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2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« on: March 19, 2022, 04:15:56 PM »
International football has returned to TnT... :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Trinidad vs Barbados March 25
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2022, 04:39:49 PM »
Trinidad and Tobago Men to face Barbados and Guyana in Courts Caribbean Classic
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International Men’s Football returns to Port of Spain for the first time since October 2019 when the Courts Caribbean Classic involving the Men’s Senior Teams of Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana takes place at the Hasely Crawford Stadium March 25-29.

This country’s national team, led by head coach Angus Eve, will play its first international friendly at home in just over two years against Barbados at HC Stadium on March 25th before taking on Guyana on March 29th. Barbados and Guyana will face each other prior to that on March 27th. All matches will kick off at 7:00pm.

All matches will be accessible to fully vaccinated patrons and the TTFA will announce ticketing details this coming week.

T&T’s last international friendly at home was played on November 11, 2019, A 15-0 win over Anguilla at the Ato Boldon Stadium.
T&T’s previous encounter at the Hasely Crawford Stadium was a 2-0 defeat to Honduras in CONCACAF Nations League qualifying on October 10, 2019.
T&T defeated Guyana 3-0 in a World Cup qualifier in San Cristobal, March 25th, 2021.
T&T defeated Barbados previously 2-0 in a Friendly at the Ato Boldon Stadium on March 10, 2017.

Angus Eve- Head Coach,Trinidad and Tobago

“This is a perfect opportunity for us. This will be the first time I will actually have the majority of the team that I want to have and play the style of football that I actually want to play with them. Unfortunately we still could not get a couple guys because they had club commitments and we rather sacrifice them now and have them for the Nations League. Other than that I think we have gotten the core of the team that we want to work with and will try to express ourselves going forward in these two friendlies.

“These are three past Trinidad and Tobago coaches at the helm. I played with Russell all my life. I worked with Jamaal Shabazz, I played under him and these are two guys who I respect a lot and are doing great things with their teams in the Caribbean. They want to win the games just as we do. They are looking to develop their programmes just as we do. Both teams have a cadre of English-based players. No longer can you just look at the name of the team that you are playing but you also have to look at the calliber of players in the squad. It will not be an easy game for us and that’s what we want.

“We want to re-establish ourselves in the Caribbean and by extension in Concacaf. Also playing at home is massive for us. We would love to actually see the people in the stands and see the team play live. A lot of the fans don’t know the team right now and this is an opportunity for them to see the team and to see the work that we’ve been doing. I would take this opportunity to thank Courts, the Government and the various stakeholders who are coming together to make this series possible.”

Russell Latapy- Head Coach, Barbados

“I think it’s a great opportunity for all three Caribbean nations to play against each other ahead of the Concacaf Nations League. It’s especially good for our team Barbados to have the chance to come up against better ranked and more experienced opposition especially as they will be at home. We will be using this as preparations for the Nations League and looking to continue developing the team.

“Obviously we Barbados would love to have the preparation time as our opponents. Covid19 has hit us really hard and unfortunately our domestic League hasn’t resumed. And we don’t have the financial and administrative support that I’d like but we have a group of players that wants to do well and it’s a pleasure working with these young men and see them grow. It should hopefully be a couple of competitive matches.

Jamaal Shabazz – Head Coach, Guyana

“This series of matches involving Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Guyana is vital to having regional and international football back on the pitch. The fact that Unicomer as a corporate entity with regional presence has come aboard to make it into the Courts Caribbean Classic is something very profound.

“For me as Guyanese national team coach, born in Trinidad and Tobago competing against Russell Latapy with Barbados and Angus Eve for Trinidad snd Tobago is very exciting.

While we will battle with each other in these matches in using it as practice for the CONCACAF Nations League, this series brings us up against a common opponent called Covid19. We are happy that the Trinidad and Tobago Government, the Health Minister and the Ministry of Health and the Chief Medical Officer and his hardworking staff have afforded us this opportunity to play. We look forward to these matches and “insha’Allah we intend to be intense and provide exciting football.”
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2022, 04:41:49 PM »
Eve on upcoming International Friendlies vs Barbados and Guyana

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2022, 05:01:28 PM »
Here we go again. Playing the Guyanas and Babardoes'. If we playing the Caribbean teams, we should be focusing on Haiti, Curacao, Suriname and Jamaica.

