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Two goals in stoppage time led to a 4-4 draw between Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday night in their final group match at the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Tied 3-3 through regulation, Mexico pulled ahead on an own goal by Trinidad and Tobago defender Cordell Cato in the first minute of extra play.

With less than a minute left, Trinidad and Tobago's Yohance Marshall headed in a corner kick to tie the match.

"We had a plan for the corner kicks, but I picked up the flight of the ball late," said Marshall, who did not play in the first two Gold Cup games. "But I wound up in the right place. We got a good result.

"I've never gone through a final five minutes like that with the national team; with my club teams and school teams, yes. The emotions are high — they go up, they go down. You can be disappointed, but at the end, we were elated. We could have lost, but we could have easily won also."

Trinidad and Tobago (2-0-1, 7 points) took Group C's top seed into the quarterfinals, and will face Panama on Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J.

"It was a good game for spectators — not my heart," said Trinidad and Tobago coach Stephen Hart, whose team is making its best Gold Cup run since reaching the semifinals in 2000.

"We had an objective to get to the quarterfinals. We wanted to win the first game and get the result from Cuba (a 2-0 win on July 12), and not have to play Mexico to get to the quarterfinals."

Mexico (1-0-2, 5 points) will play Costa Rica in the second quarterfinal game Sunday.

"We didn't do what we were doing before, especially in the second half," Mexico coach Miguel Herrera said through an interpreter. "There were a lot of mistakes. We committed a lot of mistakes in the second half."


Mexico, which has won six Gold Cup titles, took a 1-0 halftime lead on Paul Aguilar's goal in the 32nd minute, and pulled ahead 2-0 on Carlos Vega's shot off the left post in the 51st minute.

"We didn't manage the game well . but we were doing it in the first half," Herrera said. "After the second goal, we stopped playing. We made careless mistakes."


Trinidad and Tobago's Keron Cummings and Kenwyne Jones scored in a 3-minute span to tie the match in the 58th minute. Cummings' second goal, in the 67th minute, put Trinidad and Tobago ahead 3-2.

"The players, we believe in one another," said Cummings, who was making his first start in the Gold Cup. "We knew we can come back. Once we dug deep, we came back."
Mexico made it 3-3 on Andres Guardado's 25-yarder in the 88th minute.

"The last goal, it was a ball in the corner," Herrera said. "If you just take the ball to the corner, the clock probably runs out. But it was a little bit of bad luck because the ball could have gone anywhere."

 

Sport Minister Brent Sancho says like everyone else he was disappointed with the results of Sunday’s Gold Cup quarterfinal between Trinidad and Tobago and Panama.

Bianchi would have been at Ferrari

Jules Bianchi would have replaced Kimi Raikkonen at Ferrari, says the team's former president Luca Di Montezemolo.
 
The Frenchman died on Saturday from head injuries sustained in a crash at last October's Japanese Grand Prix.
 
Motorsport governing body the FIA is retiring car number 17, which Bianchi carried last year, in his honour.

T&T Red Steel jump to second

The Appleton Estate Jamaica Tallawahs qualified for the knockout stages of the Hero Caribbean Premier League despite defeat to the Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel at the Queen’s Park Oval. A doughty 61 from Jacques Kallis and three important wickets from Samuel Badree set up the win for the home team, as the Tallawahs kept up with the required rate for most of their innings but they could not keep wickets in hand in the face of some excellent spin bowling from the Red Steel.

The Red Steel once again began in steady but unspectacular fashion as their leading run-scorer, Jacques Kallis, put together a vital innings at the top of the order. The only wicket to fall inside the first ten overs was that of William Perkins. He was adjudged LBW to Jerome Taylor when he was on five from 10 balls. The batsman was unlucky to go as the replay suggested that the ball would have missed the stumps.

Kallis was joined by the experienced Kamran Akmal, but the Pakistani wicket-keeper struggled to get going in the face of some probing bowling from the Tallawahs in the first half of the innings. He had made 14 off 20 deliveries when he was brilliantly run out by Mahela Jayawardene who returned to the side having been left out for the last game.

The departure of Akmal saw the arrival of Darren Bravo to the crease and there was a sense of expectation from a packed Queen’s Park Oval following the left-hander’s match winning exploits in his last two games. Unfortunately for the Trini-posse he could not produce another telling innings, dismissed for five when he spooned a catch to mid-off from a leading edge.

