Soca Warriors edge Reggae Boyz 1-0
Sunday, November 17 2013
ATAULLA Guerra got a fifth minute item to help the Trinidad and Tobago “Soca Warriors” to a 1-0 victory over their Caribbean rival Jamaica on Friday night in an international friendly match in Kingston, Jamaica.
Trinidad and Tobago came out the blocks quickly and almost grabbed the lead inside the first minute when Justin Hoyte ran onto a through ball from Lester Peltier after a neat dummy by Kenwyne Jones on the right of the penalty box but his effort was deflected over the bar for a corner.
That close shave silence the 4800 Jamaican fans at the venue and the sound of Soca could have been heard in the stands. Moments later Jones neatly slipped behind the defence to pick up a pass by Andre Boucaud and shot against goalkeeper Richard McCallum, but Guerra ran in to power the rebound over the goal line off the underside off the crossbar.
Jamaica, with seven US-based players in their squad, settled midway through the first half and began to come into their own and tested the TT backline of Daneil Cyrus, Aubrey David, Sheldon Bateau and Hoyte. Coach Stephen Hart rested Carlyle Mitchell and Radanfah Abu Bakr but eventually brought them on late in the match. Columbus Crew midfielder Kevan George also made his first start for TT. Winchester had a couple good looks at goal, one a header which he mis- timed from a Lester Peltier right side cross after the Slovakia-based player left his man for good on the right flank. The Central FC forward later blasted over bar from close up on a one time effort from Joevin Jones’ ball from the left. Before the break, TT goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams advanced well off his line to deny Deshorn Brown.
TT were forced on the backfoot more times than they would have liked in the second half as the Jamaicans pressed for the equaliser. And as the match progressed, the Jamaicans became more physical and were robust in their challenges. Defender Daneil Cyrus also cleared Michael Seaton’s attempt off the line in the closing ten minutes. TT dug deep to maintain a clean sheet and will look to maintain their winning ways in Tuesday’s return friendly at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.