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Jamaica dashes TT’s under-17 CFU dreams… but there’s still Concacaf

Trinidad and Tobago’s dreams of being 2016’s Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Under-17 champions were dashed last night following a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to Jamaica at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.

However, the faintest hopes of advancing to the CONCACAF stage are still alive for the young Soca Warriors, as the best third-place team from the two groups will advance to the next round.

With five out of eight teams already guaranteed to advance to the next round, it looked tough for the boys in the red, white and black not to qualify. But, coach Russell Latapy’s charges now find themselves in the same predicament that his predecessor Shawn Cooper’s Under-17 team were in two years ago.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Nion Lammy (right) motors past Jamaica defender Blake White during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago forward Nion Lammy (right) motors past Jamaica defender Blake White during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Cooper’s team also mustered three points in the group stage, and they were fortunate enough to better a third-place Guadeloupe in the other group as they had a goal difference of minus-two compared to Guadeloupe’s goal difference of minus-six (-6).

Latapy’s crop have also seen their goal differential slip into the red and they will be hoping for some favorable Group B results at the Hasely Crawford Stadium today.

Cuba currently heads the Group B standings with six points, while Curacao and Suriname have three points each. Curacao has a plus-one goal differential while Suriname’s stands at naught. Curacao will be expected to overcome a pointless Guadeloupe team, which conceded six goals against Cuba on Wednesday, while the Cuba and Suriname encounter promises to be a much tighter affair.

For Latapy and his young brigade’s sake, thumping wins for Curacao and Cuba will do no harm.

Speaking of thumping, the Haitians were definitely in no mood to mess around as they hammered Bermuda by a 5-nil margin. Once again, Steeve Saint-Duc led the way for the 2014 CFU Under-17 Champions as he notched a brace while bagging his third consecutive Man of the Match award.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action against Jamaica on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago football fans get behind their team during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action against Jamaica on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Trinidad and Tobago’s win over Bermuda on Sunday was quite a contrast, as the local team fought tooth and nail to earn the dramatic comeback victory; exhilarating celebrations and all. Spectators at the Ato Boldon Stadium must have thought they were watching a sequel last night as the hosts were down 2-0 inside the first half for the second straight game.

With reigning Olympic Champions in both the Men’s and Women’s 100 metre sprints, there was no real surprise that the Jamaicans shot out of the blocks quickly. The tricky Kaheem Parris started the game lively and the “Reggae Boyz” were looking ominous.

In the 13th minute, the visitors showed the frailties in TT’s back line—it was the third different combination that Latapy used for the three games—as the robust Raewin Senior rocketed a left-footed shot into the roof of the net after the defence was caught unawares by a Coby Atkinson pass from the left flank.

“[Trinidad and Tobago] leave a lot of space in certain areas and we wanted to exploit that,” Jamaican coach, Andrew Edwards, said at the post-game conference. “We realized also that the defensive line of Trinidad [and Tobago] wasn’t the strongest and we knew we could outrun them and out jump them.”

Senior was looking just as his surname suggested as he was getting what we wanted from the TT defence, while Parris was tormenting left-back Brandon Semper on the wing. On the other hand, the likes of Kishorn Hackshaw and the diminutive Che Benny barely had space to themselves in the attacking third.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team playmaker Che Benny (right) whips in a cross during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action against Jamaica on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team playmaker Che Benny (right) whips in a cross during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action against Jamaica on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Jamaica’s game plan was certainly working well.

The hosts fell into deeper trouble in the 36th minute, as Nicque Daley rose unopposed to head in a Parris corner. Perhaps, the more worrying sign for “Latas” and his coaching staff came mere seconds earlier when Parris prevented the ball from going out for a corner and nonchalantly tricked his way past the pair of Semper and centre back Jesse Williams.

Semper’s night did not last much longer as he was replaced in the 38th minute by attacker Nion Lammy. But there were still leaks in the TT defence. Latapy swapped his conventional back-four for a back-three, and two minutes into the second half, the substitute Lammy nodded his way into the score sheet.

Parris certainly kept the hosts in the contest as he missed a gaping goal in the 50th minute after some more poor defending. And as fate would have it, TT stand-in skipper Jaydon Prowell headed in the equalizer seven minutes later after meeting a cushioned cross by Isaiah Hudson.

“I thought for this whole tournament we suffered too many goals,” coach Latapy said. “Our form players needed a platform where we could go and win games and I just felt that throughout the tournament, coming into this game, we were chasing the game and we had to make a lot of changes to chase the game. And it didn’t help us.”

