Game Report: Trinidad and Tobago vs Jamaica

T&T stops Reggae Boyz

TRINIDAD and Tobago yesterday shot to top of Group A after a come-from-behind 2-1 win over arch-rivals Jamaica in the feature match of a CONCACAF Copa Caribe Championship double-header at Hasely Crawford Stadium, Mucurapo.

The victory, which avenged T&T's recent 1-0 World Cup loss to the Reggae Boyz, gave the home team a maximum six points from two games. The Jamaicans fell to joint second with Martinique, which won yesterday's opening game 3-1 against Barbados, both teams on three points.

Joe Public duo Angus Eve and Brent Rahim accounted for both T&T goals in the second half after Wolde Harris had given the Jamaican's a 16th minute lead.

Rahim pounced on a loose ball in the 71st minute before beating keeper Donovan Rickets from close range after United States-based defender Ansil Elcock's floated cross, following an overlapping run, caused havoc in the penalty area. Minutes before this, Eve had given T&T a lifeline when he levelled the scores in the 64th minute.

Lurking inside the penalty area after a long ball forward from T&T goalie Clayton Ince caused some havoc among the Jamaican defenders, Eve put a well-placed right-footer to the left of Ricketts. Rahim, who also scored in T&T's 5-0 rout of Barbados on Tuesday, then sealed the issue.

T&T played the game with assistant coach Zoran Vranes at the helm as coach Ian Porterfield was restricted to the stands while serving a one-match suspension, having been ejected from the opener against Barbados.

Yesterday's results:

T&T 2 (Angus Eve 64th, Brent Rahim 71st) v Jamaica 1 (Wolde Harris 16th) Martinique 3 (Rodolfin Rano 23rd, 59th, Laurence Lagrand 80th) v Barbados 1 (Llewellyn Riley 30th pen.)
Meanwhile, at total of 16 goals, including two beavertricks, were scored on day two of the tournament Wednesday night at Dr Joćo Havelange Centre of Excellence, Macoya.