The Trinidad and Tobago National Senior Team began life under new coach Dennis Lawrence with a 2-0 win over Barbados on Friday night, after a double by substitute Jamille Boatswain at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva.
The Bajan Tridents were in Port of Spain to challenge the Soca Warriors in a warm up game prior to their participation in the Windward Islands tournament in May. Coach Colin Harewood took the opportunity to look at some of his new inclusions to the squad. Barbados will play Martinique in a fortnight at the Usain Bolt Complex in another warm up match before the tournament.
The result for Trinidad & Tobago snapped a run of three successive defeats on home soil by the Soca Warriors, who lost 2-0 to Costa Rica in World Cup qualifying action last November under Stephen Hart and then suffered back-to-back losses to Suriname and Haiti in the Caribbean Cup in January.
Barbados (4-2-2-2): 22. Dario Weir (GK) (1. Kishmar Primus 75); 4. Akeene Browne, 2. Ranaldo Bailey, 3.Teriq Highland, 5.Alvin Chapman; 6.Mario Williams (14.Sheran Hoyte 75), 9.Omani Leacock (15.Raheim Sarjaent 46); 7.Haydan Holligan (13.Darico King 78), 11.Shaquille Boyce (16.Jomo Harris 46), 8.Romario Harewood (12.Armando Lashley 65), 10.Arantees Lawrence (captain).
Unused substitute: 17. Akeene Hill.
Coach: Collin Harewood
Trinidad and Tobago (4-2-3-1): 1.Marvin Phillip (GK) (captain); 2.Alvin Jones, 5.Daneil Cyrus (16.Jesus Perez 51), 4.Curtis Gonzales, 3.Tristan Hodge, 8.Jared London (12.Leston Paul 46), 6.Hughtun Hector, 11.Darren Mitchell (17.Jomoul Francois 83), 10.Hashim Arcia (15.Keron Cummings 71), 7.Sean De Silva (20.Carlos Edwards 76), 9.Jameel Perry (13.Jamille Boatswain 33 [14.Akeem Roach 62).
Unused substitutes: 21. Glenroy Samuel (GK), 18. Maurice Ford, 19.Taryk Sampson.