All of a sudden, the Jamaicans were second to every loose ball, and the Trinidad and Tobago players were hungrier and sharper. Jodel Brown, who was the workhorse and real driving force in the midfield for the hosts, got into a bit of “afters” with Senior right under referee Trevor Taylor’s nose on the hour mark. But maybe Brown had awoken the sleeping tiger.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team midfielder Jodel Brown (right) holds off Jamaica forward Raewin Senior (second from right) during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team midfielder Jodel Brown (right) holds off Jamaica forward Raewin Senior (second from right) during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

First, Senior reminded the young Warriors of his threat in the 65th minute when his powerful left-footed shot sailed just over bar. And then in the 74th minute he put the game to bed after a shot was deflected into his path.

Were the hosts too attacking after getting back on level terms in the second period?

“We have a young bunch of players and I thought tonight in the second half when we got back into the game we just needed a bit more experience to continue playing the way we were playing. I think we just got a bit overexcited,” Latapy said.

The last 15 minutes were nerve-wracking for the Couva crowd, who again turned up in decent numbers to support the home team. But the closest TT got to mustering another equalizer would be when Jamaica’s regular captain Jerermy Verley sent a misplaced header agonizingly wide of his own goal in the 79th minute.

“Again I will say it was a great effort from them. I’m proud of the team,” Latapy said. “But the reality of the football is that we just weren’t good enough. And we’re heading out of this tournament […] it is a difficult period for these young men. The reality is that we are dependent on other results from other games now.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team coach Russell Latapy (right) passes on instructions to midfielder Nickel Orr during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action against Jamaica on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team coach Russell Latapy (right) passes on instructions to midfielder Nickel Orr during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) action against Jamaica on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

What would Latapy like to see for the Under-17 system going forward?

“Not only the Under-17s but every team that we have needs consideration. And that’s the situation that we are in. The tournaments that they have for these young players are very far in between […] I’m saying we have to have a continuation programme.

“We’re asking young men, fifteen and sixteen years-old, to play football for three months at the highest level and we throw them into situations without being properly prepared. So that is one of the changes I think the Federation wants to make and I think that is why [TTFA president David John-Williams] brought me back in.”

And of course, there is always the question of time. Did Latapy feel as though he had enough time to work his magic?

“The reality for any coach is that you have never have enough time because there is always something to work on. But three or four weeks to be hired coming into a tournament is definitely not enough time. There’s [sic] too many things I have to work with for a tournament of this importance. It was a hard act, and again I must commend the young men, I thought they did really well, I thought they played their hearts out.”

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Jerrin Jackie (left) tries to keep up with Jamaica attacker Nicque Daley during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago right back Jerrin Jackie (left) tries to keep up with Jamaica attacker Nicque Daley during Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Under-17 action on 20 September 2016 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

With destiny firmly out of their grasp now, Latapy and his Under-17 team will be hoping to sing the “God is ah Trini” refrain when Group B action concludes today at the Hasely Crawford Stadium.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-3-3): 1.Emmanuel John (GK); 12.Jerrin Jackie, 2.Kerdell Sween, 5.Jesse Williams, 6.Brandon Semper (19.Nion Lammy 38); 8.Jodel Brown (15.John-Paul Rochford 86), 7.Isaiah Hudson, 10.Che Benny (13.Luke Singh 72); 14.Kishon Hackshaw, 9.Jaydon Prowell (captain), 16.Nickel Orr.

Unused Substitutes: 20.Elijah Shade (GK); 3.Keon Boney, 4.Tyrike Andrews, 11.Tyrese Bailey, 17.Omar Da Naia, 18.Jonathan Godette.

Coach: Russell Latapy

 

Jamaica (4-3-3): 13.Tajay Griffiths (GK); 12.Kimmani Gibbons, 6.Nickache Murray (captain), 2.Kendall Edwards, 3.Damani Osei; 16.Blake White (4.Jeremy Verley 54), 8.Coby Atkinson, 10.Renato Campbell; 7.Kaheem Parris (18.Jordan Peterkin 78), 9.Raewin Senior, 14.Nicque Daley (20.Chad Letts 65).

Unused Substitutes: 1.Daniel Russell (GK), 11.Omar Thompson, 15.Horace Ramsay, 17.Jamari Morrison, 19.Cal-Wayne Allen.

