St Vincent Stuns Soca Warriors 1-0

De­spite a valiant ef­fort in the sec­ond half with ten men, a youth­ful Trinidad and To­ba­go Se­nior Men’s Team suf­fered a 1-0 de­feat to St Vin­cent and the Grenadines in Sun­day’s in­ter­na­tion­al friend­ly at the Chilli Play­ing field in George­town.

The hosts start­ed bright­ly and took a 1-0 lead in the 4th minute when cap­tain Chav­el Cun­ning­ham put the ball past goal­keep­er Adri­an Fon­cette to the de­light of the home fans. St Vin­cent con­trolled pro­ceed­ings for much of the first half and was un­for­tu­nate not to ex­tend their lead.

T&T, cap­tained by de­fend­er Daneil Cyrus, was re­duced to ten men when Justin Gar­cia was red-card­ed for a rash tack­le mo­ments be­fore half time.

For­ward Isa­iah Lee had T&T’s best ef­fort on goal in the 38th minute.

The sec­ond half saw St Vin­cent main­tain the pres­sure on the vis­i­tors but al­so con­tent with the one-goal ad­van­tage. T&T sub­sti­tute and debu­tant Aaron Lester had an­oth­er close ef­fort in the 68th.

Head Coach Den­nis Lawrence in­tro­duced an­oth­er de­but, 19-year-old mid­field­er John-Paul Rochford and Nathaniel Gar­cia mid­way through the sec­ond half as T&T tried des­per­ate­ly to get back in­to the match. Both play­ers com­bined well and cre­at­ed some prob­lems for the “Vin­cy Heat” but goal­keep­er Dwayne Sandy would not be beat­en on the evening.

Rochford played one in for sec­ond-half sub­sti­tute Kathon St Hillaire but his shot was pushed around the post for a cor­ner by Sandy in the 70th. There were fur­ther chances for both teams in the clos­ing stages with Cun­ning­ham turn­ing two de­fend­ers in the area be­fore fir­ing inch­es over the bar while Gar­cia saw a free-kick go over bar and Rochford’s at­tempt was cleared off the line in the 90th.