RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – Trinidad & Tobago topped host Saudi Arabia 3-1 to capture third place at the 2013 OSN Cup on Monday at the King Fahd International Stadium.
An early brace from team captain Kenwyne Jones gave the Soca Warriors a dream start, while Notts County midfielder Andre Boucaud sealed the win with three minutes left in regulation.
“I’m pleased for the players because they’ve worked hard to get the result,” Stephen Hart told TTFA Media following his second victory in six games since taking over the job as head coach in June. “We played some really nice stuff early, moving the ball and penetrating well.”
The visitors went ahead in the 4th minute, when Jones received a return pass from Robert Primus on the left and clinically side-footed the ball into the right corner of the net. It was the 29-year-old’s’ second goal for Trinidad in as many games, as well as a second assist for Primus in the two OSN Cup outings.
The home team did not have time to settle before Jones doubled T&T’s advantage two minutes later. The Stoke City forward lobbed a brilliant effort over goalkeeper Abdullah Almuaiouf from 30 meters out as he sprinted to win possession of a ball played back by Yousef Alsalem.
A kick to the ankle, though, forced Jones to depart the game in the 39th minute. His replacement, Marcus Joseph, came close to increasing Trinidad’s lead, crashing a thunderous free kick off the crossbar.
Saudi Arabia pulled a goal back in the 47th minute as Naif Hazazi headed home at the far post after Yahia Alsheri swung a free kick over from the left.
After an exchange of passes with Kevin Molino and Lester Peltier, Boucaud finished off the game by burying a low left footer into the left corner of the net.
“I thought we did well as a team to grind out a result,” commented Jones. “Hopefully we can continue to build on this because we want to see the country’s football progress and we will continue to do our part on the pitch.”
In the final, the United Arab Emirates, which outlasted Trinidad 7-6 on penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw on Thursday, beat New Zealand, 2-0.
NOTES: According to FIFA records, Trinidad’s win over Saudi Arabia was its first in three all-time meetings. The sides had not met since May 9, 1998, a 2-1 win for the Saudis in Cannes, France.