T&T storm back to defeat Jamaica 3-2

A double by Jaiye Sheppard and one from Justin Araujo Wilson spurred Trinidad and Tobago to a come from behind 3-2 victory over fierce Caribbean rivals Jamaica at IMG Academy in Group E action in the CONCACAF Under 17 Men’s Championship on Friday.

Trinidad and Tobago overcame an early Jamaica goal to top the Reggae Boyz 3-2 to remain unbeaten in Group E.

Cristojaye Daley had Jamaica up 1-0 in the 17’, but T&T responded with three unanswered goals with a pair from Sheppard (34’, 60’) sandwiching a Justin Araujo-Wilson (44’) score.

Jamaica did not throw in the towel though and made it a one-goal affair when Isaac Scott scored in the third minute of second half stoppage time, but the Trinidad and Tobago defense would hang on to secure the three points.

The performance brought a deserving win for the Stern John-coached outfit which secured its place in the second round knockout phase following a 3-1 win over Bermuda in its opener on Wednesday.

“I’m delighted for the boys. I spoke to them about the importance of this match and the fact that it is the biggest Caribbean derby and they went out there and demonstrated exactly how they felt about it. They followed my instructions an stuck to the plan. I think they had a bit of a score to settle as well from a previous match a couple of years ago,: John told TTFA Media.

“Now we have showed that we came here to compete because I don’t think anyone gave us a chance coming into this tournament. Now we’ve proven them wrong and I’m backing my boys to keep their heads high and continue playing good football. It’s still a far way off in terms of qualifying for Brazil but I will give them credit for pulling off two wins and showing that they are no push overs,” John added.

Listen to the Reactions from T&T head coach Stern John after the 3-2 victory over Jamaica at the CONCACAF Under 17 Men’s championship at IMG Academy on Friday – TTFA Media

T&T U-17: 1.Isaiah Williams (GK); 2.Nigel Carraby, 4.Jordon Britto, 5.Cephas St Rose, 3.Luke Savery; 6.Zachary Welch (captain) (10.Andrew De Gannes 84′), 19.Ajani Fortune, 8.Tyrese Pierre;  9.Justin Araujo-Wilson, 7.Jaiye Sheppard (17.Kevan Kahoussi 67′), 14.Jerrell Nixon (11.Jean-Heim Mc Fee 67′),

Unused substitutes: 20.Kahlil Oliver (GK), 12.Curtis De Leon, 13.Gary Griffith III, 15.Jeremy Lashley, 16.Keilon Burnett-Acevaro, 18.Isa Sayeed.

Head Coach: Stern John

Jamaica U-17: 20.Shamar Haffenden (GK); 4.Damian Jones, 5.Scott McLeod (captain), 18.Dandre Miller, 6.Kenroy Campbell, 7.Dwayne Atkinson, 10.Jamone Shepherd, 12.Cristojaye Daley, 17.Kenroy Stoddart (14.Isaac Scott 55′), 19.Tajay Grant, 16.Rajay Wright.

Unused substitutes: 1.Zemioy Nash (GK), 2.Lamonth Rochester, 3.Prince Christie, 8.Gregory Cousins, 9.Orrett Maine, 11.Revaldo Mitchell, 13.Hasani Barnes, 15.Giovanni Mittoo.

Head Coach: John Gilchrist

Mexico vs. Bermuda, Group E

A balanced effort saw Mexico power past Bermuda 5-0 to claim its second win in Group E.

Efrain Alvarez (10’) and Luis Martinez Armas (16’) gave El Tricolor a comfortable lead at halftime, before Santiago Munoz (56’), Israel Luna (82’) and Kevin Mariscal (87’) added another trio of goals to cap the decisive win.

Guyana vs. Honduras, Group G

Honduras picked up its first victory of the CU17 with a solid 3-0 victory over Guyana. Jeffry Miranda got the Catrachos going with a goal in the 14’, but it was a three-minute span in the second half that sealed things for Honduras.

In the 64’, Miguel Carrasco doubled the lead and then minutes later in the 67’ Miranda found the back of the net a second time to polish off the Golden Jaguars.

Haiti vs. El Salvador, Group G

Haiti continued its impressive CU17 with a commanding 4-1 win over El Salvador to remain the lone unbeaten team in Group G.

Fredler Christophe had Haiti up at the break thanks to his goal in the 39’. Haiti was keen for more and added another two goals in the 70’ and 72’ through Dany Jean and Maudwindo Germain, respectively.

Yet, there was no quit from the Cuscatlecos, and thoughts of a comeback were stirred when Saul Emerson pulled one back in the 78’ to make it 3-1, only for Haiti’s Michel Pierre to settle matters with a game’s final goal in the 87’.