Trinidad and Tobago continued their winning ways by securing their third straight victory with a 4-0 win over Haiti to top Group F in the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup group phase on Saturday at the Manny Ramjohn Stadium.
The hosts stamped their authority from very early, going ahead through Samsung “Man of the Match” Hughtun Hector in the 4th minute when he buried his shot past the Haitian goalie in clinical fashion.
And with Haiti needing to avoid a heavy defeat to ensure their place in the Finals in Martinique, it didn’t get any better for them as in form striker Devorn Jorsling doubled T&T’s lead in the 7th minute.
The Haitians tried to get back into match and surged forward on a couple occasions but could not break the defense of the T&T team which was missing a couple of its regulars with captain Clyde Leon and defender Jovin Jones out through injury.
T&T had some changes to their starting team with Leon, Peltier,Daneil Cyrus, goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams and Jones all out and Densill Theobald, Anthony Wolfe, Kendall Jagdeosingh , Keon Daniel and Marvin Phillip all making the start It would take them some time to stretch their lead which they did through Kerry Baptiste in the 29th minute.
The Joe Public striker Kerry Baptiste was on spot to nail home from close range after a decent build up by the home team. And soon after, on 31 minutes, Hector punished the Haitians for some untidy work at the back, ramming home from inside the 6-yard box to give T&T a comfortable 4-0 cushion
The second half would see Trinidad and Tobago take their feet off the gas a bit and not add any goals to the score , neither could the Haitians trouble the score board. But substitute Shahdon Winchester did go close on a couple occasions.
With the victory the Soca Warriors and Guyana advance to the finals in Martinique .
Speaking during the post match press conference, T&T head coach Russell Latapy was happy with the victory but was disappointed with the second half performance as his team did not add to the their tally of goals.
“I’m always delighted with a win. We took care of business early and it put the Haitians under some pressure. It allowed me the chance to have a couple other players on the park. It’s a building process and if we can keep this momentum by playing the way we are at the moment in Martinique then I’d be very happy,” Latapy said.
Latapy was also pleased to be able to give players a chance to prove their worth and says his players did what was required of them.
Haitian coach Brazilian-born Edson Tavres, though disappointed that his team failed to progress to the Finals, had some positives to take back home.
“It was difficult for us tonight but I was more disappointed with our first match. I thought we played better in the other two games including tonight. We have a young team and we were also missing some of our foreign-based players. Unfortunately we are not going to Martinique but we can take something from here and look ahead to the future. We have a couple of international friendlies coming up and we’ll take it from there into the World Cup qualification matches next year. Overall this tournament was a good stepping stone for us and we will hope to learn from it for the future,” Tavres said. (Nov 6,2010)
Trinidad & Tabago: 21. Marvin Philip 3. Yohance Marshall 4. Kerry Baptiste 5. Kern Cupid 7. Hughton Hector 9. Devon Jorsling (46 Mins Shahdon Winchester) 10. Anthony Wolfe 16. Julius James 18. Densil Theobald 19. Keon Daniel (46 Mins 13. Kendall Jadgeosingh) 20. Kevin Molino Coach: Russell Latapy
Haiti: 12. Steward Ceus 2. Mechack Jerome 4. Harold Milord 7. Fabien Vorbe 8. Sony Norde 11. Ricardo Charles 13. Constant Jean Junior Monuma 14. Jacqueson Jean (71 Mins 7. Fabien Vorbe) 15. Pascal Millien (34 Mins 10. Leonel Saint Preux)17. Rubin Jean Garry 18. Wildedonald Guerrier 19. Junior Clairssainvil Coach: Edson Taveres
Referee: Courtney Campbell – Jamaica
Assistant Referee 1 – Stephen Brown - Jamaica
Assistant Referee 2 –– Mark Sullivan - Jamaica
Commissioner – Patrick Beckles - Barbados