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Match Report
Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
T&T flag Guyana
Devorn Jorsling (82')

Digicel Cup
2008-11-09Marvin Lee StadiumTunapuna, Trinidad and Tobago0

Soca Warriors & Golden Jaguars battle to 1-1 stalemate

#19 Keon Daniel (Photo: Digicelfootball.Com)Warriors to open against Grenada in DCC final series.

Both Trinidad & Tobago and Antigua & Barbuda qualified for the final round of the Digicel Caribbean Championships (DCC) in Jamaica starting December 3rd.

Antigua got the better of St. Kitts & Nevis (4-3) while the Warriors came from behind to tie Guyana (1-1) in the final of the qualifying series at the Marvin Lee Stadium in Trinidad.

Having already qualified for the finals T&T had little to play for while Guyana were fighting for their lives to clinch a final spot and came out firing from the get-go but could only go into the half deadlocked. In the second half Guyana picked up where they left off and the persistence paid off when Joe Public striker Gregory Richardson scored a 58th minute penalty to send Guyana ahead. Aklie Edwards handled the ball in the area and the Joe Public marksman made no mistake.

T&T didn't sit back though and picked up the pace, and it was only a matter of time before they'd score. Belgium-based Khaleem Hyland provided a pass to the in-form Defence Force striker Devon Jorsling who knocked the ball into the back of the net for the Warriors in the 82nd minute to tie the game.

T&T: - 21.Marvin Phillip; 16.Seon Power (Cyd Gray 46th), 5.Keyeno Thomas, 4.Makan Hislop, 17.Aklie Edwards; 19.Keon Daniel, 2.Clyde Leon, 9.Aurtis Whitley (capt) (15.Arnold Dwarika 46th), 6.Khaleem Hyland; 10.Andre Toussaint, 11.Scott Sealy (18.Devon Jorsling 46th).

Guyana: - Richard Reynolds; Howard Lowe, Charles Pollard (capt), Kester Jacobs (Dwain Jacobs 46th), Shawn Bishop (Kayode McKinnon 86th); Dwight Peters (Howard Newton 70th), Chris Nurse, John Rodrigues, Walter Moore; Gregory Richardson, Randolph Jerome.

Final Stage - Group A

Match Date: 2008-12-03
 Jamaica vs  Barbados

Match Date: 2008-12-03
 Trinidad and Tobago vs  Grenada

Match Date: 2008-12-05
 Jamaica vs  Grenada

Match Date: 2008-12-05
 Barbados vs  Trinidad and Tobago

Match Date: 2008-12-07
 Jamaica vs  Trinidad and Tobago

Match Date: 2008-12-07
 Grenada vs  Barbados

Final Stage - Group B

Match Date: 2008-12-04
 Haiti vs  Antigua & Barbuda

Match Date: 2008-12-04
 Guadeloupe vs  Cuba

Match Date: 2008-12-06
 Cuba vs  Antigua & Barbuda

Match Date: 2008-12-06
 Haiti vs  Guadeloupe

Match Date: 2008-12-08
 Cuba vs  Haiti

Match Date: 2008-12-08
 Antigua & Barbuda vs  Guadeloupe
Soca Warriors & Golden Jaguars battle to 1-1 stalemate.

Second round contention in the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championships (DCC) culminated on Sunday evening at the Marvin Lee Stadium with host Trinidad & Tobago dancing their way back to earn a draw against Guyana’s Golden Jaguars.

It was a keen contest which produced a much improved performance from the Jaguars who had been favored to advance to the DCC Finals prior to the commencement of the group, based on their past performances in the competition, but that was not to be.

Following Antigua & Barbuda’s nerve racking triumph against St. Kitts & Nevis in the first game of the double header and their qualification for the finals, Guyana could have eased off the throttle for the T&T encounter but it brought out the best fans have seen of them in the group matches.

Solid and creative ball work by the Guyanese saw them controlling the game against the home team and created some early chances which went wide of the target.

Shawn Bishop had an early chance from a free kick just outside the box that sailed over the bar.

Dwight Peters in the 13th minute and Bishop again one minute later, spilled more chances to take the lead. Left outside midfielder Walter Moore received a neat pass from Randolph in the 18th minute and took a well timed left foot shot on the run which curled past the near post.

Trinidad & Tobago too, would come close on a number of occasions. Keon Daniel’s 21st minute shot was saved on the second attempt by Richard Reynolds.

