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T&Ts Levi Garcia (11) tries to get past Honduras’ Maynor Figueroa during their CONCACAF Nations League matchup at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, on Thursday night. Honduras won 2-0. - CA-images

Trinidad and To­ba­go’s chances of pro­gress­ing out of the group in the Con­ca­caf Na­tions League were dealt a se­vere blow when they were shut out 2-0 by Hon­duras at the Hase­ly Craw­ford Sta­di­um in Port-of-Spain last night.

The vis­i­tors got a sec­ond-half goals from Bryan Ve­lasquez-Moya (52th) and Dou­glas Mar­tinez (90th) as skip­per Kevin Moli­no’s side was con­fined to yet an­oth­er de­feat in what has been a hor­ri­ble run for them so far this year.

And on an­oth­er day the score­line could have been much wider, as the vis­i­tors en­joyed the bet­ter of the ex­changes on the night and it was on­ly some des­per­ate de­fend­ing by Daneil Cyrus, Alvin Jones and com­pa­ny which pre­vent­ed fur­ther goals.

In the 52nd minute, Al­berth Elis skil­ful­ly blew past Cyrus on the right flank be­fore de­liv­er­ing for Ve­lasquez-Moya to hit pow­er­ful­ly past goal­keep­er Mar­vin Phillip.

And Mar­tinez was again at the cen­tre of the at­tack for Hon­duras again, this time he stormed down the right side and re­leased for an un­marked Mar­tinez Juarez Dou­glas to drill the fi­nal nail in the T&T cof­fin in the 90th minute.

The War­riors, who start­ed strong de­spite a small turnout of fans, al­so fin­ished the match with nine men af­ter Levi Gar­cia was giv­en march­ing or­ders in the 72nd minute for his sec­ond book­able of­fence and Mekeil Williams was shown a straight red for a vi­cious tack­le in time added on at the end of the match.

Ear­li­er in the sev­enth minute, slop­py de­fen­sive work by Shel­don Bateau al­most al­lowed a de­flect­ed at­tempt to squeeze past T&T goalie Phillip.

TT’s best chance came in the 25th when Moli­no picked out Shel­don Bateauwith his left-sided cor­ner, but Bateau’s pow­er­ful head­er crashed against the cross­bar be­fore go­ing to safe­ty.

Lat­er, Ryan Telfer com­bined with Khaleem Hy­land but the lat­ter, with miles of room in front him, saw his shot sail over­bar.

The teams went in­to the in­ter­val goal­less but af­ter­wards, Hon­duras dom­i­nat­ed the af­fair.

How­ev­er, T&T should have scored a con­so­la­tion item in the 85th when Moli­no’s cross from a free­kick found Akeem Gar­cia un­marked at the back post but he failed to con­nect with the ball.

The Soca Warriors needed a win to have any chance of a berth in the Concacaf Hex for the Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying series while Dennis Lawrence also set an unwanted mark for the longest win-less streak in the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association’s 111 year history. The lanky head coach, who has managed five wins, eight draws and 18 losses from his 31 matches - (Wired868).


Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 16.Alvin Jones, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 5.Daneil Cyrus, 17.Mekeil Williams [Red Card]; 23.Leston Paul (9.Ataulla Guerra 73), 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain); 11.Levi Garcia [Red Card], 10.Kevin Molino, 7.Ryan Telfer (13.Duane Muckette 87); 14.Daniel Carr (20.Akeem Garcia 62).

Unused substitutes: 21.Glenroy Samuel (GK), 22.Adrian Foncette (GK), 2.Aubrey David, 3.Joevin Jones, 6.Keston Julien, 15.Neveal Hackshaw, 12.Carlyle Mitchell, 18.Aikim Andrews, 19.Kevan George.