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2022, 03:28:59 PM »
Here we go again. Playing the Guyanas and Babardoes'. If we playing the Caribbean teams, we should be focusing on Haiti, Curacao, Suriname and Jamaica.

Can we beat the Guyana or Barbados? What does recent history tell you?

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2022, 04:22:56 PM »
Here we go again. Playing the Guyanas and Babardoes'. If we playing the Caribbean teams, we should be focusing on Haiti, Curacao, Suriname and Jamaica.

Can we beat the Guyana or Barbados? What does recent history tell you?

Right now beggars can't be choosers. Theses guys just need to play ball. At this time anything will do.

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2022, 04:31:18 PM »
Why do I feel some in here still have that T&T superiority mentality in Caribbean football? despite the results in recent years which proved we have struggled to beat these same Caribbean teams. We could not even beat Bahamas!

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2022, 12:54:49 PM »
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2022, 02:44:43 PM »
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2022, 06:37:37 PM »
Eve selects 24-man roster to face Barbados and Guyana in Courts Caribbean Classic
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Trinidad and Tobago head coach Angus Eve today announced a 24-man roster for the upcoming Courts Caribbean Classic Tri-Nation International match series.

The hosts will take on Barbados on Friday from 7:00pm at the Hasely Crawford Stadium before closing off against Guyana on Tuesday March 29th at the same time and venue. Guyana and Barbados will meet on March 27 at the Mucurapo venue from 7pm.

Spearheading Eve’s attack will be Greek-based attacking player Levi Garcia of AEK Athens as he makes his first return to the National side since the 2-0 win over St Kitts Nevis in CONCACAF World Cup qualifying last June. His brother Judah Garcia has also been recalled after last running out in T&T colours during the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers. Eve has also recalled Moldova-based defender Keston Julien who now has UEFA Champions League and Europa League experience to his name with Sheriff Tiraspol.

Earning a first-time call up is Samory Powder of the University of Detroit Mercy.

“When we looked at the squad, this would have been the first real opportunity to select all of the players that are available and bar some absences because of some personal issues here, club commitments there, basically we got the bulk of players we would have wanted in the squad,” Eve told TTFA Media.

“It’s a major boost for the country to have the likes of Levi Garcia back in the fray. He has not been in the squad since the World Cup qualifiers last year. Also Keston Julien has not been in since the qualifiers. Now we are starting over after having a decent Gold Cup run and trying to rebuild. These guys are experienced but they are young and then we also have a bit more experienced players in the squad such as Marvin Phillip, Radandfah Abu Baker.

“We also have some younger players like goalkeeper Denzil Smith who has been doing really well for himself, Judah Garcia who is out in Europe, Powder who I expect a lot from. We brought back young Nicholas Dillion, a number 9 as you know we are lacking in that area. So I am very excited to be working with the group,” he continued.

“I think it’s a good blend of mid-range aged players, with a couple senior players and players that we have in an age group which can take us through Project 2026 for which I am seeing . We are in good stead from now until that time once we prepare right. These two games are sort of stepping stones to reestablish ourselves in this region because we came out of the World Cup behind Caribbean teams so this is an opportunity for us to test ourselves against two quality Caribbean teams coached by two sons of the soil. I played with Russell for years and learnt a lot of stuff off of him as a player. Jamaal Shabazz has actually coached me at clubs such as Joe Public and Caledonia so it will be interesting to see how the student attacks the both teachers in this series,” Eve added.

The T&T team will have its first training session on Tuesday afternoon at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and will enter a residential training camp earlier in the day.

Tickets, priced at $150 (Covered section) and $100 (Uncovered) will be available to fully vaccinated patrons and available from Tuesday afternoon at The Fan Club (Trincity Mall), Fan Zone (Movietowne Port of Spain, Chaguanas), Legends Sports Bar in Point Fortin, the TTFA head office at Ato Boldon Stadium and on matchdays at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

A live stream will also be avable via pay per view for fans at $5USD per game via tiziq.com
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2022, 11:10:16 AM »
Would of liked to get D Phillips and M Joseph, but guess they to far.

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2022, 12:18:51 AM »
Eve to use Courts Caribbean Classic as Soca Warriors' rebuilding phase.
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday).


