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TT Under-20′ poised in CONCACAF Championship in Jamaica

by | Jan 12, 2015

concacaf-mens-u20-champioship_2015Jabari Mitchell scored twice and Trinidad & Tobago captured its first win of the CONCACAF Under-20 Championship, defeating 10-man Aruba 5-1 yesterday at the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica.

With the victory, the young Soca Warriors took temporary possession of first place in Group A with four points from two games, their previous game played Friday against hosts Jamaica ending in a 2-all draw.

Panama later yesterday became sole leader of TT’s six-team Group A as the Panamanians who beat Aruba 4-nil in their opening match on Friday won again yesterday, upsetting the United States on a 1-nil win.

Guatemala who themselves played to a 1-1 draw with the United States on Friday joined Trinidad and Tobago in second-place on the Group A table – both with four points – after defeating Jamaica 1-nil also yesterday.

Trinidad and Tobago play Guatemala on Wednesday when Panama will face Jamaica and the United States confront Aruba.

Twelve national teams are competing in the championship that will qualify four for their age-group World Cup finals to take place in New Zealand in May-June this year,

Similar to its 2-2 draw with the Jamaicans in Friday’s opener, Trinidad and Tobago jumped out to an early lead yesterday.

Mitchell struck for his and the match’s first goal in the third minute.

Trinidad and Tobago doubled their advantage in the 16th minute thanks to a well-worked set piece finished off by Akeem Andrews who also scored in Friday’s opening match against Jamaica.

Aruba conceded a penalty kick and was reduced to 10 men before 30 minutes elapsed as Joel Geerman was issued a straight red card for taking down Andrews in the box from behind.  Kadeem Corbin converted the subsequent kick from the spot in the 29th minute to make it 3-0.

Looking to exceed Panama’s 4-0 win over Aruba on Friday, Trinidad continued to attack after the break.

In the 57th minute, Duane Muckette increased the Caribbean champion’s lead, scoring from some 30-yards out and Mitchell made TT’s five converting a second penalty in the 77th minute as Garcia was tripped in the left side of the box by David Dubero.

Duncan Homoet made history in the third minute of second-half stoppage time, scoring Aruba’s first-ever CONCACAF Under-20 Championship goal.

 

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