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Tobago XI edge Yorke and Friends

Monday, February 18 2013

AN ENTERTAINING but keenly contested game between Dwight Yorke & Friends against a Tobago XI in the Second Annual Dwight Yorke Friendly Football Match at the Dwight Yorke Stadium in Bacolet, Tobago on Friday last, ended with the Tobago XI walking away with bragging rights from their 1–0 victory.

A lone goal by Zico Denoon in the 58th minute separated the teams at the end of the 90 minutes.

The match featured Yorke, former West Indies cricket captain Brian Lara, former national goal keeper and now ESPN football analyst, Shaka Hislop and Yorke’s former Manchester United strike partner Ashley Cole. They came up against a makeshift Tobago XI.

Also on Yorke’s team were ex-national players –Arnold Dwarika, Cyd Gray, Stern John, Marvin Faustin, Ancil Elcock and the recently elected representative for Lambeau/Sinal Hill and the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Assistant Secretary for Youth Affairs Jomo Pitts.

Yorke and Dwarika created flashes of brilliance that threatened to earn their team the lead.

Batting genius and former national youth midfielder Lara could not repeat his great performance from last year and came off in the first half. He however returned later in the second half to join the excitement.

The Tobago XI had some good chances to take an earlier lead but Shaka Hislop kept them out. The ex Newcastle United custodian was brilliant between the uprights and kept a clean sheet early.

Meanwhile in an earlier match national Primary School’s Champions Bon Accord Government played to a goalless draw with Signal Hill Under-14 team at the same venue.

After the game, Yorke said he was happy with the turnout of the spectators. He told the large gathering that a number of ex international stars who he played with at Manchester United were expected for the event but they had to change plans due to late travel arrangements. The victory for the Tobago XI was a welcome result for them as they also won the first encounter 3-0 last year.

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