Coach: Andrew Edwards

 

Referee: Trevor Taylor (Barbados)

Man of the Match: Raewin Senior (Jamaica)

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team playmaker Che Benny (left) gets a high five from substitute Brandon Semper during 2017 World Cup qualifying action against Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 Team playmaker Che Benny (left) gets a high five from substitute Brandon Semper during 2017 World Cup qualifying action against Bermuda at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

CFU Men’s Under-17 Group Results

Friday September 16

Group A

Bermuda 2 (Rahzir Smith-Jones 30, Tokiya Russell 81), Jamaica 6 (Raewin Senior 5, Kaheem Parris 17, 72, Kendall Edwards 36, Nicque Daley 42, Tokiya Russell 90+1 [own goal]), Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad and Tobago 0, Haiti 2 (Nael Elysee 22, Steeve Saint-Duc 68), Ato Boldon Stadium;

Saturday September 17

Group B

Guadeloupe 0, Suriname 2 (Archero Heover 21, 52), Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Cuba 2 (Yandri Romero 37, Ribaldo Roldan 78), Curacao 1 (Shurendic Fransinet 57), Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Photo: Haiti star Steeve Saint Duc (right) tries to take the ball past Trinidad and Tobago right back Kerdell Sween during 2017 Under-17 World Cup qualifying action in Couva on 17 September 2016. Saint Duc scored once as Haiti won 2-0. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Haiti star Steeve Saint Duc (right) tries to take the ball past Trinidad and Tobago right back Kerdell Sween during 2017 Under-17 World Cup qualifying action in Couva on 17 September 2016.
Saint Duc scored once as Haiti won 2-0.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Sunday September 18

Group A

Jamaica 0, Haiti 0, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad and Tobago 3 (Che Benny 70, Jaydon Prowell 73, 90+2), Bermuda 2 (Tokia Russell 11, 26), Ato Boldon Stadium;

Monday September 19

Group B

Guadeloupe 0, Cuba 6 (Yandri Romeo 31 , Ribaldo Roldan 35′, Cristian Turks 58′, Manuel Cruz 75′, Brian Sivigne 86′, 90+3′), Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Suriname 1 (Janiro Eenig 4), Curacao 3 (Nathan Bernardina 10, 29), Hasely Crawford Stadium;

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 midfielder Kishon Hackshaw (left) races away from Bermuda full back Richard Jones during 2017 World Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016. (Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)
Photo: Trinidad and Tobago National Under-17 midfielder Kishon Hackshaw (left) races away from Bermuda full back Richard Jones during 2017 World Cup qualifying action at the Ato Boldon Stadium on 18 September 2016.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Tuesday September 20

Group A

Haiti 5, Bermuda 0, Ato Boldon Stadium;

Trinidad and Tobago 2 (Nion Lammy 47, Jaydon Prowell 57), Jamaica 3 (Raewin Senior 13, 74, Nicque Daley 36), Ato Boldon Stadium.

About Roneil Walcott

Roneil Walcott
Roneil Walcott is an avid sports fan and freelance reporter with a BA in Mass Communication from COSTAATT. Roneil is a former Harvard and St Mary's College cricketer who once had lofty aspirations of bringing joy to sport fans with the West Indies team. Now, his mission is to keep them on the edge of their seats with sharp commentary from off the playing field.

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57 comments

  1. Knowing the frailties of the defense, we may have been better served parking the bus after equalizing with Jamaica as a point would have likely guaranteed us through regardless of goal differential. The point was more valuable because if Suriname beat Cuba we would have been eliminated regardless.

    I think Shawn Cooper was in a similar situation last CFU U17 Finals in Haiti and adjusted tactics to secure a best 3rd or overall 5th place qualification for CONCACAF

    • Lasana Liburd

      Maybe so Sean. Two problems with that though. One, I think this team was too defensively frail to be able to keep anybody out. And two, Latapy had thrown so many attacking players on that it was hard to adjust.
      Ironically when we were 2-2, Latapy brought on a holding midfielder (Luke Singh) for an attacking midfielder (Che Benny)… And, within two minutes of that sub, Jamaica scored! Smh.

      • Fraility demands at 2-2, 5 defenders and 4 midfielders. Having watched Luke Singh train for over a week with Elie, knowing the position he plays for Vaughn Azurri in Canada he is NOT a holding midfielder, he is either attacking midfielder or forward. The kid has excellent finishing technique with both feet. Latapy just did not have enough time to know his charges plus he was not exactly left with a brain trust to advise him. Hope Latapy helps with other teams, I definetly think he has something to positive to offer.

