-half, Vranes made his first move, introducing CL Financial San Juan Jabloteh striker, Kerry Noray, at the expense of Sean Julien.
Still trailing 2-0, Vranes made further substitutions in Conrad Smith (60th) and Anton Pierre (72nd) for mid-fielder Brent Rahim and Reynold Carrington who were not that effective.
But they too had little impact on the Venezuelans, who responded with a goal from Daniel Noriega, who replaced Gabriel Urdaneta in the 50th minute.
With the score now 3-0, Jason Scotland and Kerry Baptiste were also introduce by coach Varnes, but they too failed to conjure up a goal for T&T.
The defeat for T&T comes in the wake of defeats against Honduras (2-0); Martinique (3-2) and Cuba (3-1).
VENEZUELA 3 (Juan Argango 30th, 39th, Daniel Noriega 75th) bt TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 0
VENEZUELA: Gilberto Angelucci, Héctor González (61: Luis Vallenilla), Wilfredo Alvarado, José Manuel Rey (76: Alejandro Cichero), Jorge Rojas, Miguel Mea Vitali, Leopoldo Jiménez, Ricardo David Páez (72: Giovanni Pérez), Gabriel Urdaneta (50: Daniel Noriega), Juan Arango, Wilfredo Moreno (60: Juan García).
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Peter Ramón Fortune, Brent Sancho, Keyeno Thomas, Nigel Daniel, Cyd Gray, Silvio Spann (82nd Kerry Baptiste), Trent Noel, Reynold Carrington (72nd Anton Pierre), Brent Rahim (60th Conrad Smith), Sean Julien (54th Kerry Noray), Cornel Glenn (78th Jason Scotland). Booked:
|8.||Reynold Carrington (capt.)|
|7.||Cyd Gray 36 '|
|72' Anton Pierre|
|62' Conrad Smith|
|83' Kerry Baptiste|
|79' Jason Scotland|
|79' Sean Julien|
|62'||Conrad Smith for Brent Rahim|
|72'||Anton Pierre for Cyd Gray|
|79'||Sean Julien for Kerry Noray|
|79'||Jason Scotland for Cornell Glen|
|83'||Kerry Baptiste for Silvio Spann|