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T&T s Under-20 team will be hoping
to take all three points this time when
it meets Aruba in its second Group A
match of the 25th Concacaf Under-20
Championship at the National Stadium
in Kingston, Jamaica today from 3 pm
(4 pm TT time).
This after the Derek King-coached team
let a 2-0 lead slip in a 2-2 draw with hosts
Jamaica in the third and final match on
Friday's opening night of competition at
the same venue.
Earlier in the day, Panama swamped
Aruba 4-0 while USA and Guatemala bat-
tled to a 1-1 draw in the two other Group
The young Soca Warriors dominated
for 67-plus minutes but Junior Flemmings
and his Jamaican teammates had the last
dance and it was reggae on the turn table
after his 23-yard free kick beat goalkeeper
Johan Welch in added on time to ensure
a share of points.
The scoreline was perhaps an unfitting
result as T&T did something that proved
difficult in the past, dominate a Jamaican
team for large periods, surging ahead in
a competitive fixture infront a Jamaica
crowd at the "Office".
As early as the first minute, T&T had
an effort by Akeem Garcia on the left far
post saved in the opening minute and five
minutes later, the U-20 "Soca Warriors"
went ahead with Aikim Andrews firing in
with a right-footed shot from 35 yards
out which took a slight deflection on its
way past goalkeeper Nicholas Nelson.
Jamaica could hardly catch themselves
as T&T skipper Shannon Gomez and com-
pany were buzzing from early on.
And it was not too long before Kadeem
Corbin, the St Ann's Rangers forward who
top-scored in the Caribbean Football Union
Under-20 Championships, scored his
fourth consecutive competitive goal in
two matches to put T&T ahead 2-0.
With ten minutes gone, he met Gomez's
right side delivery and took a touch with
the left boot before using the right to hit
past goalkeeper Nelson.
As the game progressed, T&T kept
shape and were defensively sound, carrying
the game to their own liking, led with
flawless play of USA-based midfielder
On the resumption, T&T continued to
dominate but failed to capitalise,20 with
Keon Goddard having a fine effort saved
in the 56th while Muckette spurned a
chance wide with only Nelson to beat
after a great bit of build-up.
T&T still managed to keep their oppo-
nents at bay until a soft let up allowed an
un-marked Donja Smith to head past
Johan Welch to pull it back at 2-1 in the
Welch then had to come up big on a
couple more occasions as Jamaica's resur-
gence was evident at that stage and in
the fourth minute of time added-on Flem-
mings accepted what was indeed a late
Christmas gift for the hosts, directing his
shot past a stranded Welch from a free-
kick to deny T&T of a qualifying win for
the first time at that venue since Kevin
Molino's 13th minute item guided T&T
Under 17s to a 1-0 win over the Jamaicans,
sealing qualification for the 2007 Fifa U-
17 World Cup in the process.
King said he couldn't have wanted a
better first half start from his men.
"I've played against Jamaica and we
know the history and it was quite a sight
to see how we took control of the game.
We did everything right in the first half
and parts of the second.
"Of course we're a bit disappointed
with the final result. We let up two soft
goals and we didn't take our chances in
the second half.
"The tournament is still pretty open
with the other results and we'll regroup
and come hard again for the next match
on Sunday (today)."
In the two other matches today, group
leaders Panama meet USA from 5.30pm
(6.30 pm T&T time) and Jamaica face
Guatemala at 8 pm (9 pm TT time).
Action in Group B commenced yester-
day with Mexico facing Cuba, El Salvador
against Honduras and Canada clashing
T&T Under-20 striker Kadeem Corbin
challenges Jamaica's Malcolm Stewart for
the ball in their Group A opener of the
25th Concacaf Under-20 Championship at
the National Stadium, Kingston, Jamaica
on Friday night. The match ended 2-2.
JOHANNESBURG---West Indies are keen to improve
on their display in Cape Town and wrap up their
three-match Twenty20 International series today,
when they face South Africa in the second game at
the Wanderers in South Africa.
The Caribbean side broke their losing slump coming
out of the Test series by hammering the Proteas by
four wickets in the opening T20I at Newlands on Fri-
However, captain Darren Sammy said his side would
be taking nothing for granted as they chased victory
again in an attempt to seal the series with a game to
"It will be a different venue and we have to start
all over again. It is about wrapping up the series tomor-
row so that on the 14th we can give the guys who
missed out an opportunity to play," Sammy said yes-
"It's a new game. We know we're playing South
Africa, a good side, so we have to go out there and
put in another display like we did in Cape Town and
look to claim the series after the second game."
Chasing 166 for victory, West Indies were inspired
by fit-again opener Chris Gayle who stunned South
Africa with an assault that yielded a top score of 77
off just 31 deliveries.
