Trinidad beats Bermuda 2-0 to Advance into Next Round of WC Qualification

June 23, 2008 at 1:56 am (Football, news, Rants, Sports, Trinidad) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

A first half strike from Dutch-based striker Daryl Roberts and a controversial header by Stern John pushed Trinidad past Bermuda into the next round of WC 2010 qualification. The Bermudan side had serious problems with John’s goal as it was allowed to be scored by the referee while the Bermudan players waited for a substitution to be made, with some 20 minutes left to be played in the second half. Darryl Roberts, one of very few new names who continue to impress, converted within 10 minutes of the first half.

Funny. When I heard Stern John scored I held by breath till I heard it was ruled off-side…but no…it could have just been disallowed entirely seeing that the entire Bermudan defense except for their goalkeeper wasn’t paying attention, as they were waiting for their substitution to take place. Darryl Roberts on the other hand did well with an early goal.

So wow, they did it, but just barely, and with a large degree of controversy, against Bermuda i.e. At one time they only left ONE defender behind the ball in their onslaught of attacks against the Bermudan goal. The problem is, such strategies cannot work against the likes of Mexico, USA, Guatemala and Cuba who Trinidad will face in the next round of qualification. As a matter of fact its extremely worrying that Trinidad only managed to scrape past Bermuda, ranked #139 in the world, when the USA is making light work of such teams as they beat Barbados 8-0 earlier this month. For now Trinidad supporters can breathe a sigh of relief, but a lot of work has to be done if they are to advance any further.

Regardless of the outcome today or in the future : BRING BACK THE REAL TEAM, DOWN WITH JACK WARNER.

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Postmortem of England vs Trinidad International Friendly

June 3, 2008 at 2:34 am (Football, Sports) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )

What can I say more? Since the day the date of the match was first announced I’ve been saying it : You can’t beat England with a local based ‘C’ team. Should I cite myself? Great international embarassment. Undisputed Truth (2008)? Some quotes from the English announcers during the match :

(T&T 0 – Eng 2)
Announcer 1 :
“A score to settle they’ve been calling this match…so called ‘revenge’ for the World Cup, hahaha”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“This team…well certainly not this personnel..this country
drew with Sweden at the World Cup”

(T&T 0 – Eng 1)
Announcer 1 :
“The right back…Keon Cupid..he hasn’t been applying any pressure at
all…(replay shown)look at him there…he isn’t even running with
Ashton he’s just been…”

Announcer 2 :
“Ball watching”

Announcer 1 :
” Yes!….and he’s the rightback!”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“There’s Dwight Yorke…expected to come on maybe for the next 20
minutes..”

Announcer 2 :
“..probably telling the manager “make it 10, make it 10”

Announcer 1&2 :
“hahaha”

(T&T 0 – Eng 3)
Announcer 1 :
“Well we’ve come to the end of a poor display by Trinidad and
Tobago…. it must be said”

Me : Absolutely pathetic. The “score” still isn’t “settled”…T&T needed about 5 more goals for their rank lackluster, shitty, embarassing performance. From Kern Cupid unnecessarily kicking the ball out of touch to give England a corner, to Khaleem Hyland’s slow, sloppy uninspiring “debut”…to the 1,000,000,000th time Stern John has been caught offside (because it wouldn’t be planet Earth if Stern John wasn’t caught offside) to the unfortunate injury and 7th minute exit of Kenwyne Jones, to England having like 70% of possession and running circles around the defenders..it was just a total train wreck.

Good performances were there however, like diamonds buried in mud in a pigsty, from Carlos Edwards, Aurtis Whitley, Dwight Yorke and to some degree Daryl Roberts. Clayton Ince did his job despite the scoreline, but it doesn’t matter because he’s about to be 36, seems unfit and every dog can have their day once in a while.

Bottom line : I hope it woke up the TTFF that they’re making a mistake by SNUBBING foreign-based, obviously more talented players for so-called “homegrown” players who happen to play in the karate/wrestling with a ball most inferior of all time league they call the Pro League (hilarious)..recent feedback has shown otherwise however, as most people seem to think that the scoreline just indicates how “good” England is. Its funny though that that was the scoreline for England without 7 of their Man. U and Chelsea stars, and with a virtual walkout of most of their players in the 2nd half, where they used 6 substitutions…including the goalkeeper for goodness sake..

“Don’t worry” “Not disappointed” says Technical Director Lincoln “Tiger” Phillips..

Such a display is cause for worry, regardless of it being a friendly. We can only hope they can get it right before the start of the World Cup qualifiers in 2 weeks..

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