TRINIDAD AND Tobago men’s football team coach Angus Eve plans to use the Courts Caribbean Classic as a rebuilding phase for his squad, as they look ahead to the 2022-2023 Concacaf Nations League.

The 2022-2023 Nations League will kick off with the league phase, which is scheduled to run from June 2-14.

The TT team will be involved in the Courts Caribbean Classic, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo. The TT team will square off against Barbados on Friday and Guyana next Tuesday. Barbados and Guyana will meet each other on Sunday.

In an interview on Tuesday, before the team’s training session at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Eve said, “We’re looking to re-establish ourselves in the Caribbean. In the (2022 FIFA) World Cup campaign, we actually lost to Caribbean teams.”

Eve, the former TT captain and midfielder, continued, “It’s a long time now that we haven’t dominated the Caribbean. I believe that when you’re building, you build from the bottom up.”

Two former TT coaches, Jamaal Shabazz and Russell Latapy, will be at the helm of Guyana and Barbados respectively.

“Jamaal Shabazz, we know how experienced he is as a coach, somebody I look up to for a long time,” said Eve. “Russell has a wealth of experience as a player and now he’s imparting that experience as a coach. I think it would be two difficult teams, none of the teams are coming here to lose.”

Eve is pleased that the majority of the foreign-based players, involved with the 24-man squad, have some recent games (albeit at club level) under their belt.

“It’s a good feeling to have the majority of the players actually playing football, because we had to play a lot when the guys were out of season, and not even in pre-season,” said Eve. “This time we can see the guys look a lot leaner and fitter, and I’m happy for that. Hopefully, we can go out there and express ourselves.”

Eve, who replaced Terry Fenwick as TT coach last June, said, “I want to thank Courts for coming on board. We need corporate sponsorship and government sponsorship to get the team back up and running.”

About his squad, he pointed out, “The guys are very enthusiastic, they’re serious, they’re professional and you can only play who is in front of you. We’ll take the games one at a time.”

Watch T&T forward Ryan Telfer looks ahead to Friday's International Friendly vs Barbados

Watch Deportivo Saprissa defender Aubrey David spoke to the Press at training on Tuesday as T&T Senior Men prepare for Friday's Courts Caribbean Classic opener vs Barbados.

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2022, 06:22:32 PM »
just read Latas have pulled out of this will not be managing for the tourney
I pity the fool....

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2022, 02:00:59 PM »
Courts ‘excited’ to be a part of Caribbean Classic
By Joel Bailey (T&T Newsday)


`COURTS Trinidad Ltd, which is a member of the Unicomer Group, is excited to be a part of the invitational tri-nation football tournament – the Courts Caribbean Classic – which will take place from Friday until Tuesday.

The tournament will feature hosts T&T, Barbados and Guyana, in a round-robin format, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

At the media launch on Thursday, at the Courts MegaStore in San Juan, Shahad Ali, public relations officer of Unicomer (Trinidad) Ltd, said, “The TTFA (T&T Football Association) had approached us with the concept of the Courts Caribbean Classic with these three Caribbean countries. Unicomer Caribbean would have gotten together and decided to give them the sponsorship they needed to make this event happen.”

He continued, “We have a long history with football in Trinidad and Tobago. We have an over 20-year relationship with Caledonia AIA. Courts is a household brand in the Caribbean (and) over the years, we’ve really invested in sport. This is the perfect moment for us to take the opportunity to get these players back on the field. We're very excited to be a part of it.”

Ali said that Courts is yet to decide if to sponsor the invitational tournament on a long-term basis.

“(Concerning) continued support, when the TTFA approaches us with a particular proposal, we’ll take a look at it, we’ll evaluate it and, once it’s something that’s feasible for us, once our resources allow, we’ll usually take up the mantle, especially when it comes to sports in the Caribbean.”

Robert Hadad, chairman of the normalisation committee (which runs the day-to-day affairs of the TTFA), is pleased with the return of international men’s football in T&T.

“Extremely excited,” said Hadad. “I’m looking forward to it, I'm looking forward to the rivalry of Trinidad coaches.

Would there be more T&T teams getting the opportunity to play international games at home, once there is a continued gradual easing of the covid19 restrictions? Hadad replied, “Absolutely yes. I’m hoping we can get well ahead of ourselves. I don’t want to make any promises but, once we can afford it, we can get all the teams, at all levels, playing international games here in Trinidad and Tobago.

