Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 12th 2014 Contents A48
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt October 12, 2014
A coach s job is
never simple and
those who believe that
they have the answers
to what appears as
mistakes on the field,
may well seek to find
out reasons for their
won the contest 2-0.
The Warriors start-
ed with several
changes against St Lucia, a factor which surely
would have made a significant change to the
quality of play. We were aware of the minor
injury to Molino, making his absence inevitable
and obviously weakening the squad. It simply
meant that the penetrative effect of the attacks
on the flanks may be reduced or even elim-
inated and replaced by another of the coach s
visions for goal-scoring.
The absence of Daniel Cyrus and Carlyle
Mitchell were in my opinion, a risk of some
proportion. Cyrus, for his competence of
winning the ball from the elite opposing
players, and Mitchell, for his stability in the
central defense. The replacements Alvin Jones
and Yohance Marshall are capable defenders
from an individual standpoint.
However, the back four clearly did not
enjoy the sound organisational performance
of the first match and it showed up in the
vulnerability of their ability to shake off
attacking moves when St. Lucia advance,
some of whom looked quite capable of break-
ing through for goal chances.
Thankfully, the presence of Atualla Guerra s
versatility supported by Khaleem Hyland s
multitasking of the deep lying midfield and
going into attack when needed, allowed the
warriors to retain midfield possession.
Naturally, the path to St Lucia s penalty area
became somewhat difficult, as they sensibly
blocked off the flank attacks by both Peltier
and Cato, a move which was not dealt with by
either player. They felt that individual skill would
have won their battle, despite reduction in space
and player support for the opposing wing backs.
The opening goal scored by Guerra came
from an accurate diagonal aerial pass from
Hyland to Kenwyne jones whose knocked
down header to Guerra was clinically sound,
and allowed the talented former Mucurapo
Senior student to collect and neatly place his
right footer into the net from fifteen metres.
St Lucia then knew that they could not afford
to retrain the services of so many players who
were given the job of blocking crossed balls.
Their adjustment allowed better attacking
options for them, but opened the spaces for
over-lapping runs by Joevin jones on the left
and his brother Alvin on the right.
Some created chances which were missed
by Cato, Jones and and Lester Peltier, mainly
through attempted shots from angles which
needed absolute pinpoint accuracy and a bit
of a keeper s poor coverage.
In the midst of these features, there must
have been some satisfaction from the creativity
of Guerra as the key attacking midfielder whose
composure and ability to find penetrative lanes
was a joy to watch.
His deceptive dribble in the opponent s
penalty area, followed by a powerful shot
which Keeper Randy Poleon could only parry
away, but onto the head of Jones to give the
Cardiff city striker goal number two in the
match and three for the tournament so far.
Overall, they appeared sometimes an
unwarranted sign of individualism from the
young players who clearly were trying to
catch the attention of the fans, not realizing
that it was indirectly affecting the chemistry
of the game plan. At this juncture, I must
welcome the former national U-17, and U-
20 captain Leston Paul to the team and his
late entrance provided sufficient time to
orchestrate the happening from midfield as
smoothly as his musical namesake will have
done in his studio.
St Lucia deserved some credit for their per-
formance, mainly because they appeared to
stick to a game plan diligently, especially in
defense and midfield, which took some ball
possession advantage at times. The warriors
must continue their dominance in Caribbean
soccer and Antigua/Barbuda must be made to
understand and respect the progress by our
Let us hope that the final match will provide
the best football of the tournament.
Coach Hart invest in changes
T&T coach Stephen Hart gives his players instruction which attention is administered to team
captain Kenwayne Jones at the sidelines during the T&T vs St Lucia match on Friday night. T&T
won the match 2-0. PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
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