Kallis went on to record his first Hero CPL half century, getting to the landmark off 44 balls. The one chance that he gave during his innings was when he hit the ball high in the air off Taylor but a mix up between Andre Russell and Chris Gayle meant it landed safe. He made it to 61 as he carried his bat and anchored the Red Steel effort.

Dwayne Bravo was the man that did the most damage at the back end of the Red Steel innings as the captain made his way to 49 including three Hero Maximums. Bravo should have been dismissed when he was on 37 when Gayle dropped a very simple chance in the covers.

The Tallawahs did not need to win this game to make it through to the knockout stages, as long as they got to 96 they would maintain their superior net run rate over the St Lucia Zouks. It was clear that the skipper was not interested in sneaking over the line as Gayle took 26 runs from the first over from Samuel Badree.

Gayle could not make the most of that lightening start, falling to the bowling of Dwayne Bravo who extended his lead at the top of the Hero CPL wicket taking charts. The Tallawahs managed to keep up the rate once their captain departed, but they were losing wickets. First Jayawardene edged to slip off Sulieman Benn, then Chadwick Walton chipped a catch back to the same bowler.  

Having gone for 26 runs in his first over Samuel Badree came back brilliantly. He claimed three wickets for nine runs in the space of 18 balls in his second spell. He dismissed Jermaine Blackwood, Daniel Vettori and Chris Lynn and would have claimed the wicket of Krishmar Santokie but for a drop from Kevon Cooper.

The Tallawahs got past the 96 run total that guaranteed progression but they could not claim victory. Some brilliant late order hitting from Andre Russell gave the visitors some hope, but he could not see his side to victory.

This defeat means the Tallawahs will finish fourth in the table and will face either this same opposition or the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the first semi-final on Thursday.

If the Red Steel win their last group game against the Amazon Warriors they will finish top of the table and qualify automatically for the final. If they lose they will finish in second or third depending on net run rate.

Whatever happens, the final four has been set – Barbados Tridents, Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel, Guyana Amazon Warriors and Jamaica Tallawahs will be in the knock out stages. 

The Trinidad and Tobago Women's Cricket Association announces its team for the West Indies Cricket Board’s (WICB) Senior Women’s tournament which will take place in Trinidad,August 03 to 17, 2015

The team:

  1. Merissa Aguilleira (Captain)
  2. Anisa Mohammed (Vice captain)
  3. Felicia Walters
  4. Amanda Samaroo
  5. Britney Cooper
  6. Shenelle Lord
  7. Stacy Ann King
  8. Reniece Boyce
  9. Kirbyina Alexander
  10. Lee Ann Kirby
  11. Karishma Ramharack
  12. Stephanie Ramcharan
  13. Alisa Mohammed
  14. Samantha Bissoon

Officials:

        Marjorie Thomas (Manager)

 Gerald Garcia (Coach)

 Wayne Samuel (Trainer)

Returning to the team are Merissa Aguilleira, Alisa Mohammed, and Felicia Walters who were out on account of injury last year. Reneice Boyce, an opening batter and wicket keeper, is making her début. She is also the captain of the Under 19 team.  

Soca Warriors out of Gold Cup

To be Defeated, But Not Give In, is Victory! What this Trinidad and Tobago Senior Men’s Team has achieved during the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup is just that!

Skipper Kenwyne Jones and his teammates had a bitter sweet ending to their tournament but deserved to be saluted for their efforts during the confederation’s premier event for which the curtains came down on the “Soca Warriors” as they went down 6-5 on penalty kicks after 90 minutes plus thirty minutes of grueling football at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Sunday evening.


The result meant T&T did not secure qualification to the semi-finals with the team of 2000 with the likes of Dwight Yorke, Russell Latapy, David Nakhid andArnold Dwarika, being the last to achieve that.

Playing before a significant amount of support for the Red,White and Black in the stands, more than any previous game this year, T&T battled it out with their Central American opponents but it came down to one penalty to keep them alive and Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo tipped  Lester Peltier’s kick onto the cross bar to send T&T packing.

Prior to that,  Roman Torres skied the first kick over for Panama and Ataulla Guerra clinically converted his attempt to put T&T 1-0 ahead.

