|Warriors maul Martinique 5-1 |
By JOEL BAILEY Wednesday, January 17 2007
KERRY BAPTISTE and Gary Glasgow scored a pair of goals apiece while Darryl Roberts added another as Trinidad and Tobago thrashed Martinique 5-1 on Monday night, at the Hasley Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo in the Digicel Caribbean Cup Finals.
The hosts have tallied four points in their two encounters so far in the Sedley Joseph Group, two adrift of Haiti, while Barbados are next on one point and Martinique on zero.
And Trinidad and Tobago need only a draw against Haiti today, at the Mucurapo venue, to be virtually assured a semi-final spot.
Barbados is the only other team with a mathematical chance of joining Haiti in the top two, but they will need to trounce Martinique today by seven clear goals and pray for a TT defeat in today’s other scheduled fixture to book a place in the “semis.”
On Monday, Trinidad and Tobago followed the advice of their Dutch coach Wim Rijsbergen and produced an improved display, after an unimpressive 1-1 draw against the Bajans in Friday’s opener.
The crowd did not have time to settle when they were sent into jubilation when Roberts, who replaced Scott Sealy in the starting eleven, rose above the Martinique defence and headed a Densil Theobald 35-metre freekick past goalkeeper Eddy Heurlie in the third minute.
It was the first international goal for the 23-year-old.
But Martinique, who made four chances to the team that lost 1-0 to Haiti on Friday, did not take long to respond, as attacking midfielder Xavier Bullet broke clear on the right and, after his cross was parried by goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams, Jose Goron’s follow-up shot was denied by Kerwyn “Hardest” Jemmott.
The French-speaking nation relied strictly on the fast break, and they levelled the scores in the 17th when Nigel Daniel and Osei Telesford failed to react to a move by Steve Gustan and Bullet, unmarked in the penalty box, drilled his right-footer beyond Williams’ reach.
Similar to Friday’s match, the equalising goal lifted the hosts from their slumber, especially in midfield with Theobald leading from the front, a clear contrast to the Bajan contest when he seemed overawed with the responsibility of the captaincy.
Time and time again, Theobald denied the midfield threat of Bullet and Gustan with expert tackling, while Baptiste and Leslie “Tiger” Fitzpatrick used their pace to torment Martinique’s wing-backs Willy Padolly and Wilfrid Thalien.
Baptiste’s intended cross on the right to Roberts was blocked by a defender. Glasgow’s tamely taken penalty was held by Heurlie in the 34th. The penalty arose a couple of minutes earlier following a feed by Theobald to Fitzpatrick on the left, the ball went over the reach of Glasgow.
But Baptiste tracked down the loose ball and found Roberts, whose right-footed drive was handled on the line by Joan Deluge.
The Martinique central defender was instantly sent off by referee Roberto Moreno of Panama while his teammates held up play by arguing their case.
Trinidad and Tobago took advantage of Martinique’s frustration by regaining the lead two minutes later, as Roberts’ pass to Glasgow was blocked by Heurlie, while Theobald, on the edge of the penalty box, had his effort blanked by Daniel Herelle but Baptiste finally tucked the ball into the back of the net.
The visitors brought on their trump card, Charles Coridon, at the half-time interval but Trinidad and Tobago went further ahead in the 48th, as Fitzpatrick skipped past Thalien on the left and his cross was headed home by an unmarked Glasgow.
Canada-based striker Joel Bailey, brought on for Roberts on the hour-mark, almost scored on debut when his header, from Baptiste’s right-sided centre, was denied by Heurlie, while winger Hayden Tinto was also given his first cap, as a replacement for Jemmott.
Bailey was involved in Trinidad and Tobago’s fourth item in the 76th— sent clear on goal by Glasgow, the forward was tripped in the box by Linord and Baptiste calmly converted his penalty attempt.
The die was cast in the 83rd as Glasgow found an advancing Fitzpatrick on the left and the dreadlocked winger turned the ball in the six-yard box to Glasgow, who calmly spun around his marker and placed his right-footer home.
Martinique’s substitute Sebastien Lugiery forced a save from Williams in the 89th minute, but his teammates vented their feelings to the officials at the final whistle, and had to be restrained by members of their technical staff.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO: Jan-Michael Williams; Dwayne Jack, Osei Telesford, Nigel Daniel, Seon Power (Makan Hislop 79th); Densil Theobald (capt), Leslie Fitzpatrick, Kerry Baptiste, Kerwyn Jemmott (Hayden Tinto 67th); Gary Glasgow, Darryl Roberts (Joel Bailey 61st).
MARTINIQUE: Eddy Heurlie; Audrick Linord, Joan Deluge, Willy Padolly, Wilfrid Thalien; Daniel Herelle, Jean Victor Lavril (Charles Coridon 46th), Xavier Bullet (Johan Clementia 59th), Steve Gustan; Jose Goron (Sebastien Lugiery 77th), Patrick Percin (capt).