The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team ended their two-match Caribbean tour with a solid showing in Martinique today, coming away with a goalless draw against the host nation—who were without their Europe-based players—at the Stade Pierre Aliker in Fort-de-France.
The result ensured that, after their 1-0 win over Guadeloupe on Friday in Guadeloupe, coach Dennis Lawrence’s troops ended their Caribbean adventure without conceding.
Lawrence has found wins hard to come by since he succeeded Belgian Tom Saintfiet as national head coach. The Warriors managed just four victories—against Barbados, Panama, the United States and Guadeloupe—in 16 games under the lanky former World Cup 2006 player.
And apart from a wayward 37th minute Levi Garcia header off a fine cross from overlapping left-back Mekeil Williams, Trinidad and Tobago rarely looked capable of conjuring a scoring chance, let alone taking one.
Yet there were obvious positives too, as the Warriors displayed good organisation, moved the ball quickly and did not shy away from the physical battles. The defensive square of stoppers Daneil Cyrus and Curtis Gonzales and midfielders Leston Paul and Neveal Hackshaw showed good patience and judgement in possession too to keep the ball away from the hosts for much of the first half.
The Warriors tired a bit in the second half but never lost shape or purpose and Trinidad and Tobago goalkeeper Adrian Foncette was not stretched, managing a personal milestone of a debut clean sheet in his 11th senior appearance.
The lone bad note was a knock to defender Triston Hodge, who was replaced in obvious pain after 20 minutes and later seen with heavy icing on his right shin.
Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 22.Adrian Foncette (GK); 16.Alvin Jones, 26.Daniel Cyrus, 15.Curtis Gonzales, 18.Triston Hodge (17.Mekeil Williams 20), 23.Leston Paul, 13.Neveal Hackshaw (19.Kevan George 77), 7.Nathan Lewis (10.Marcus Joseph 79), 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain) (20.Nathaniel Garcia 68), 3.Joevin Jones, 11.Levi Garcia,
Substitutes: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 2.Kareem Moses, 9.Akeem Roach, 12.Reon Moore, 14.Hashim Arcia.
Coach: Dennis Lawrence