Goalkeeper Marvin Phillip would then come up big to push away  Erick Davis’s attempt.

Radanfah Abu Bakr, Kenwyne Jones and Mekeil Williams all converted but Sheldon Bateau and Joevin Jones had missed T&T’s second and third attempt to leave the teams locked at 4-4  and into sudden death.

Phillip denied Alberto Quintero leaving T&T sniffing a win once Daneil Cyrus could convert. Cyrus was stopped on his way up as Honduran referee Hector Rodriguez thought the defender had already kicked.  And a few moments later, Panama were back in the contest as Cyrus blasted his attempt over bar.

Andre Boucaud would be T&T’s last converter as Blas Perez and Valentin Pimentel scored to put the pressure on Peltier. Panama were the ones left celebrating as the second half substitute saw his effort push onto the woodwork by Penedo.

It was the third time T&T lost out on penalties, first going down to United Arab Emirates  at the OSN Cup in 2013 and then to Jamaica in the 2014 Caribbean Cup final.

During the match, T&T had the better start of the two teams and the first good look at goal when Jones’ strong header went inches over from a Cyrus long throw in minute 25.

A defensive mishap then led to Panama’s opening goal when Abu Bakr’s partial clearance to a right side ball resulted in Bateau’s attempt ricocheting  onto Luis Tejada’s path and he made no mistake with the gift, hitting low past a stranded Phillip.

Just before the break Jones stepped up again but just couldn’t find the target. A nice, searching ball from the right by Cyrus saw the Cardiff City man head goalwards only to see the ball flash wide of the upright with Keron  Cummings and Jones (J) rushing in behind him.

There were two cooling breaks during regulation time due to the extreme humid conditions. And T&T, which had two days less to prepare for the game than Panama who completed its Group phase before T&T, seemed to have tired as the game progressed.

But not before they would put Panama under pressure.

Jones ran in to neatly direct his header into the net from a Khaleem Hyland left side free kick and T&T were level on 54 minutes. It was his second goal of the tournament and his fourth in Gold Cup history.

Perez went close to Panama in the dying stages and fortunately for T&T, his effort went wide. Boucaud and Jones (J) would have further long range efforts for T&T but neither team had any spark in them as the game played out in extra time.

Hart later commended his players for the effort but felt fatigue was a factor in their performance on the evening.

“I think at the end of the day the two days extra rest for Panama showed. We were completely exhausted. But I have to give credit to my players. They gave me everything. I extracted every drop of juice out of that orange. But Penalties are a cruel way to decide a game but it’s how the game ends,” Hart told TTFA Media.

“I think fatigue was a big factor. We could not get up and down the field as a unit like we did against Mexico and as the game went further and further forward we just couldn’t keep possession of the ball. We ran out of legs,” Hart added, saying it was different kicking penalties in practice in front of no one as to doing it in front of thousands.

“Yesterday nobody missed (in practice) and today we had three chances to take it and we missed.”

“A lot of what we have to work on comes with experience and playing matches. A tournament like this would have done a lot for our young players and hopefully with the right preparation, we can continue to grow and improve as a team,” Hart added.


Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Marvin Phillip (GK), 5.Daneil Cyrus, 6.Radanfah Abu Bakr, 4.Sheldon Bateau, 17.Mekeil Williams; 8.Khaleem Hyland (11.Ataulla Guerra, 91’), 19.Kevan George; 13.Cordell Cato (23.Lester Peltier, 65’), 20.Keron Cummings (14.Andre Boucaud ,80’), 3.Joevin Jones; 9.Kenwyne Jones.
Unused Subs: 22.Adrian Foncette , 2.Aubrey David, 7.Jonathan Glenn, 10.Willis Plaza, 12.Kadeem Corbin, 15.Dwane James, 16.Rundell Winchester, 18.Yohance Marshall. Injured out – Jan Michael Williams
Head Coach: Stephen Hart

Panama 1.Jaime Penedo (GK); 6.Gabriel Gomez (13.Adolfo Machado 45), 5.Roman Torres (captain), 3.Harold Cummings, 15.Erick Davis; 2.Valentin Pimentel, 14.Miguel Camargo (22.Abdiel Arroyo,90’); 11.Armando Cooper, 19.Alberto Quintero; 7.Blas Perez, 10.Luis Tejada (8.Gabriel Torres, 82’).
Unused Subs 12.Luis Mejia (GK), 21.Jose Calderon (GK), 4.Alfredo Stephens, 9.Roberto Nurse, 16.Rolando Blackburn, 17.Luis Henriquez, 18.Darwin Pinzon, 23.Angel Patrick,

Jones proud of Soca Warriors effort

Trinidad and Tobago's senior footballers can hold their heads high as they look ahead to their major future assignments following their creditable showing at the 2015 Concacaf Gold Cup in the United States.

