Offensive surge sees T&T past Nicaragua in friendly

Carlyle Mitchell (pictured) had a goal and an assist as visiting Trinidad & Tobago defeated Nicaragua in an international friendly on December 30, 2016, in Managua. (Photo courtesy of Real Esteli)

MANAGUA, Nicaragua -- Trinidad & Tobago bounced back from a one-goal deficit to defeat host Nicaragua 3-1 in the second of two-game international friendly series on Friday at the Estadio Nacional de Futbol.

After his side dropped a 2-1 decision in Tuesday’s opener, it was the first win for new T&T head coach Tom Saintfiet.

Daniel Cadena struck in a second straight game to give Nicaragua a 25th minute lead.  From the right side of the box, Jaime Moreno squared a pass for the 29-year-old forward, who turned in tight space to fire a left-footed shot from six-yards out past goalkeeper Adrian Foncette in the 25th minute.

The visitor leveled in the 37th minute, when a concentrated Cornell Glen – while falling in the right side of the box – somehow right-footed Carlyle Mitchell’s diagonal ball into the left side of the net.

Mitchell gave T&T the lead for good in the 51st minute.  Hughtun Hector floated a long-distance free kick into the penalty area, where Mitchell was well-positioned to head home from eight-yards out.

A spectacular goal punctuated the scoreline in the 74th minute.  From 19 yards, Aikim Andrews chested a Nicaraguan clearance and without hesitation, drilled a right-footed volley beyond helpless goalkeeper Diedrich Tellez.

Nicaragua is preparing for the Copa Centroamericana, while T&T is getting ready the 2016/17 Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup fifth-place playoff.  Both competitions take place next month.