T&T Men suffer first Nations League Defeat

Trinidad and Tobago’s Senior men went down to their first defeat of the 2019 CONCACAF Nations League on the wrong end of a 2-0 result against Honduras at the Hasely Crawford Stadium on Thursday night.

Following two draws in its opening matches last month, T&T conceded two second half goals after failing to put away a couple half decent chances in the opening 45.

Elberth Ellis made things difficult for the hosts in the 52nd minute when he took possession down the right wing and shimmied past Daneil Cyrus near the touch line to put a low cross into the box which was met by Brayan Moya, whose first-time effort beat T&T goalkeeper Marvin Phillip. Phillip was called upon to make a couple saves earlier on.

Sheldon Bateau had T&T’s best effort in the first half when his header crashed off the upright from a Kevin Molino right side corner on 27 minutes.

Levi Garcia on the go versus Honduras. Photo: Allan V. Crane/CA-images

T&T seemed up to the task in the first half but faded after the break. Things didn’t get any easier as lively winger Levi Garcia was ejected for a second yellow card. Head Coach Dennis Lawrence introduced Akeem Garcia, Ataulla Guerra and Duane Muckette later in the half but there was nothing that could beat the Honduran defence. Midfielder Khaleem Hyland made a return from injury to lead the team as captain and he put in a decent shift in a losing effort.

Molino’s free kick got through traffic in the box but Bateau could not connect in the 79th.

Honduras capped the win with a 90th-minute goal. Elis again set things up, beating his man to get into the box but passing off to Douglas Martinez for a goal in his Honduras debut.

T&T lost defender Mekeil Williams in added on time as he received straight red card for a two-footed challenge Honduras right back Felix Crisanto.

Honduras celebrates one of their goals.

“Tonight it was disappointing for us. I thought we had a good first half. We started well and created a couple good chances but we failed to capitalise. It was a difficult evening and we now find ourselves in a position where we have to depend on the results of the other matches and also go to Honduras and get something there,” said Hyland

“It wasn’t easy in the conditions and then with a lot of rain today and heavy traffic made it difficult before the game. But we have to keep believing. It’s not a good run for us at the moment but in everything if you continue to believe in yourself, believe in God and continue to work hard to achieve then there will be a good to follow. As I said we are not enjoying the best of times but we have to keep fighting,” Hyland concluded.

T&T will travel to face Venezuela in a friendly in Caracas on Monday but without Hyland as well as US-based players Kevin Molino and Joevin Jones.

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Trinidad and Tobago: 1.Marvin Phillip (GK); 4.Sheldon Bateau,16.Alvin Jones, 5.Daneil Cyrus, 8.Khaleem Hyland (captain); 11.Levi Garcia (Red Card), 10.Kevin Molino, 7.Ryan Telfer (13.Duane Muckette 87’); 14.Daniel Carr (20.Akeem Garcia 62), 23.Leston Paul (9.Ataulla Guerra 73’), 17.Mekeil Williams (Red Card)

Subs not used : 21.Glenroy Samuel (GK), 22.Adrian Foncette (GK), 2.Aubrey David, 3.Joevin Jones, 19.Kevan George, 6.Keston Julien, 15.Neveal Hackshaw, 12.Carlyle Mitchell, 18.Aikim Andrews,

Head Coach: Dennis Lawrence

Honduras: 22.Luis Lopez (GK); 2.Félix Crisanto, 4.Henry Figueroa, 3.Maynor Figueroa (captain), 5.Éver Alvarado; 8.Carlos Pineda, 10.Alexander López (20.Jorge Álvarez 75); 17.Alberth Ellis, 12.Jonathan Toro; 13.Brayan Moya (14.Douglas Martinez 81’), 11.Bryan Róchez (16.Rigoberto Rivas 67’), Subs not used: 1.Harold Fonseca (GK), 18.Jose Zuniga (GK), 6.Bryan Acosta, 7.Emilio Izaguirre, 9.Jorge Benguche, 15.Denil Maldonado, 19.Luis Garrido, 21.Danilo Tobias, 23.Edwin Solano.

Head Coach: Fabián Coito