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Levi punishes dozy Jaguars, as T&T start WCQ campaign with 3-0 win over Guyana

Fifteen months after his unveiling, Trinidad and Tobago Men’s National Senior Team head coach Terry Fenwick can finally point to tangible progress under his watch as the Soca Warriors started their Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight with a thumping 3-0 win over Guyana at the Estadio Panamericano in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Trinidad and Tobago came from behind to hold Guyana 1-1 at the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup while the two nations also finished even in a friendly in 2017. But the Golden Jaguars were comprehensively second best tonight in a lopsided affair.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago head coach Terry Fenwick acknowledges fans in the stands during warmups before an international friendly against USA in Orlando on 31 January 2021.
(Copyright AP Photo/Phelan M Ebenhack)

Has Fenwick so improved the Warriors? Did Guyana coach Márcio Máximo take the Jaguars in the opposite direction? Or is the answer somewhere in between?

Football fans from both nations would surely have their answer by June. But, for now, it is the twin island republic with plenty to celebrate as Guyana had no answer to Trinidad and Tobago’s attacking trident of Joevin Jones, Ryan Telfer and, in particular, Levi Garcia.

There were just 27 seconds on the clock when Garcia darted past Guyana left back Kadell Daniel for the first time, although his squared pass failed to pick out a teammate.

Guyana had their moments with Trayon Bobb, a former Morvant Caledonia United winger, looking lively down either flank. But Garcia sank Jaguar hearts in the eighth minute with a goal from nothing—which would be the best way to describe the contribution from the Guyanese left back.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago winger Levi Garcia (right) tries to escape from Grenada full back Ethan Francois-Ravalier during international friendly action at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva on 11 November 2017.
(Courtesy Chevaughn Christopher/Wired868)

Daniel alone would know what he was attempting to do near his own byline but Garcia made him pay for it, as he nicked possession before beating Akel Clarke at his near post for the opening goal.

It was Garcia’s first international goal since his double against St Vincent and the Grenadines, on his debut, on 25 March 2016.

Garcia was incisive again in the 16th minute, as his deep swerving free kick needed only a faint touch off Bateau’s midsection to double Trinidad and Tobago’s lead.

The Warriors’ third item was softer still, as Clarke treated a straightforward ball like a million dollar question on Jeopardy. The Guyana custodian was just outside his box and could have booted clear; instead, under pressure from Telfer, he tried to backpedal until he could catch the ball in his area—and failed to accomplish the most important part of that plan.

The ball rolled through his legs to give Telfer his easiest goal at this level. And, to put that into context, the Canada-based forward once played against Anguilla.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago attacker Ryan Telfer (left) runs at Martinique right back Karl Vitulin during Concacaf Nations League action at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 9 September 2019.
(Copyright Sean Morrison/Wired868)

At least Clarke kept the deficit at three with a remarkable triple save against Jones, following a penalty kick. Telfer won the decision off Bobb but Jones’ first kick was saved low to Clarke’s right, his attempted scooped finish was repelled as well while the goalie got a leg to the flanker’s follow-up.

Telfer, mind you, won a penalty against the United States in January and saw Jones’ younger brother, Alvin Jones, waste that effort. 

It is not exactly a family legacy to treasure.

There was more joy for the Garcia household, as Levi’s baby brother, 20-year-old Judah Garcia, came on in the second half—although Levi had already been substituted, so they missed their first opportunity to play together at senior international level.

Guyana never seriously looked like mounting a recovery, although they had their moments.

Photo: Guyana forward Emery Welshman (left) failed to get on the score sheet tonight as his team fell 3-0 to T&T.
(via Guyana Chronicle)

Striker Emery Welshman struck the heel of the Trinidad and Tobago upright in the 27th minute, when the deficit stood at two goals while goalkeeper Nicklas Frenderup also made two fine saves off Keanu Marsh-Brown and Bobb after errors by Bateau.

Bateau looked to have tweaked his groin in the first half and did not return after the interval.

In the second half, Máximo sent on two teenagers while the oldest of his five changes was just 21-years-old. It was hard not to interpret his substitutions as a white flag.

Perhaps sportingly, Trinidad and Tobago did not threaten again as Fenwick opted to give his entire front three a rest.

