|‘Soca Warriors’ dump Haiti 3-1 |
By JOEL BAILEY Friday, January 19 2007
GARY GLASGOW netted a pair of goals, Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott chipped in with another as the “Soca Warriors” of Trinidad and Tobago whipped Haiti 3-1 at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, to top the Sedley Joseph Group in the Digicel Caribbean Cup Finals on Wednesday night.
Both Trinidad and Tobago and Haiti were assured of advancing to the semi-finals before kickoff, after Martinique edged Barbados 3-2 in the earlier encounter.
The semis, which will be staged tomorrow will see Trinidad and Tobago facing the second-placed team in the Bobby Sookram Group. Haitians will oppose the group winner.
For the second straight match, “Soca Warriors” coach Wim Rijsbergen made only one change to his starting lineup, with centre-back Makan Hislop replacing the ineffective Dwayne Jack, while Haiti rested their regular starters Fucien Brunel, Eliphene Cadet, Alexandre Boucicaut, Mones Chery, Gabard Fenelon and captain Pierre Richard Bruny.
Trinidad and Tobago’s first threat on goal came in the sixth minute, as Osei Telesford released Darryl Roberts with a deep, precise pass and, with the defence retreating, the striker squared the ball to Glasgow but goalkeeper Yvesner Normil averted the danger.
In the 12th, Leslie “Tiger” Fitzpatrick got the ball on the left but his cross, behind Roberts and Glasgow, was met by Kerry Baptiste, who returned the ball to Glasgow but the striker, off-balance, shot overbar.
The breakthrough came in the 15th, as Jemmott’s low left-footed free-kick went under the lunge of Normil after Roberts was fouled, 25 metres out, by Marcelin James.
Haiti’s speed in attack proved to be a handful for the “Soca Warriors” defensive quartet of Hislop, Telesford, Seon Power and Nigel Daniel.
Frantz Gilles on the left, was impeded by Telesford in the 24th, but referee Courtney Campbell of Jamaica allowed play to continue and goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams was forced to block a drive from Ednerson Raymond.
Roberts missed a pair of good chances — in the 26th, his left-footer was held by Normil and, in the 38th, he got a clever back-heeled pass from Glasgow but shot overbar.
The Haitians started the second period at a frenetic pace, and they nearly got the equalising goal in the 46th as Fritzson Baptiste got behind Daniel on the right and sent a chip to fellow striker Roody Lormera, who headed back to Raymond whose header sailed overbar.
After a double switch by coach Luis Garcia, bringing on Brunel and Cadet for Baptiste and Lormera, the French-speaking nation deservedly tied the scores in the 55th.
Brunel got a defence-splitting pass from stand-in captain Peter Germain and raced past Telesford and Power on the left before placing his left-footer past the sprawling Williams.
Kwame Wiltshire, a half-time replacement for Fitzpatrick, was instrumental in the “Soca Warriors” second strike in the 67th.
After the midfielder received a pass on the left flank by his captain Densil Theobald, he directed a cross to Roberts, who collided airborne with ’keeper Normil, and Glasgow was on spot to drill his volley past a retreating Parnel Guerrier.
With Jemmott and Theobald inconsistent in the middle, the Haitians were always in the hunt for another equaliser, and they almost got it in the 71st, as Williams failed to gather a curling free-kick from Germain, and Raymond saw his two rebound efforts blocked by Williams and Daniel respectively. That miss was to prove crucial for Haiti, as their complacency in the back cost them the match in the 86th.
Guerrier failed to clear a meek pass from Roberts and Glasgow pounced on the loose ball, rounded Normil and the back-tracking Guerrier and slotted the ball into the unguarded net.
Teams: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Jan-Michael Williams; Osei Telesford, Makan Hislop, Nigel Daniel, Seon Power (Dwayne Jack 62nd); Densil Theobald (capt), Leslie Fitzpatrick (Kwame Wiltshire 46th), Kerry Baptiste (Hayden Tinto 79th), Kerwyn Jemmott; Gary Glasgow, Darryl Roberts.
HAITI: Yvesner Normil; Parnel Guerrier, Josue Mayard, Gilles Dacius (Stephane Guillaume 89th), Frantz Gilles; Marcelin James, Alain Vubert, Ednerson Raymond, Peter Germain (capt); Fritzon Baptiste (Fucien Brunel 54th), Roody Lormera (Eliphene Cadet 54th).