This was the general feeling as the squad departed New Jersey in different batches for Port of Spain and other overseas destinations on Monday. Fourteen members of the squad were scheduled to arrive at Piarco International Airport at 9pm.

Aside from the strong showing which won the "Soca Warriors" several rave reviews in the international press, there was more reason to look ahead eagerly as Concacaf confirmed on Monday that there was a strong liklihood T&T could move on to the 2016 Copa America which will include the best nations from South America and Concacaf. The confederation will announce shortly  a playoff schedule which will pit T&T against Haiti as with two Copa spots up for grabs from this Gold which would include the eventual champion, already three of the four teams have qualified for the Copa. Those teams already through are Mexico, USA, Jamaica (having won the Caribbean Cup) and Costa Rica. 

Skipper Kenwyne Jones, though disappointed with T&T's exit, said there was every reason for a feeling for optimism going forward.

"It's an ironic feeling really because we lost on penalties in the Caribbean Cup and tonight I thought we had this one but it wasn't to be. But i think we have a lot to take from this as a team going forward," Jones told TTFA Media.

"I want to thank the staff and the players for every bit of effort during this tournament. We got closer with every day, every session and every match that passed and this augers very well for us going into the World Cup qualification.

"My hope and the hope of everyone in the team is that we can get the right preparations for the future. All along we have been  told that we needed to perform and hopefully we would have done something now to warrant the kind of support that we deserve. If not, then we would be going back to square one and that is what makes the difference with the other countries moving ahead of us," Jones said.

Trinidad and Tobago defender Daneil Cyrus apologised to his teammates and the country for missing the penalty that would have pushed his team through to the semi finals. 

After Marvin Philips made a vital save to put T&T in the driver's seat, Cyrus blasted over par to bring Panama back into it.

"I am sorry. I want to apologise to the nation and my team for that miss," Cyrus told TTFA Media.

"I hope we made the country proud and that they can now support us when the next campaign starts for us. This whole experience was a really good one for us. It brought us closer as a team and it made us believe more in our ability. It took a lot out of us but we have a lot to take from it. The entire team gave a lot of effort and was dedicated throughout. We would have liked to go all the way but we still can hold ourselves up and move on from here, "Cyrus ended.

SOCA WARRIORS captain Kenwyne Jones is urging the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) and current Sport Minister Brent Sancho to end hostilities in the interest of football.
 
Sancho has called for more transparency in the financial affairs of the TTFA, while the football body accused the Minister of Sport of victimisation.
 
Jones hinted that once again the team is affected, with the players reported not to have been paid tournament match fees, while the TTFA awaits funding from the Ministry.
 
The Soca Warriors exited the Gold Cup on Sunday after a 6-5 penalty shootout loss to Panama, after a 1-1 draw.
 
Panama will play Mexico in the semi-finals on Wednesday at 9pm, while Caribbean neighbours Jamaica will play the USA in the first semi-final at 6pm.
The Trinidad and Tobago Red Steel can vault into the finals of the Caribbean Premier League if they beat the Guyana Amazon Warriors at Providence, Guyana on Tuesday.
 
The Red Steel romped into second place and the semi-finals with victory over the Jamaica Tallawahs on Sunday at the Queen's Park Oval.
 
Victory over the Amazon Warriors will give the Red Steel 13 points and a guaranteed place in the finals over current leaders Barbados Tridents.
 
However, victory for the Amazon Warriors could see them take over second place and push the Red Steel into the first semi-final on Thursday at the Queen's Park Oval.
 
The T&T Red Steel will take on the Amazon Warriors from 6pm  at the Providence Stadium, Guyana.
 
The first semi-final is set for Thursday, with the winner taking on the second-placed team on Saturday.
 
The finals of the Caribbean Premier League is set for Sunday at the Queen's Park Oval.
 
 
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