Hondurans shut out T&T 2-0

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 goal 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.

Reporter: Walter Alibey

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