Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 21st 2014 Contents ANDREW GIOANNETTI
A hat-trick from forward Kadeem
Corbin inspired T&T to a second
Caribbean title in less than a month
after a talented group of national
Under-20 players defeated Haiti 3-
0 in Friday s final to capture the CFU
Under-20 Championships at the
Hasely Crawford Stadium, Port-of-
The U-20 boys joined T&T s senior
women s team as Caribbean cham-
pions, after the latter won the inau-
gural CFU Women s Championship
late last month, also as tournament
Both teams will now shift their
focus to their respective Fifa World
Cup tournaments, both of which will
take place next year.
The final followed a third place
playoff, which saw Cuba trump Aruba
2-1 in a dramatic finale.
For Corbin, 18, who received
the"Most Valuable Player" and Golden
Boot awards after finishing top scorer
of the tournament with five goals,
bagged a goal in the first half and
completed the hat-trick with two
more late in the second, all in true
They came following tremendous
and selfless assists from wingers Levi
Garcia and substitute Kishun Seecha-
ran. Corbin s hat-trick, added with
his brace against Curacao last Sunday
took his tally to five goals, more than
any other player.
There seemed to be a consensus
that T&T saved their best effort for
last against a disciplined Haiti, which
never looked like giving up three goals
after its solid defensive first half dis-
The young Soca Warriors took a
while to settle in as the Haitians mar-
shalled four players around Garcia
and left-mid Aikim Andrews, breaking
plays down at every turn.
But then in the 35th minute, T&T
broke the deadlock after a beautiful
assist from Garcia, who only moments
before made the switch from the right
to the left flank.
He received a pass close to the half-
way line, burst forward to the byline,
turned and passed to Corbin who then
lunged forward for the finish.
It was a rare first half opportunity
for T&T which was perfectly executed.
Then, nearing half time, Haiti had a
couple of fair chances to score but
was bitterly disappointed by uncon-
In the 43rd minute, Haiti s Jonel
Desire, after bursting his way through
T&T s defense, sent T&T keeper Johan
Welch sprawling with a shot that
sailed wide. The Haitians then had
a another couple of half-chances,
which turned into moments of panic.
Midfielder Alessandro Campoy of
the away team took a snap shot mid-
way in T&T s half, but Welch was
alert and instinctively parried the ball
wide for a corner. The set-piece
resulted in Haiti s best chance of the
match, with Nerlin St Vil receiving
the ball in the box with a broad sight
of the goal, but his effort was wasted
with a skied effort.
Haiti s squandered chances haunt-
ed them in the second half and it
didn t help that the away players
were becoming visibly fatigued. But,
Haiti did have full sight at goal all
the way forward to the 71th minute,
when an aerial ball over T&T s
defense found Desire, who was clat-
tered and the ball cleared by a last-
second tackle from Maurice Ford
much to the delight of a nervous
Five minutes later, T&T scored the
second goal, the one needed for
breathing space. And, the players
involved made it look easy. Seecharan,
who substituted Andrews in the 57th
minute, made a darting run down
the right flank, laid off for Corbin,
who remained composed when
wrong footing the goal keeper for an
easy finish. And, in the 85th minute,
Corbin completed his hat-trick after
Garcia presented his second superb
assist of the match. The stadium,
flocked with roughly 3,000 specta-
tors, went into in a frenzy.
The title win was essentially the
icing on the cake as the two finalists,
as well as Cuba and Aruba, were
assured their spots at the Concacaf
final round of 2015 World Cup qual-
The four teams joined automatic
qualifiers Jamaica (Concacaf host),
USA, Canada, Mexico, Panama, El
Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala,
for the Concacaf Championship,
which runs from January 9-24 in
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Hat-trick hero Kadeem Corbin celebrates one of his three goals during the final
of the CFU Under-20 Championship, which T&T won following a 1-0 result over
Haiti. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS.
CFU U-20 Championships
Corbin's hat-trick inspires T&T to title
T&T: Johan Welch; Shannon Gomez, Martieon Watson, Jesus Perez,
Maurice Ford; Aikim Andrews (Kishun Seecharan 57th), Akeem
Humphrey, Neveal Hackshaw, Jabari Mitchell (Kion Joseph 77th),
Levi Garcia; Kadeem Corbin (Matthew Woo Ling 89th).
Unused subs: Kevon Goddard, Akeem Garcia, Andre Fortune, Josiah
Trimmingham, Nicholas Dillon, Jevon Sample.
Haiti: Steven Sanon; Stephane Lambese, Joseph Peterson,
Narkendel Paul, Oracius Wilmond; Demas Fernander, Alessandro
Campoy, Nerlin St Vil (Mike Guillaume 57th), Venel St Fort, Jonel
Desire, Woodensky Cherenfant, J-Baptiste Jean Becker (Fritz Exillen
Unused subs: Charles Guitho, Wilmond Oracius, Fredlin Monpremier.
T&T 3 (Kadeem Corbin 35th, 82nd, 86th) v Haiti 0
Cuba 2 (Eddy Luis Saname 53rd, Frank Manuel Lopez 87th) v
Aruba 1 (Ricky Hodge 85th)
MOHALI, India---Captain Rayad
Emrit has defended seamer Ravi
Rampaul, following the Barbados
Tridents defeat to Kings XI Pun-
jab, in their opening game of the
Champions League Twenty20 yes-
terday and says his side now needs
to bounce back quickly.
With Kings XI requiring 25 from
the last two overs to get up to their
target of 175, Rampaul conceded 20
from the penultimate over of the
innings, to let the Indian Premier
League side off the hook.
Kings XI then got the five runs
needed from the last over to wrap
up a four-wicket win with two balls
remaining at the Punjab Cricket
"We spoke about the lengths that
we wanted to bowl," Emrit said fol-
lowing the defeated.
"Ravi is one of our most expe-
rienced bowlers and on another day,
he would have gotten it right. Those
things happen it just didn t happen
today (for him)."
Akshar Patel blasted the first two
balls of Rampaul s over for four after
the bowler missed his length, and
edged the fifth delivery---another
length delivery---to third man for
The last ball of the over was short
and Patel hooked over deep square
leg for six.
He finished unbeaten on 23 from
just nine balls, sharing 47 for the
seventh wicket with David Miller,
who was voted Man-of-of-the-
Match for his unbeaten 46 off 34
They pulled their side around
from a position of 131 from six in
the 17th over, when Tridents seemed
poised to pull off a win in their
maiden outing in the CLT20.
"We know in the last five overs
... bowlers can go for 50, 60 runs
so we knew in the last five overs
we needed to keep tight," Emrit said.
"I still thought that with two
overs to go, with Kings XI needing
25, 26 runs, I still believed that we
could have won it."
He added: "We dropped easy
catches. The first one [the fielders]
never called for it, the second one
was to the keeper. They were just
basic mistakes. When we batted,
we got a couple chances and when
they batted, they got a couple
"We just need to come back hard
in the next game. It s a sad way to
lose but we need to bounce back."
Tridents did well to post 174 for
six from their 20 overs after they
were sent in, with left-hander Ray-
mon Reifer getting a top score of
60 not out off 42 balls and opener
Dilshan Munaweera, 50 off 26 deliv-
Emrit said they believed the score
was one they could have defend-
"We were looking at anything
over 170-175 so 174 we were pleased
with it," he said.
"We thought that the wicket
wasn t coming on as it used to so
we thought that the middle overs
would be very important."
Barbados Tridents next face Cape
Cobras on Friday. CMC
Emrit: Rampaul not to blame for defeat, points to 'basic mistakes'
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