He smashed five fours and eight sixes en route to
the fastest T20 half-century by a West Indies player
off just 17 balls.
He and put on 78 for the first wicket with Dwayne
Smith who made 20 and another 36 for the second
wicket with the in-form Marlon Samuels whose 41
came off 37 balls.
"It was a good way to start the T20 series, our first
match for the year. I think it was a clinical victory and
even through it went to the last over which I thought
it shouldn't have, we will take that against the Proteas,"
"In the team meeting I told the guys to just go out
and play freely. We play all over the world and excite
everybody, so when we play for West Indies I want
them to have that same sort of freedom and the calibre
of players we have in our T20 line up, allows us to go
out there and do that.
"It was good to sit in the dugout and watch Gayle
and Smith put on another fifty partnership in quick
time and that took the game away from South Africa.
Jason Holder up front started off well with the new
ball. All in all it was a good outing even though we
can still improve on a few areas."
And improvements are what Sammy wants, both
in the field and with the bat. When South Africa batted,
the Windies had moments of lapses which allowed
the hosts to recover from 33 for two in the fifth over
and reach 165 for four.
In their turn at the crease, West Indies were cruising
at 147 for two in the 16th over but lost four quick
wickets for 17 runs in the space of 24 deliveries, to
extend the game to the last over
"Wanderers normally is a very, very good wicket.
I think on average it is a 170-run wicket so the margin
for error becomes even slimmer," Sammy pointed out.
"We had a number of occasions [in the last game]
when we bowled, that the first ball and last ball of the
over went for boundaries so if we can start our overs
and close them off well, it's the difference between
the over going for ten [runs] instead of seven or six.
That we can improve on."
He continued: "We were not as clinical in the field
as we usually are. We missed out on some half chances
which could have been costly for us so we could improve
"That (batting) collapse there in the end where we
lost a few wickets with probably 19 runs to go. Those
areas we can improve so that when we have the oppo-
sition on the back foot we can keep pegging away at
them." The game bowls off at 3 pm (9 am Eastern
Caribbean time). CMC
National cycling trio Keron Bramble,
Njisane Phillip and Kwesi Browne won
gold in the men s team sprint event at
the Milton International Challenge in
Ontario, Canada, on Friday.
The T&T cyclists were on fire on the
new track at the Mattamy Cycling Centre,
which was hosting its first international
meet. Bramble, Phillip and Browne blew
their competitors away winning gold in a
time of 46.356 seconds. T&T's time in the
final was .554 seconds faster than its qual-
ifying time, after the trio clocked 46.910.
Host team Canada, which included Joel
Archambault, Evan Carey and Joakim
Albert was a distant second in 47.617.
Rounding off the top three was the Sprint-
ers Edge team of Nate Coch, James Mellen
and Edward Horvet in 48.239.
This is Browne's second medal in the
past two months, after the T&T cyclist
won bronze in the men's keirin at the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean Games (CAC)
in Mexico, last November. The men's sprint
team is using the Milton International
Challenge as preparation for the third leg
of the UCI (International Cycling Union)
Cycling World Cup in Cali, Colombia, on
January 17 and 18.
The T&T women's sprint team of Aziza
Browne and Jodi Goodridge could not
repeat the success of their male counter-
parts, finishing fifth overall in a time of
T&T's Keiana Lester couldn't get into
the quarterfinals of the women's sprint on
her first attempt after losing to American
Danielle Mullins. Lester had a second
chance to advance to the quarterfinal round
when she lined up in the repechage round.
Aziza Browne (T&T) wasn't able to get
past newly crowned national Canadian
champion Monique Sullivan in the early
stages of the women's sprint, but got
another chance to advance through the
repechage round last night.
In the men's sprint, Phillip advanced to
the semifinal to face Hugo Barette, another
recently crowned national Canadian cham-
pion. Up to press time Browne (Kwesi)
was in battle against Evans Carey (Canada)
in the quarterfinals. Bramble lost to Phillip
and failed to advance to the quarterfinals.
Also representing T&T in Canada are Akil
Campbell and Kollyn St George.
The cycling meet continued yesterday
and concludes today.
trio grabs gold Windies eye
T&T held by Jamaica with late equaliser
Jamaica 2 (Donja Smith 67th, Junior
Flemmings 94th) vs T&T 2 (Aikim
Andrews 6th, Kadeem Corbin 15th)
USA 1 (Cameron Carter-Vickers 59th)
vs Guatemala 1 (Jose Ruiz Rumph 90th)
Panama 4 (Ismael De Leon 19th, 50th,
Ervin Zorilla 30th, Edson Samms 36th) vs
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