• Friday Dec 10, 2004

    Trinidad & Tobago progress to 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round

    Trinidad & Tobago progressed to the 2005 CONCACAF Under-20 Final Round Qualification after eliminating Cuba 6:5 on aggregate in the Second Round Caribbean Zone Series 1.

    After winning the first-leg 3:2 at the Estadio Pedro Marrero in La Habana on 26 November 2004, the soca warriors battled the visiting cubanos to a 3:3 tie in the second-leg at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium in Marabella on 10 December.

    Hayden Tinto opened the scoring for Trinidad & Tobago in the second-leg at the seventh minute, but Cuba took a 2:1 lead after goals from Yordani Alvarez and Mario Gil in the 16th and 39th minutes, respectively.

    Soca warrior's Karlson Murray leveled the match (2:2) with a goal in the 69th minute of the second half and Atulla Guerra gave them the lead 3:2 with a goal in the 79th minute.

    Ariel Martinez scored the equaliser for the cubanos six minutes later for the 3:3 final score.

    Trinidad & Tobago progress to Group A of the 2005 CONCACAF U-20 Final Round Qualification along with Costa Rica, Panama and the host USA.

    2005 CONCACAF UNDER-20 QUALIFYING
    CARIBBEAN ZONE

    Second Round
    Series 1
    10.12.2004: Marabella, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO; Mannie Ramjohn Stadium
    TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - CUBA 3:3 (1:2)
    Hayden TINTO 7'; Karlson MURRAY 69'; Atulla GUERRA 79' - Yordani ALVAREZ 16'; Mario GIL 39'; Ariel MARTINEZ 85'
    TRI: Hasely Holder - Sean Bateau (60: Kezi Lara), Radhanfah Abu Bakr, Marcelle Francis, Karlon Murray, Joel James, Shane Calderon, Kendall Jadeosingh (57: Atulla Guerra), Christopher Sam (46: Kordel Samuel), Hayden Tinto, Keon Daniel. Booked: none
    TD: Anton CORNEAL
    CUB: Yunaikel Zayas - Erlys Garcia, Yenier Bermudez, Yasniel Valdez, Francisco Carrazana, Enrique Villaurrutia, Osvaldo Alonso (66: Adonis Ramos), Yordani Alvarez, Leonel Duarte, Mario Gil (82: Yaisel Pachon), Loanny Cartaya (73: Ariel Martinez). Booked: Bermudez 9', Villaurrutia 89'
    TD: Clemente HERNANDEZ
    R: Ibrahim BROHIM (DMA)
    Trinidad & Tobago wins 6:5 on aggregate

    FINAL ROUND*
    Group A - Carson, California USA; Home Depot Center
    12.01.2005: COSTA RICA - PANAMA (17:30); USA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (20:00)
    14.01.2005: TRINIDAD & TOBAGO - COSTA RICA (17:30); USA - PANAMA (20:00)
    16.01.2005: PANAMA - TRINIDAD & TOBAGO (12:00); USA - COSTA RICA (14:30)

    Group B - San Pedro Sula, HONDURAS; Estadio Francisco Morazan
    26.01.2005: MEXICO - CANADA (17:30); HONDURAS - JAMAICA (20:00)
    28.01.2005: JAMAICA - MEXICO (17:30); HONDURAS - CANADA (20:00)
    30.01.2005: CANADA - JAMAICA (15:30); HONDURAS - MEXICO (18:00)

    * Top two teams from each group qualify to 2005 FIFA World Youth Championship in the Netherlands from 10 June - 2 July.

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