|Warriors held 1-1 by Bajans |
By JOEL BAILEY Saturday, January 13 2007
BARBADIAN midfielder Neil Harvey cancelled out Gary Glasgow’s opener for Trinidad and Tobago as the opening match of the 2007 Digicel Caribbean Cup Finals ended in a 1-1 draw last night at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.
Haiti and Martinique were scheduled to play in the other match of the evening’s double-header in the Sedley Joseph Group.
Trinidad and Tobago fielded a line-up which, led by Densil Theobald included left-footed midfielders Leslie “Tiger” Fitzpatrick and Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott, both returning to the fold for the first time in over a year, and debutants Seon Power and Osei Telesford.
Telesford, partnering Dwayne Jack in the center of the TT defence, fitted nicely into the scheme of things while Fitzpatrick, sporting a slimmer look, tested the Bajans with testing runs on both flanks.
It was the trio of Jemmott, Gary Glasgow and Scott Sealy who created the first meaningful chance for the hosts, as Sealy was sent clear by Jemmott on a 11th minute counter-attack, but Sealy’s left-footer was blocked by a defender.
Jemmott again was in the thick of things, in the 18th, as he fed Kerry Baptiste on the right, and the diminutive midfielder saw his powerful left-footer deflected wide.
On the half-hour mark, Fitzpatrick’s right-side corner was not held by Barbados’ goalkeeper Adrian Chase, and Telesford was unable to keep his header down on the far post.
But a set piece will prove crucial for Trinidad and Tobago, two minutes later, when Fitzpatrick, on the left, floated a free-kick which was not cleared by the Bajan defence, and Glasgow spun and shot his left-footer past Chase.
Barbados did not lie down and die, and they started the second half with a lot of passion and purpose, especially in midfield as Sealy and Jemmott were tiring.
Sealy headed Baptiste’s 55th minute cross onto the crossbar but the visitors got a deserved equaliser when, from a short corner by captain Norman Forde, Grogory Goodridge sent a high ball to Harvey, who headed past the flat-footed TT defence.
Sealy, Fitzpatrick and Jemmott were later replaced by the youthful trio of Darryl Roberts, Kwame Wiltshire and Keeron Benito but they could not make a positive impression on the match, to the dismay of the crowd estimated at 10,000.
After Glasgow got a fantastic pass from Jemmott in the 70th, he could only look on in horror as an unmarked Roberts, with his first touch of the game, placed his left-footer wide from 10 metres out while Glasgow collected a ball from Theobald but missed his 86th minute effort.
Not even a man advantage for the hosts, when John Hawkesworth was sent off by Panamanian referee Roberto Moreno for his second bookable offence, could tilt the balance in TT’s favour.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Jan-Michael Williams; Dwayne Jack, Osei Telesford, Nigel Daniel, Seon Power; Densil Theobald (capt), Leslie Fitzpatrick (Kwame Wiltshire 72nd), Kerry Baptiste, Kerwyn Jemmott (Keeron Benito 82nd); Gary Glasgow, Scott Sealy (Darryl Roberts 69th).
BARBADOS: Adrian Chase; John Parris, Dyson James, Jonathan Straker, John Hawkesworth, Grogory Goodridge; Romelle Burgess, Norman Forde (capt), Louie Soares (Ramuel Miller 90th), Neil Harvey (Rushida Williams 74th); Ryan Lucas (Sheridan Grovesnor 79th).