|Trinidad & Tobago||St. Vincent and the Grenadines|
|Christopher Birchall (13')|
Stern John (24')
Stern John (46')
Dwight Yorke (67')
Kerry Baptiste (79')
|2006-10-07||Hasely Crawford Stadium||Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago||4116|
St Vincent collects a handful
For one evening, with money off their minds, Trinidad and Tobago’s senior footballers demonstrated their superiority over World Cup rivals St Vincent and the Grenadines with a 5-0 victory in Saturday’s friendly international at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.Playing before a crowd of 4,116 fans, the Dwight Yorke led team of which the World Cup players signaled their intentions to consider retiring from the international stage due to contract disputes with the TTFF, left all their worries off the field as they outplayed the visiting Vincentians.
A double by a much fitter looking Stern John, a fabulous strike by Chris Birchall and one each by Yorke and Kerry Baptiste had the fans cheering on.
T&T showed early intentions to take control of proceedings. Inside the opening five minutes, defender Atiba Charles found Carlos Edwards out on the right and he played inside for John whose effort narrowly missed the target.
The Vincentians took long to settle and paid the price for it. On 13 minutes after Edwards was brought down by Markneil Lewis, Yorke’s header was cleared and Birchall did the rest, smoothly unleashing a low right footer which went in off the right post.
A sharp looking John then hit one wide and then after leaving his man for dead, he saw his right footer crash off the crossbar on 35 minutes.
A bit earlier the Coventry City man made no mistake though when goalie Melvin Andrews failed to handle Birchall’s cross and he was on spot to tuck it home after 24 minutes. Strike partner Jason Scotland also had a good try at goal before the interval.
With a 2-0 lead at the break, T&T picked the pace up again after the resumption. This time, John had a time as he left two defenders and eased the ball over the advancing Andrews for a 3-0 lead on 48 minutes.
As the game went on, St Vincent did manage some tries on goal but goalie Jan Michael Williams kept them at bay with some flawless work between the sticks. And frustration kept in as the visitors lost Benford Joseph (two yellow cards) and Dexter Walker in quick succession to play the final 25 minutes with nine men.
Following the foul on Kenwyne Jones which led to the second sending off, Yorke picked his spot with ease, sending the ball into the left of the net from the free kick. And substitute Baptiste met a left side cross from John and hammered home on his first touch of the match to complete the rout. Next up, T&T are scheduled to face Panama at the same venue on Wednesday from 6:30pm.
1.Jan Michael Williams; 8.Cyd Gray, 2.Atiba Charles (Andre Toussaint 70th), 6.Dennis Lawrence, 13.Nigel Daniel; 11.Carlos Edwards (18.Kerry Baptiste 75th), 7.Christopher Birchall, 19.Dwight Yorke (capt), 12.Collin Samuel; 20.Jason Scotland (15.Kenwyne Jones 60th), 14.Stern John.
Melvin Andrews (capt) (Windslow Mc Donald 69th), Wesley John, Daryl Gordon, Benford Joseph (Richard Hayde 62nd) (Kevin Joseph 88th), Howie Williams, Shandell Samuel (Deren Francis 65th), Kendall Velox, Andrew Douglas (Collingham Delves 74th), Greg Mayers, Dexter Walker, Markneil Lewis (Marlon James 46th).
|68' Andre Toussaint|
|77' Kerry Baptiste|
|19.||Dwight Yorke (capt.)|
|14.||Stern John (capt.)|
|61' Kenwyne Jones|
|61'||Kenwyne Jones for Jason Scotland|
|68'||Andre Toussaint for David Charles|
|77'||Kerry Baptiste for Carlos Edwards|