The combative English coach might feel he got more resistance from his press officer, Shaun Fuentes, than the Guyanese head coach.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago flanker Joevin Jones crosses the ball during a practice match against Police FC at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on 12 March 2021.
Jones had one assist as the Soca Warriors won 4-1.
(Copyright Daniel Prentice/Wired868)

On now to Puerto Rico, who are desperate to recover after a 1-0 loss to St Kitts and Nevis on Wednesday.

Another Trinidad and Tobago triumph and maybe Fenwick will be all smiles at press conferences again.

(Teams)

Trinidad and Tobago (4-1-2-3): 21.Nicklas Frenderup (GK); 2.Aubrey David, 12.Robert Primus, 4.Sheldon Bateau (17.Justin Garcia 46), 15.Neveal Hackshaw; 18.Michel Poon-Angeron; 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain), 19.Daniel Phillips; 11.Levi Garcia (20.Noah Powder 68), 7.Ryan Telfer (13.Brent Sam 75), 3.Joevin Jones (10.Judah Garcia 75).

Unused substitutes: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 22.Adrian Foncette (GK), 5.Leland Archer, 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 9.Willis Plaza, 14.Andre Boucaud, 16.Marcus Joseph Jr, 23.Jabari Mitchell.

Standbys: Denzil Smith (GK), Sean Bonval, Duane Muckette.

Coach: Terry Fenwick

Guyana (4-2-3-1): 22.Akel Clarke (GK); 5.Miquel Scarlett (2.Bayli Spencer-Adams 64), 15.Terence Vancooten, 3.Matthew Briggs, 23.Kadell Daniel; 8.Sam Cox (captain), 14.Daniel Wilson (12.Pernell Schultz 70); 11.Callum Harriott (9.Kelsey Benjamin 75), 7.Keanu Marsh-Brown (6.Jobe Caesar 64), 20.Trayon Bobb (17.Omari Glasgow 64); 10.Emery Welshman.

Unused substitutes: 1.Kai McKenzie-Lyle (GK), 18.Shawn Adonis (GK), 4.Jeremy Garrett, 13.Nicolai Andrews, 16.Ryan Hackett, 19.Nicholas Mc Arthur, 21.Nathan Moria-Welsh.

Coach: Márcio Máximo

2022 World Cup qualifying

Group F

(Wed 24 March)

St Kitts and Nevis 1 (Vinceroy Nelson 42), Puerto Rico 0 at Estadio Panamericano, Santo Domingo;

(Thu 25 March)

Trinidad and Tobago 3 (Levi Garcia 8, Sheldon Bateau 16, Ryan Telfer 43), Guyana 0 at Estadio Panamericano, Santo Domingo.

Photo: Trinidad and Tobago defender Sheldon Bateau celebrates after scoring against Cuba during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup at University of Phoenix Stadium on 12 July 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.
(Copyright AFP2017/Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Upcoming fixtures

(Sat 27 March)

Bahamas vs St Kitts and Nevis, 7pm/ET, Thomas Robinson Stadium, Nassau;

(Sun 28 March)

Puerto Rico vs Trinidad and Tobago, 5pm/ET, Estadio Centroamericano, Mayaguez;

(Tue 30 March)

Guyana vs Bahamas, 8pm/ET, National Track & Field Centre, Leonara.

Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read Sean Powder’s report from the Dominican Republic.

About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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3 comments

  1. Good effort altogether…. Our Goalkeeper was possibly the best player for the night. He read the game well, and countered the weakness and disorganised play that showed up time and time again in the back.
    Joevin was poor by his standards, and levi had too many wayward passes.. Poon Angereon seems to have a fitness problem, and he has to get better at that position or we would be burned severely by a better opposition. Hyland and Phillips were good in the middle, but as an ardent admirer of the Latapy game, I think we missed a player like Boucoud or Muckette.
    7 out of 10….mainly because we got the W. But also because an objective observer that understands the game would notice that we had a shape and strategies going forward and in defence.

  2. Salaah Inniss

    “The combative English coach might feel he got more resistance from his press officer, Shaun Fuentes, than the Guyanese head coach…” Cheeky Lasana

  3. Earl Best

    “…maybe Fenwick will be all smiles at press conferences again.”

    Only when Wired868 is not invited. Or when the Wired868 Editor opts to send someone else to represent the paper.

    Until then, the expendable Fuentes will continue to be in danger of being wounded by (un)friendly fire…

    …because the untouchable Fenwick is in no danger of being fired.