  2. Isn’t Latas on a long term contract?

  3. ..Allyuh really think Latapy will stick around as U17 coach for two more years?..

  4. Yeah he must make certain he starts to recruit and start to train them from now and I betting everyone that we shall see a vast difference. Them really good yes

  5. If they discard them, who Latas go
    Coach?

  6. they done discard them the moment they lost out on qualification

  7. on another note Lasana what going on with your former alma matter ???

  8. That said, from a purely developmental stand point – it’s encouraging to have seen a few players out there on the T&T team who demonstrated good potential….the number 8 (center mid), the number 5 center back, Hackshaw, Che Benny, the striker (Captain) and a few others leaves us with a bit of optimism for the future. It’s should be the priority of those in charge to ensure that these guys continue to develop. As disappointing as it is to have not qualified, these tournament serve as developmental benchmark, a look into the future…hopefully they will not, as a group, be discarded…

  9. I honestly feel sorry for the boys. They are the victims of poor administration as so many other teams are victims

  10. Ah really tired of the same thing over and over eh Them really good yes

  11. nothing is going to change we will sit on our ass till 2018 when qualifiers for cfu u20 17 come around and have screening and pick a team 2 mths before tournamt

  12. Well what do you expect eh until the corrupted TTFA really start doing the right things for our Coaches and players eh we won’t be going back to any World Cup for a very long time eh because meh corrupted uncle Jack Warner and his cronies are no longer around to orchestrate things eh Aaron Pollard Them really good yes

  13. Sorry. Cuba won 2-1. Not enough. Trinidad and Tobago are out. Suriname takes the fifth placed spot.

  14. come on cuba!!!!!! sad that we have to fight for a 5th place finish to get to the next rounds of WC qualifying. sad

  15. Cuba goalkeeper is killing time in his box and daring a Suriname player to challenge… so much for Cuba doing us a favor!

  16. It’s the 82nd minute and Cuba just took 2-1 lead over Suriname… one more goal and Trinidad and Tobago will advance to the CONCACAF round!

  17. So it seems that our players stop being creative and skillful ent hence the reason why I does call some of the local coaches bootleg eh they need to let our players free up themselves eh Them really good yes.

  18. #7 and #9 danced around them all night look what #7 did to semper by the corner flag how embarrassing that was

  19. And that is the problem eh, they need to really change the Soca Warriors name eh, because our players doesn’t play like real Warriors et all, hence the reason why I does call them Soca Worries eh. Hahahahaha. Them really good yes

  20. latapy can’t shoulder all the blame for the team”s performances a national team coach is not responsible for teaching players how 2 control mark pass etc the players lack awareness their tackling is horrible outside of j brown c benny n sammy nobody else played with any heart or desire 2 win

  21. Well I hope that my dictator president will really put the right things in place going forward eh with respect to the development and proper preparations before entering these tournaments because gone are the days of doing the same things over and over and expecting great results . The U 15 women team that got 22= 0 from my other sweetest country America should have been a rude awakening as to where our football has reached and now the U17 eh well I will be waiting very patiently to see the outcome of our U20 and I hope that my foreign base Coach Russell The Magician Laterpy doesn’t get any blame for not qualifying because it might have been the same results no matter who was the Coach. Them really good yes

    • That U17 team has been training for the better part of a year – under a different coach of-course…

    • Well of course I knew that eh meh boy Ken Elie who I warned about going and do it again after he got his throat buss some years ago preparing the same U17 team and just so just so Anton Corneal was given the job and of course didn’t do any better himself, they really need to get their acts together eh, because they continues to fail these young players over and over again. Them really good yes

  22. ..With due respect, the media frenzy over SSFL football, including their TV deal, only serves to prolong the pulling of the proverbial wool over our collective eyes, and gives the players a false sense of their own quality. In reality, we cyah beat nobody these days. Them’s the facts..

  23. Whahh Myers like yuh take a course or what? Spot on assessment…

  24. They get an “A” for effort, grit, and determination, but there are so many things wrong with the team. They look decent when on the attack, but defensively they are a mess. Teams carve us open way too easily. Individual fundamental technique needs work as well as decision making.

  25. ..Credit to the boys. They fought. But fifth is two consecutive U17 tournaments and a scrape through U20 qualification tells us where our youth football is right now..

  26. ..Credit to the boys. They fought. But fifth is two comsecutive U17 tournaments and a scrape through U20 qualification tells us where our youth football is right now..