Trinidad beat Jamaica again
By Ian Burnett
Port of Spain, Trinidad – Trinidad and Tobago completed a clean sweep of the ‘Caribbean Clasico’ after they defeated Jamaica 2-0 inside the Hasely Crawford Stadium earlier tonight.
Ataulla Guerra notched his second goal of the two-game series of friendly internationals when he put the home side ahead inside four minutes of the resumption, and captain Kenwyne Jones secured the win with a penalty strike in the 73rd minute.
Trinidad and Tobago had won the first game in the series 1-0 last Friday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex on a Guerra fifth-minute strike.
Prior to kick-off, a minute’s silence was observed as a mark of respect for the passing of the son of former Reggae Boyz head coach and star player Theodore Whitmore, and Port Vale midfielder Christopher Birchall was recognised as he officially brought the curtains down on his international career.
Another veteran, Carlos Edwards, of Ipswich Town, was also recognised for his service to the Trinidad and Tobago Soca Warriors.
The hosts appeared the better team throughout as they asked many questions of the Jamaican defence marshaled by teenager Alvas Powell and Upston Edwards at centre back, along with Adrian Reid and Kemar Lawrence.
However the quartet playing together as a unit for the first time held up very well, limiting the chances of their opponents at goal.
However, an injury to Edwards forced his substitution at the interval and the Soca Warriors pounced on his absence immediately when Guerra was allowed the luxury of cutting inside from the left flank and dribbled to the centre of the penalty area before unloading a powerful low drive into the corner of the goal.
It was from a similar situation that Trinidad earned their second goal as Jones and Rundell Winchester combined neatly on the left before the latter wiggled past his marker to dart inside the box. Powell came across but was too late and could only bring down the player giving Surinamese referee Enrico Winjgaarde no choice but to point to the sport.
Jones made no mistake to add to the tally and make amends for a clear missed chance early in the first half when he skied a right-sided cross from inside the six-yard box.
The Jamaicans had a decent shout for penalty waved off in the first half when Omar Daley robbed Edwards, who dallied on the ball for far too long. Daley raced inside the penalty area from the left and instead of relaying a pass to Michael Seaton, who was in a clear position to score, he held onto the ball even as the retreating Edwards pulled him to the turf.
But in the end Trinidad and Tobago were worthy winners against an experimental Jamaican side.
The Jamaicans will return home tomorrow.
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