By SHAUN FUENTES
TRINIDAD and Tobago Under-17 footballers received
another hammering in
consecutive matches at the CONCACAF Centre of Excellence, Macoya, last night.
This time it was England enjoying a 5-0 whipping against the local squad, which like
during their 6-1 thrashing to the United States the night before, appeared clueless for
most of the 90 minutes.
The Europeans fielding a side minus a few of
their regular starters, including Arsenal's
Jermaine Pennant, took some time to settle. But once they did local goalkeeper Marvin
Phillip was in for another battering.
T&T did manage a couple of attempts on
goal in the first half however. Striker
Kenwyne Jones, T&T's lone scorer against the Americans, had a right foot attempt
easily taken by goalkeeper Andrew Lonergan which brought some applause from the
few die-hard local supporters.
Jones then had T&T's best attempt of the
match, forcing Lonergan to push his powerful
shot for a corner kick. But when England went ahead through Stefan Moore in the 39th
minute, after a T&T attack broke down, the down-hill slide began.
On 62 minutes Simon Johnson squared from the
right for Moore to easily tap home
from close up.
Eight minutes later Phillips was left picking up the pieces a third time when Marvin
Brown flicked on Lionel Morgan's right side cross into the goal.
Moore netted his third item in the 74th minute
against a disorganised T&T defence.
Down 4-0 at that stage local coach Adegboybe Onigbinde surely would have hoped
for something better from his team in the remaining minutes. However, there was no
change in play.
Substitute Marvin Brown, put the visitors 5-0
ahead in the 86th minute, and just before
the end, after Moore's shot came off the left post, Den Murusad raced in to put the
rebound over the line. Fortunately for T & T referee Noel Bynoe blew for an earlier
T & T will now hope for a much improved
performance tomorrow against Mexico,
who defeated the US 1-0 in the other match last night.