Wed, May
Match Report
Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
T&T flag Guyana
Carlos Edwards (59')
Cornell Glen (62')
Dennis Lawrence (pen 88')

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2008-09-03Hasely Crawford StadiumPort-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago0

T&T surge pass Guyana 3-0

edwards18Second half goals by Carlos Edwards, Cornell Glen and Dennis Lawrence secured a 3-0 win over Guyana in an international friendly at the Hasley Crawford Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. The same venue where T&T will host Guatemala for Saturday’s all important World Cup qualifier. Coach Maturana assumedly used this final fixture as a warm up to fine tune his starting team before Saturday's clash. Three second half substitute made all the differnece for Maturana's men. Carlos would open the score line in the 59th minute, a goal that had a slight diversion before entering the net. Then the in-form Cornell Glen, who was causing all sorts of havoc for the Guyanese defence doubled the lead 3 minutes later. Before big Dennis Lawrence finished off the Guyanese outfit with a penalty in the 88th.


T&T 3 v GUY 0

TRI - Jan-Michael Williams (Marvin Phillip 46th); Gaysi Joyce (Cyd Gray 46th), Julius James (Dennis Lawrence 46th), Makan Hislop, Aklie Edwards (Avery John 46th); Akeil Guevara (Densill Theobald 46th), Clyde Leon, Keon Daniel, Anthony Wolfe; Andre Toussaint (Carlos Edwards 46th), Jason Scotland (Cornell Glen 46th).

Carlos Edwards goal 59th.
Cornell Glen goal 62nd.
Dennis Lawrence pen-goal 88th.

Carlos Edwards (Yellow Card 63rd).
'Warriors' have 3-0 stroll against Guyana.
By: Ian Prescott (Express).

Very few desired to see Trinidad and Tobago play Guyana-aka Caledonia AIA -for a third time this year. The match was in preparation for Saturday's World Cup qualifier versus Guatemala. And for or the record, T&T came away with a dull 3-0 victory, Carlos Edwards (60th), Cornell Glen (62nd) and Dennis Lawrence getting the goals.

The promise yesterday was that for a mere $50, those who couldn't afford to watch Saturday's match would at least get to see a few of the senior "Soca Warriors" in action. Instead, Colombian head-coach Francisco Maturana rested most of Saturday's likely starters in the first half, including Dwight Yorke, Edwards, Lawrence, and Glen. Yorke, in shorts and with a white towel around his neck, was never going to play and relaxed in the stands. But, Trinidadians are an intelligent lot, and only about 500 or so fell for the "dummy".

So what was the purpose of the match? Well, for young Toronto FC defender Julius James, it presented an opportunity to show coach Maturana what he has. Swansea City striker Jason Scotland has also admitted to being a little short on match-fitness , and he was one of the few foreign-based players to get a start. At the end of it all though, it is unlikely that Maturana will be making many changes to his regular line-up.

Last night, T&T controlled the action against a Guyana team that was also missing several regulars.

Scotland had T&T's first chance in the 27th minute, but under pressure from defender Walter Moore, hit straight at keeper Ronson Williams from close up. Moments later, Caledonia AIA wide man Gyasi Joyce also put the ball wide from a short distance away. But despite territorial possession, T&T did not manage a menacing shot on goal in the first half.

Maturana made wholesale changes at the start of the second half, bringing on goalkeeper Marvin Phillip, Lawrence, Edwards, Gray, Glen and Densill Theobald. Glen almost made some immediate inroads, stealing the ball in midfield, and almost chipping the Guyana keeper from 30 metres in the 52nd minute. But, it was Edwards who finally gave the home side the lead in the 60th minute, mainly through a sizeable deflection off defender Moore which took his tame 20metre shot past the Guyana keeper.

Glen got T&T's second goal two minutes later, collecting Clyde Leon's straight pass behind the defenders and striking a stiff, low shot into the net to make it 2-0. Afterwards, Guyana collapsed defensively, and Edwards raced clear a minute later. But, a heavy touch wasted the chance, and when attempting to use theatrics to win a penalty, Edwards was given a yellow card by referee Neil Brizan. Glen later provided Edwards with a good cross which was volleyed onto the body of the Guyanese keeper, who later also brought off a terrific save from Makan Hislop's header.

Phillip had little to do in the T&T goal however, just having to race out once to clear the ball. Glen's pace then won T&T a penalty after he was bundled over in the 89th minute. And to emphasise how non-competitive the match was, central defender Lawrence was allowed to convert the penalty.

Yesterday's dress rehearsal was easy enough, but served as nothing more than a confidence booster. Many left feeling that the Joe Public team-who were watching the match after their 4-0 victory over the New England Revolution - might have provided as much, if not better opposition.

TRINIDAD & TOBAGO: 21-Jan Michael Williams (GK), 2-Aklie Edwards, 4-Makan Hislop, 5-Julius James, 9-Keon Daniel, 10-Andre Toussaint, 11-Jason Scotland, 15-Gyasi Joyce, 16-Akeil Guevara, 17-Clyde Leon.

SUBS: 1-Marvin Phillip, 3-Avery John, 6-Dennis Lawrence, 7-Carlos Edwards, 8-Cyd Gray, 13-Cornell Glen, 18-Densill Theobald, 19-Dwight Yorke.

GUYANA: Ronson Williams, 3-Howard Lowe, 4-Kestore Jacobs, 5-Walter Moore, 7-Dwain Jacob, 8-Brion. Baker, 9-Konata Mannings, 10-Anthony Abrahams, 12-Shawn Bishop, 13-Charles Polard (C), 14-Dwight Peter.

SUBS: 2-Calvin Sheppard, 6-Glenorvon Edmonds, 11-Teon Sarjeant, 15-Philbert Moffat, 16-Shermayne Morris, 17-Dwayne Ali.

21.Subbed outJan-Michael Williams
 Subbed in 46' Marvin Phillip
2.Subbed outAklie Edwards
 Subbed in 46' Avery John
4.Makan Hislop
5.Subbed outJulius James
 Subbed in 46' Dennis Lawrence
15.Subbed outGyasi Joyce
 Subbed in 46' Cyd Gray
9.Keon Daniel
16.Subbed outAkiel Guevara
 Subbed in 46' Densill Theobald
17.Clyde Leon
11.Subbed outJason Scotland
 Subbed in 46' Cornell Glen
10.Subbed outAndre Toussaint
 Subbed in 46' Carlos Edwards
 Anthony Wolfe
1.Marvin Phillip
8.Cyd Gray
3.Avery John
6.Dennis Lawrence
7.Carlos Edwards Yellow Card 63 '
18.Densill Theobald
13.Cornell Glen
19.Dwight Yorke
 Francisco Maturana
46'Subbed outSubbed inDennis Lawrence for Julius James
46'Subbed outSubbed inCyd Gray for Gyasi Joyce
46'Subbed outSubbed inCarlos Edwards for Andre Toussaint
46'Subbed outSubbed inCornell Glen for Jason Scotland
46'Subbed outSubbed inDensill Theobald for Akiel Guevara
46'Subbed outSubbed inMarvin Phillip for Jan-Michael Williams
46'Subbed outSubbed inAvery John for Aklie Edwards
63'Yellow CardCarlos Edwards