“The national women’s team would be playing Guyana in Tobago, at the Dwight Yorke Stadium on the 12th of April,” he added.

Would there be more programmes involved for national teams, on a lengthy basis? Hadad responded, “Because of financial constraints, we would put any team back into training so long as there is a tournament imminent. The futsal is starting now. We've appointed a futsal coach and we’re now in the process of (selecting) a futsal management team.”

The T&T men’s Under-23 futsal team, under the guidance of Paul Decle, will have screening sessions on Saturday and Sunday, at the International School in Westmoorings, from 3-7 pm (each day), for fully vaccinated persons only. The team is set to compete at the 2022 Caribbean Games in Guadeloupe.
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #14 on: March 25, 2022, 03:09:24 PM »
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #15 on: March 25, 2022, 04:15:38 PM »
"TIZIQ.COM" for $5 USD...it buffered for while but it's coming in great now, they still warming up :wavetowel:
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« Reply #16 on: March 25, 2022, 05:06:19 PM »
"TIZIQ.COM" for $5 USD...it buffered for while but it's coming in great now, they still warming up :wavetowel:


I doh even know if I would pay $5 at de gate.  ;D You are a trooper!!! Good look!

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« Reply #17 on: March 25, 2022, 05:55:34 PM »
I was hesitant at first but I paid and it's a good stream.
Levi is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of players. Built like a proper athlete. I can see why AEK took a chance on his lil bro Judah too. He's having a decent game. Telfer the usual workhorse and so is fortune. Could do with seeing Hackshaw and Archer in the 2nd half.
Need a better partner in the centre of defence for Aubrey. Moses ain't cutting it, too many misplaced passes.
Could say more but it's definitely a work in progress and a good place to start.
What I'm not happy about is that we weren't even offered a squad list ie starting lineups.
Disgusting oversight imo.

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« Reply #18 on: March 25, 2022, 06:59:10 PM »
I was hesitant at first but I paid and it's a good stream.
Levi is clearly head and shoulders above the rest of players. Built like a proper athlete. I can see why AEK took a chance on his lil bro Judah too. He's having a decent game. Telfer the usual workhorse and so is fortune. Could do with seeing Hackshaw and Archer in the 2nd half.
Need a better partner in the centre of defence for Aubrey. Moses ain't cutting it, too many misplaced passes.
Could say more but it's definitely a work in progress and a good place to start.
What I'm not happy about is that we weren't even offered a squad list ie starting lineups.
Disgusting oversight imo.
I covered the match, here's the Starting XIs, match details, etc
https://globalsportsarchive.com/match/soccer/2022-03-26/trinidad-and-tobago-vs-barbados/2666682/

T&T deserve some credit, but Barbados were truly atrocious.  They did have a normal LW/LB at centre half and their assistant coach in charge, as well as a couple of youngsters, but even that can't excuse the ineptitude of that performance.  The fact their domestic league has been on hiatus for over two years could be part of it too.

Wouldn't say the stream is good value either, decent enough quality but barely any graphics and no replays.
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #19 on: March 25, 2022, 10:27:52 PM »
The match offered a great opportunity to give inexperience a run out. Why was that not embraced in its totality? For instance, why no D. Smith instead of M. Phillip?
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« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2022, 03:09:43 AM »
What USEFUL conclusions can be drawn from the game?

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2022, 08:08:50 AM »
"TIZIQ.COM" for $5 USD...it buffered for while but it's coming in great now, they still warming up :wavetowel:


I doh even know if I would pay $5 at de gate.  ;D You are a trooper!!! Good look!
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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #22 on: March 26, 2022, 08:48:07 AM »
The match offered a great opportunity to give inexperience a run out. Why was that not embraced in its totality? For instance, why no D. Smith instead of M. Phillip?
I second this. Put him in the firing line so we can see what he can do. We already know what Marvin is capable of. Going forward ranjitsngh needs an opportunity as well

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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2022, 09:30:29 AM »
Wouldn't say the stream is good value either, decent enough quality but barely any graphics and no replays.

I concur. Nothing to write home about. And I absolutely hated the banner with the sponsors at the bottom of the screen for long periods of time. Surely there is a better way to do that. At a bare minimum there should be replays.
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« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2022, 10:59:55 AM »
The match offered a great opportunity to give inexperience a run out. Why was that not embraced in its totality? For instance, why no D. Smith instead of M. Phillip?

