Ataullah Guerra

STILL GOT THE TOUCH: Ataullah Guerra (centre).

VETERAN striker Ataullah Guerra scored a first-half brace as Terminix La Horquetta Rangers, the Trinidad and Tobago professional football club, opened its pre-season Caribbean tour with a 2-0 win over the St Lucia national team, on Tuesday night in Grenada.

The series will see Rangers meeting St Lucia and Grenada twice on March 10 & 12, before moving to St Vincent & the Grenadines where they meet that national team on March 15 & 18. While abroad, Rangers will miss the opening two rounds of the new Trinidad and Tobago Premier League which begins tomorrow.

Coached by former T&T standout Stern John, St Lucia had a lot of passive possession, but were unable to break down Rangers, who defended behind the ball, only breaking forward quickly on the counter when they had the ball.

Now 35, Guerra shows that he has lost none of the sharp finishing which once saw him finish among the top goal-scorers in the 2018 season of the USA’s second flight (USL) with 15 goals for the Charleston Battery. When the ball came to Guerra, he gave an exhibition to his rival St Lucian strikers how it should be done.

Rangers captain Jamal Creighton won the ball in midfield, found dribbler Real Gill, who penetrated and passed inside to Guerra, who put a low shot to the corner for 1-0 in the 13th minute. Gill had a very influential first half, creating chances for Tyronne Charles, who once struck straight at the St Lucian goalkeeper and also had a first-half goal disallowed.

Gill was also involved in Guerra’s second item, delivering a corner, which was contested by right midfielder Isaiah Lee, before dropping to Guerra, who banged the ball in off the underside of the crossbar, four minutes into first half added-on time.

John, also a former English Premiership striker, got better effort from his St Lucian outfit, resulting in them having a couple of half chances, none of which were good enough to beat Rangers custodian Jabari St Hillaire.

Rangers attacked much less than in the first half, concentrating on managing their defensive shape.


BY half-time, Trinidad and Tobago’s senior men’s football head-coach Angus Eve must have already been thinking of Monday’s showdown with Nicaragua in Tobago. Against Bahamas yesterday, it was essentially over after 45 minutes.

Mind you, they played well, but the Bahamians provided just token competition when going down 3-0 to the Soca Warriors in a Group C CONCACAF Nations League B match, at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium, in Nassau, Bahamas.

THE match which was expected to be the highlight of the entire tournament did not take place when the Steve Thomas International Tennis Federation (ITF) Masters Tournament served off yesterday at National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.

Keagan Simmons and Cephas Cooper both slammed centuries for their respective clubs on the first day on the final round of matches in the National League Premiership 1 competition.

Simmons, who was dropped from the Trinidad and Tobago Red Force team for the ongoing four-day game against the Barbados Pride, returned to his club team Central Sports and slammed 108 off 154 balls as they posted 235 for seven at stumps against Clarke Road United at Wilson Road in Penal.

TRINIDAD and Tobago advanced to the men’s team quarterfinals of the Caribbean Table Tennis Championship yesterday in Guyana.

After being swept 3-0 by Dominican Republic the night before, this country’s trio whipped St Lucia 3-1 to finish second in Group 3.

The Trinidad and Tobago Red Force took the lead against the Barbados Pride on the penultimate day of their West Indies Four-Day Championship match at the Queen’s Park Oval, in Port of Spain, yesterday.

But the visitors still hold the upper hand, requiring just another 66 runs with eight wickets in hand, to seal victory, on the final day of the fourth round fixture today.

Kofi James of the Leeward Islands Hurricanes and recent West Indies recruit Alick Athanaze of the Windward Islands Volcanoes both got centuries as their sides engaged in a high-scoring West Indies Four-Day Championship contest at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Tarouba, yesterday.