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Kevin Molino (#10) scored one goal in host Trinidad & Tobago's World Cup Qualifying win over St. Vincent & the Grenadines on March 29, 2016, in Port of Spain. (Photo: Caribbean Action Images)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad & Tobago – Trinidad & Tobago (3W-1D-0L, 10 points) registered the largest win of any team in CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup with a 6-0 triumph over visiting St. Vincent & the Grenadines (0-0-4, 0) in a fourth-round encounter on Tuesday at Hasely Crawford Stadium.

The Soca Warriors remain atop the Group C table, three points ahead of the United States (2-1-1, 7), which beat Guatemala (2-0-2, 6). St. Vincent was officially eliminated from contention.  T&T will host the Guatemalans when WCQ play resumes on September 2, needing only a draw to secure a final-round berth.

Despite the scoreline disparity, Trinidad netted only once in the first half as Sheldon Bateau knocked in the rebound of a Joevin Jones attempt that was initially saved by goalkeeper Lemus Christopher.

Jones doubled the advantage four minutes following the break, running at the visitor’s defense, before finding the back of the net with a low, left-footed shot.

Another Jones – captain and forward Kenwyne – made it 3-0 on the hour mark, when he tapped in a Khaleem Hyland feed from the right.

Kenwyne Jones turned provider seven minutes later, setting up Kevin Molino for his first goal since recovering a long-term ACL injury.  The Orlando City SC standout received a pass and held off his defender, before beating Lemus.

Within 18 minutes of entering the match, Trevin Caesar notched the last two goals.  In the 86th, he finished inside the left post off a Sean De Silva assist and then sent the crowd of 13,193 home happy with a tally in the final minute of normal time.

SVG has conceded 19 goals in four, fourth-round outings, while 10 of T&T’s 11 goals during this stage have been scored in the second half.

 
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