You see we  keep these guys around and play them to guide the yonger players.
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« Reply #26 on: March 26, 2022, 11:33:49 AM »
(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-1-2-3): 1.Marvin Phillip (GK) (captain); 23.Jesse Williams, 3.Kareem Moses, 2.Aubrey David, 16.Keston Julien; 17.Mekeil Williams (15.Neveal Hackshaw 74); 19.Noah Powder (24.Kevon Goddard 84), 8.Andre Fortune II (10.Duane Muckette 65); 7.Ryan Telfer (14.John-Paul Rochford 74), 11.Levi Garcia (9.Nicholas Dillon 65), 13.Judah Garcia (12.Reon Moore 74).

Unused substitutes: 21.Denzil Smith (GK), 4.Leland Archer, 5.Samory Powder, 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 18.Triston Hodge, 20.Jabari Mitchell, 25.Justin Sadoo.

Coach: Angus Eve

Barbados (4-1-4-1): 18.Liam Brathwaite (GK); 20.Nicoli Brathwaite, 4.Mario Williams (2.Ricardio Morris 80), 8.Ackeel Applewhaite, 5.Jamaal Watson-Cummins (3.Ramon Manning 46); 6.Jomo Harris; 11.Azarel Croney, 13.Darico King (17.Akeem Hill 46), 10.Hadan Holligan (captain), 7.Nadre Butcher (14.Kevon Lucas 80); 19.Armando Lashley.

Unused substitutes: 1.Kishmar Primus (GK), 15.Lemar Catlyn, 16.Shay Prescod, 12.Honor Bradshaw, 9.Keon Atkins.

Coach: Fitzgerald Carter

Referee: Cecile Hinds

Courts Caribbean Classic

(25 March 2022)

Trinidad and Tobago 9 (Levi Garcia 27, 35, 40, Ryan Telfer 29, 59, Nicholas Dillon 68, 77, Reon Moore 79, John-Paul Rochford 81), Barbados 0 at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

Upcoming fixtures

(27 March 2022)

Guyana v Barbados, 7pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium;

(29 March 2022)

Trinidad and Tobago v Guyana, 7pm, Hasely Crawford Stadium.

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« Reply #27 on: March 26, 2022, 03:56:09 PM »
WATCH: Post-match comments from Head Coach Angus Eve after Trinidad and Tobago's 9-0 victory over Barbados

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« Reply #28 on: March 26, 2022, 04:59:34 PM »
Soca Warriors run riot over Bajans...shut out regional neighbours 9-0 in ‘Classic’ opener
By Ian Prescott (T&T Express)


AEK ATHENS midfielder Levi Garcia scored a first half hat-trick as Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s footballers comprehensively defeated Barbados 9-0 in the opening match of the Courts Caribbean Classic on Friday night at Hasely Crawford Stadium (HCS), Mucurapo.

The team will hope for a repeat performance on Tuesday night when they face Guyana from 7 p.m. at the HCS. All three teams are using the series as preparation for Group B CONCACAF Nations League action in mid-year.

Garcia (27’, 35’ & 40’), Ryan Telfer (29’ & 59’) and Nicholas Dillon (68’ & 77’), Reon Moore (79’) and Jean Paul Rochford (82’) all put in goals, on a night when head-coach Angus Eve was predictably pleased with the team’s enterprising football going forward, but probably still somewhat concerned with a few errant passes and unpunished lapses in midfield and defence.

“If we play to our true potential, we could compete with anyone in the CONCACAF zone,” said Eve. “We just need a little bit more work and a little bit more experience playing together. If we could get that, we will grow from strength to strength. When you get a team to kill, you kill them off. We showed our professionalism,” added Eve. “We could have dropped (our level of play).”

T&T were three goals ahead after just about half-an-hour, having also missed quite a few before the opening goal. Barbados goalkeeper Liam Brathwaite was called into early action, twice defending his goal with point blank saves both Levi Garcia and Telfer in the opening five minutes, while Andre Fortune also volleyed over from close-up soon over.

Eve put plenty attacking power on the field, the likes of Levi Garcia, his younger brother Judah, Telfer, Fortune, Keston Julien and Jesse Williams, all linking well and giving the appreciative crowd much to cheer, when going forward. Eve also gave a holding central midfield role to USA-based Mekeil Williams.

