Club Sando fall to Lion; TTPFL side out of Caribbean Cup contention

Tiger Tanks Club Sando’s Caribbean adventure ends in Saint Kitts and Nevis this weekend, as a 2-1 semifinal defeat to Golden Lion FC means they will not advance to the Concacaf Caribbean Cup.

Tomorrow night, Golden Lion of Martinique and Suriname’s Robinhood will contest the 2023 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield from 7pm in Basseterre. Both teams also advance to the Caribbean Cup where they will try to force their way through to the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup.

Club Sando flanker Isaiah Thompson (right) tries to hold off an opponent during 2023 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield action in Basseterre, Saint Kitts.
(via Club Sando)

Trinidad and Tobago Premier Football League (TTPFL) champions Defence Force and runners-up AC Port of Spain are already through to the Caribbean Cup—by virtue of their domestic league placing.

But Sando’s defeat yesterday was a warning sign for the local league, which just completed its first season in three years.

Coach Cornell Glen’s troops romped through the group stage with 16 unanswered goals from three games. But Lion, who managed 15 goals with one conceded from their two group matches, looked far more likely to give the Trinidad club a challenge—and so it proved.

Curiously, despite both teams’ free-scoring group stage form, all of yesterday’s semifinal items came from set pieces.

Lion defender Marvin Bellance put the French islanders ahead in the 12th minute, with a flicked header off a dead ball that looped over Sando goalkeeper Miles Goodman.

Golden Lion players congratulate goal scorer Kevin Parsemain (centre) during their 2023 Concacaf Caribbean Club Shield clash with Club Sando in Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis on 11 August 2023.
Photo: Victor Straffon/ Straffon Images/ Concacaf

Goodman, a late replacement for injured first-choice custodian Denzil Smith, had even less chance with Lion’s second, which was a brilliant free kick from 35-year-old journeyman forward Kevin Parsemain, who has an impressive 35 goals from 57 internationals for Martinique.

Sando pulled a goal back with a cracking Alvin Jones free kick from distance in first half stoppage time. And the Soca Warriors right back nearly managed a second from the same route, only to crash his effort off the underside of the bar.

But, in the end, Sando lost their composure with Naparima College defender Josiah Cooper and captain Josiah Trimmingham both picking up second yellow cards—as the TTPFL outfit finished with nine players on the field.

Club Sando defender Josiah Trimmingham (foreground) holds off AC Port of Spain forward Jaydon Prowell during TTPFL action at the Larry Gomes Stadium on 19 March 2023.
Photo: Daniel Prentice/ Wired868

Sando can end on a positive note tomorrow when they face Metropolitan FC from 4pm in the third-place playoff at the SKNFA Technical Centre. But they will leave Saint Kitts without the prize they wanted.

(Teams)

Club Sando: 25.Miles Goodman (GK); 16.Alvin Jones, 14.Josiah Cooper [Red card 82], 37.Josiah Trimmingham (captain) [Red card 90+4], 29.Seon Thomas, 4.Shervohnez Hamilton (6.Nicholas Thomas 27); 22.Luke Phillip, 12.Michael Basdeo; 8.Jabari Forbes (11.Kevon Williams 46), 10.Real Gill (33.Isaiah Thompson 76), 13.Kadeem Corbin (18.Ezekiel Kesar 64); 36.Nicholas Dillon.

Unused substitutes: 1.Denzil Smith (GK), 5.Ronald Charles, 17.Joshua Ragoo, 39.Kanye Francis.

Coach: Cornell Glen

Golden Lion FC: 16.Gilles Meslien (GK), 4.Davy Singama, 15.Marvin Bellance, 26.Evan Salines, 5.Wilfrid Charloton, 8.Norman Grelet, 22.Romario Barthelery (29.Samuel Mondesir 76), 24.Thierry Catherine, 7.Jordy Boriel (19.Kenterly Faucher 72), 17.Kevin Parsemain (captain) (3.Harry Lamartiniere 84), 27.Alvyn Lamasine

Unused substitutes: 1.Gerald Grambert (GK), 9.Isaias Alves, 11.Sylvio Bourguignon, 21.Alan Rose,

Coach: Jean-Francois Go

Referee: Yadel Martinez (Cuba)

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