The Trinidad and Tobago men’s senior national football team finally broke their winless run, albeit in a friendly international against Anguilla at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, last night.
After 2-0 defeats against Venezuela, Honduras and Mexico last month, T&T needed some inspiration and Marcus Joseph’s ‘nap hand’ (five goals) provided just that as the hosts got a much-needed confidence boosting 15-0 victory ahead of their next friendly on Thursday against Ecuador.
The clash against Ecuador will be T&T’s final official warm-up ahead of a crucial CONCACAF Nations League match against Honduras away from home next Sunday. T&T have two points from two matches in the Nations League after being held to ties home and away to Martinique, before losing to Honduras at home.
Before yesterday’s win, T&T had gone 14 games without victory. T&T have never lost to Anguilla and prior to yesterday’s thrashing, they defeated their Caribbean neighbours 10-0 in the 2012 Caribbean Cup it St Kitts. Yesterday, the Soca Warriors stamped their authority on the game from the start, creating opportunities before Ryan Telfer eventually opened the scoring for the hosts in the tenth minute.
The next four minutes saw Marcus Joseph and Ataulla Guerra getting their names on the scoresheet, making it 3-0 after just 14 minutes in.
Nathan Lewis added the fourth item for the home team in the 20th and a minute later Telfer got his second as T&T continued to walk into the opposition’s goal without much resistance, taking the score to 5-0.
Joseph went on to score three more goals before the break while Lewis and Guerra both scored again before the half-time whistle as the hosts took a 10-0 lead into the interval. Lewis continued to run riot in the second period, notching his fifth, before being subbed for Kevon Goddard in the 53rd minute.
Substitute Darius Lewis and Aaron Lester also got their names on the scoresheet during the second half as the hosts reached 14-0 with ten minutes left in the match. But T&T still had one more left in them as Jomal Williams sealed the shutout, completing his brace a minute before the final whistle.