Barbados team manager Kent Hall acknowledged that his team needed to do more work and suffered against good forward transition and the physicality of the T&T footballers. “I think the boys would learn from it,” said Hall. “We have got to take it on the chin.”

Barbados did not have a look at the T&T goal until the 21st minute when T&T captain and goalkeeper Marvin Phillip was at full flight to keep out Mario Williams’ free-kick as it headed to the far corner. Phillip had made two other telling interventions before the first half ended.

Playing direct, route-one football, Barbados had a decent spell midway through the first half, but never the talent resources to exploit the moments when T&T looked less intent and assured.

It was one of those positive moments, when Barbados looked about to score the opening goal, when T&T struck from a quick counter-attack at the other end. Phillip quickly gathered the ball and punted down field to Garcia, who netted from an acute angle after going around the Bajan keeper.

Telfer powerfully put in the second two minutes later after a Fortune square ball, and Telfer’s fancy footwork and through-ball earned Garcia a simple tap past the keeper for his second goal. A powerful downward header gave Garcia his hat-trick and both Fortune and Telfer had further chances to score before the half ended.

“We saw a lot of good things to build on. We have seen the experience of playing abroad. Just a cut above the others,” stated T&T technical director Anton Corneal. “It could have been more goals.”

Coached by Trinidadian Russell Latapy, who did not travel with the team, Barbados looked the more eager to score early in the second half and would have except for central defender Kareem Moses sliding in to keep Hadan Holligan’s shot out of the goal.

T&T would wrap up the game with a few more goals, while Eve withdrew Levi Garcia, and also gave Duane Muckette, former national youth striker Nicholas Dillon, Jean Paul Rochford, Kevon Goddard, Neveal Hackshaw and Reon Moore a run.

Cutting inside, Telfer put a bullet off the crossbar for 5-0 and Dillon was on the field for about two minutes when he had a free look at the Barbados goal and scored for 6-0, before flicking the ball in from close-up for his second goal. Moore’s slashing run into the penalty area yielded an eighth goal.

Former youth team captain Rochford probably left the best for last when cutting in from wide and putting the ball into the roof of the net. The 4,000-5,000 fans who paid to see football left reasonably satisfied and gave the team a standing ovation at the end.

T&T squad

1. Marvin Phillip (GK) (captain); 23. Jesse Williams, 3. Kareem Moses, 2. Aubrey David, 16. Keston Julien; 17. Mekeil Williams (15. Neveal Hackshaw 74); 19. Noah Powder (24. Kevon Goddard 84), 8. Andre Fortune II (10. Duane Muckette 65); 7. Ryan Telfer (14. John-Paul Rochford 74), 11. Levi Garcia (9. Nicholas Dillon 65), 13. Judah Garcia (12. Reon Moore 74). Unused substitutes: 21. Denzil Smith (GK), 4. Leland Archer, 5. Samory Powder, 6. Radanfah Abu Bakr, 18. Triston Hodge, 20. Jabari Mitchell, 25. Justin Sadoo.

Coach: Angus Eve

Barbados squad

18. Liam Brathwaite (GK); 20. Nicoli Brathwaite, 4. Mario Williams (2. Ricardio Morris 80), 8. Ackeel Applewhaite, 5. Jamaal Watson-Cummins (3. Ramon Manning 46); 6. Jomo Harris; 11. Azarel Croney, 13. Darico King (17. Akeem Hill 46), 10. Hadan Holligan (captain), 7. Nadre Butcher (14. Kevon Lucas 80); 19. Armando Lashley. Unused substitutes: 1. Kishmar Primus (GK), 15. Lemar Catlyn, 16. Shay Prescod, 12. Honor Bradshaw, 9. Keon Atkins.

Coach: Fitzgerald Carter.

Referee: Cecile Hinds

Watch Angus Eve's Post Match Reactions after 9-0 win over Barbados

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Re: 2022 Courts Caribbean Classic Thread
« Reply #29 on: March 27, 2022, 03:09:59 AM »
An indication of the poverty of the opponent ... goal #2, proper finish by Telfer, but how often on the international stage has a goal borne fruit from a defender ghosting in from an offside position on a throw? Too easy.

NB: from an offside position vs actually being offside.


 

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