Coach: Dennis Lawrence

Honduras (4-2-2-2): 22.Luis Lopez (GK); 2.Félix Crisanto, 4.Henry Figueroa, 3.Maynor Figueroa (captain), 5.Éver Alvarado; 8.Carlos Pineda, 10.Alexander López (20.Jorge Álvarez 75); 17.Alberth Ellis, 12.Jonathan Toro; 11.Bryan Róchez (16.Rigoberto Rivas 67), 13.Brayan Moya (14.Douglas Martinez 81).

Unused substitutes: 1.Harold Fonseca (GK), 18.Jose Zuniga (GK), 6.Bryan Acosta, 7.Emilio Izaguirre, 9.Jorge Benguche, 15.Denil Maldonado, 19.Luis Garrido, 21.Danilo Tobias, 23.Edwin Solano.

Coach: Fabián Coito

Highlights - Trinidad 0 - 2 Honduras


Honduras whip T&T 2-0 in ill-tempered affair.
By Joel Bailey (Newsday).

HONDURAS whipped T&T 2-0 in an ill-tempered affair on Thursday evening, at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo, in a Concacaf Nations League, League A, Group C encounter.

Brayan Moya and Douglas Martinez were the goal-getters for Honduras, with T&T finishing the game with nine men as Levi Garcia and Mekeil Williams were sent off by referee Mario Escobar.

This result will certainly heap more pressure on T&T’s beleaguered coach Dennis Lawrence, whose winless run has now been extended to 13 (nine defeats and four draws).

T&T entered this match on the back of two drawn results (1-1 and 2-2) against the other team in Group C, Martinique. Honduras were playing their first game in the group.

Lawrence made two changes from last month’s 2-2 draw against Martinique at the Hasely Crawford Stadium, with captain Khaleem Hyland and left-back Williams replacing Kevan George and Aubrey David.

Hyland played his part in T&T’s first attack on the Honduras goal, in the third minute. The T&T skipper picked out fellow midfielder Kevin Molino to his left, and Molino’s right-footed effort went wide of the mark.

Sheldon Bateau, who wore the captain’s armband against Martinique, almost gifted Honduras an opening goal four minutes later. The central defender took too long to control a back pass and saw his shot crash off Honduras’ striker Bryan Rochez, leaving T&T goalkeeper Marvin Phillip to rush back to clear the looping ball off the line.

Bateau, on the other end of the field, came close in the 27th minute, as he met Molino’s corner with a header which crashed off the crossbar, with the loose ball cleared off the line by defender Felix Crisanto.

In a rare T&T foray, Hyland took a ball from Molino and sent his left-footed drive overbar, while Honduras’ skipper Maynor Figueroa forced Phillip to push a powerfully-hit freekick overbar.

Honduras changed gears in the second half, with Phillip forced to parry a low right-footed shot from Ever Alvarado but a lurking Alberth Elis sent the rebound high, from a few metres out.

Honduras eventually broke the deadlock in the 51st, with a close-range left-footed shot from Moya, after Elis left T&T centre-back Daneil Cyrus for dead, on the left by-line.

Debutant Akeem Garcia, who came on for an ineffective striker Daniel Carr in the 61st, was deployed in his unaccustomed role as centre forward.

He had a chance to tie the scores six minutes later when he ran at a pass from Hyland but sent a low right-footed shot wide off Luis Lopez’s goal.

Levi Garcia was given his marching orders two minutes later, for a second bookable offence (after fouls on Alvarado in the 47th and Jonathan Toro), while Molino vented his frustration at the referee and got a yellow card.

The T&T players almost got into a brawl with their opponents in the 84th after Alvin Jones got into a tangle with Carlos Pineda; Rigoberto Rivas and Phillip were subsequently booked by the referee.

With the T&T players looking for an elusive equaliser, Honduras capitalised on defensive gaps to net their second item, in the 89th.

Once again, Cyrus was left twisting and turning by Elis, who squared the ball to an unmarked Martinez, to his left, and the substitute midfielder slotted the ball past Phillip.

Williams added salt to his team’s wounds with a lunging tackle on Crisanto, in the 90th.

Honduras will play their next two Nations League, League A Group C matches at home – against Martinique on Sunday and T&T on November 17.