The Trinis, boasting a rich history in Caribbean football dating back to the inception of regional competition in 1989, would come close to taking the lead again in the 45th minute when the Guyana defense was caught flat footed, Scott Sealy and Khaleem Hyland working in tandem failed to make good on their opportunity, Reynolds again, clutching the ball on second attempt.

Andre Toussaint let off a scorching shot in added on time in the first half but his shot sailed over the cross bar bringing an end to a pulsating first half.

T&T wasted no time in injecting fresh leg into their attack and made a triple change just after the commencement of the second half. Seon Power, Scott Sealy and Aurtis Whitley replaced by Cyd Gray, Devon Jorsling and veteran Arnold Dwarika.

The changes though, did not bring the home team immediate results, Guyana continuing to dominate proceedings. They made their first change in the 48th minute when Kester Jacobs made way for Dwain Jacobs.

Gregory Richardson and Randolph Jerome continued to work overtime up front seeking to penetrate the Trinidad defense but they were being kept at bay all along.

In the 58th minute though, Jerome was the man to orchestrate the move that would eventually break the deadlock.

His squared pass in the box searching for Richardson, was handled by Keon Daniel as adjudged by referee Willy Minyetty of the Dominican Republic. Richardson, who was in ripping form for T&T’s Pro League side Joe Public in the CONCACAF Champions League, took the shot for Guyana and buried it easily, sending custodian Marvin Phillip to his left as the ball went straight on into the back of the nets.           

The goal sent the large T&T crowd into a hush as they never expected the Jaguars to strike first.

The Guyanese technical staff utilised their second change in the 70th minute strengthening the midfield, Howard Newton taking over from Dwight Peters. 

The soft sound of drums could be heard in the stands and gradually the home team, which has shown that they possess the necessary artillery to fight from behind, began to gather more momentum in their attacks. Their midfield started to smother and out-play the Jaguars who started to look a bit jaded from the steady build ups.

And even as time ticked, the equaliser was not far away. In the 85th minute substitute Jorsling tucked his shot past Reynolds, a goal that brought the entire stadium to its feet.     

Soon after, the whistle was sounded to bring an end to a keen fight with the spoils shared equally but more importantly, Trinidad & Tobago moving on along with Antigua & Barbuda to the Finals of the 2008 Digicel Caribbean Championships.

Trinidad & Tobago topped the group with 7 points. Antigua & Barbuda finished second with 6, Guyana 2 and St. Kitts & Nevis who lost a thriller to Antigua 4-3, ending on 1.

Guyana: 22. Richard Reynolds, 02. John Rodrigues, 03. Howard Lowe, 04. Kester Jacobs (Dwain Jacobs min 48), 05. Walter Moore, 10. Gregory Richardson, 12. Shawn Bishop (19. Kayode Mc Kinnon min 85), 13. Charles Pollard, 14. Dwight Peters (9. Howard Newton min 70), 18. Randolph Jerome, 21. Chris Nurse.   

Subs: 01. Andrew Durant, 08. Carey Harris, 11. Collie Hercules, 17. Devon Millington. 

Trinidad and Tobago: 21. Marvin Phillip, 02. Clyde Leon, 04. Makan Hislop, 05. Keyeno Thomas, 06. Khaleem Hyland, 09. Aurtis Whitley (15. Arnold Dwarika min 46), 10. Andre Toussaint, 11. Scott Sealy (18. Devon Jorsling min 46), 16. Seon Power (8. Cyd Gray min 46), 17. Aklie Edwards, 19. Keon Daniel.

Subs: 01. Glenroy Samuel, 03. Avery John, 12. Lester Peltier, 14. Julius James.

Referee: Willy Minyetty (Dominican Republic).

21.Marvin Phillip
17.Aklie Edwards
4.Makan Hislop
16.Subbed outSeon Power
 Subbed in 46' Cyd Gray
5.Keyeno Thomas
19.Keon Daniel
6.Khaleem Hyland
2.Clyde Leon
9.Subbed outAurtis Whitley (capt.)
 Subbed in 46' Arnold Dwarika
11.Subbed outScott Sealy
 Subbed in 46' Devorn Jorsling
10.Andre Toussaint
8.Cyd Gray
15.Arnold Dwarika
18.Devorn Jorsling
14.Julius James
3.Avery John
12.Lester Peltier
 Francisco Maturana
46'Subbed outSubbed inCyd Gray for Seon Power
46'Subbed outSubbed inArnold Dwarika for Aurtis Whitley
46'Subbed outSubbed inDevorn Jorsling for Scott Sealy