Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 15th 2014 Contents this tactic was ineffective.
There was a hint of spec-
ulation in the minds of
Hughton Hector, Lester
Peltier, and to a lesser extent,
our marquee player Moli-
no.In many ways the quality
of football in this game was
the best in the tournament,
as the teams appeared to be
more familiar with organi-
zational methods and their tactical intentions appeared
to be logical in football terms.
Antigua and Barbuda banked heavily upon Peter Byers
to battle the T&T defence almost single handedly, with
some cautious attacking assistance from two competent
midfielders in Keiran Murtagh and Joshua Parker.
They had no degree of success, but not for the want
of trying. The excellence of the Warriors central defenders
Mitchell and Sheldon Bateau, well supported on both
sides by Joevin Jones and Daniel Cyrus was enough to
protect Jan-Michael Williams.
However, the day once again belonged to Molino the
dapper, but energetic roving striker, whose speed level,
plus his intelligent use of space made him available to
passes from almost anywhere, including the keeper at
He must share the credit of his well taken goal with
a touch of technical quality from Jones, whose chest
collection and sweetly timed five-metre pass, met Molino
arriving just in time to collect on the move and head
for a confrontation with keeper Brentton Muhammad.
The Antiguan keeper had no choice but to succumb
to a clinical dispatch from the Orlando city striker which
brought the only goal of the match.
Maybe the closeness of this match could have caused
either team to retain the intensity of the first half.
The visitors were prepared to keep the score line down
in order to earn the second place, while the hosts decided
that they must operate with caution, seeing that most
of their overseas players had club commitments some
three days ahead in the various overseas countries where
they are employed.
The next group in this tournament will be much more
intense and the more qualitative teams may recognise
deficiencies easier than the recent opponents.
These matches are rehearsals for the Gold Cup which
means Mexico, USA, Costa Rica, Honduras and the like.
The Gold Cup must be our main target and we must
look forward to the upcoming 2015 finals as a massive
stepping stone towards international prominence in the
world of football.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
Soca Warriors captain, Kenwyne Jones fends off a
tackle from Antigua & Barbuda's Keiran Murtagh in
their 18th CFU Cup semifinal match at the Ato
Boldon Stadium, Couva on Sunday. T&T won 1-0 and
topped the group with maximum nine points.
PHOTO: ANTHONY HARRIS
Victory is always sweet and when it relates
to the image of our country, the feeling is
even more meaningful.
Antigua and Barbuda needed to withstand
any possibility of conceding five goals in order
to hold the second position and they succeed-
ed.The Warriors felt more in a comfort zone
because they were already qualifiers as a result
of their two victories.
Starting with the team which played the
first match was an indication that Coach Hart
was consistent with his way of assessing the
The cohesion and creativity which the players
produced lent evidence that this present group
are well on the way to gain some level of ascen-
dency in the future.
This game did not only endorse the present
form of Kevin Molino and the welcome sign
of Kenwyne Jones as the work horse which he
demonstrated during the match.
Surely, if there was any doubt of his ability
to lead and perform at the same level, the fans
may feel relieved that he now earns his place
through his desire to be the leader in terms of
commitment to give his best by example on
the field of play.
Antigua and Barbuda clearly decided that
defence must be the main feature of their
game, which indirectly showed respect for the
They packed a six-man defence whose
organised defensive pattern was based upon
tightening and reducing space for their oppo-
nents to utilise within 40 metres from their
It worked well for the visitors simply because
they were not only diligent in their game, but
decided that a rugged approach is always a
deterrent for skilled players who would really
wish that they would not be faced with tough
For the true professionalists such as Khaleem
Hyland, Andre Boucaud, and Carlyle Mitchell,
Well done Soca Warriors and coach Hart
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