Trinidad and Tobago pull back a win
Published on 09 June 2021
Kahleem Hyland (#8) and Justin Garcia (#17) lead the Trinidad & Tobago men’s national team on to the field against St. Kitts & Nevis in their final match of round one in the Concacaf Qualifiers to the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. (Photo by TTFA media)
SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (June 8, 2021)—With St. Kitts and Nevis going into this match with an unassailable lead and having booked their passage to Round 2 of World Cup Qualifiers, for Trinidad and Tobago, Wednesday’s Group F encounter was a change to redeem themselves.
Trinidad and Tobago dominated the first half of the match, knocking the ball around and using skill and speed to create numerous opportunities; but the St. Kitts and Nevis custodian Clifford Samuel also made a few saves.
The men in red took the lead in the 36th minute of play when Duane Muckette hit a long-range shot pass the leaping goalkeeper to hit the back of the net. Things heated up towards the end of the half but neither team was able to score.
Both teams came out running at the start of the second half. In the zeal of the game, a penalty was called, but after deliberation with the linesman and fourth official, the call was overturned.
Trinidad and Tobago extended their lead in the 74th minute with a goal from Khaleem Hyland who received a quarter pass from Levi Garcia and tapped it past the St. Kitts and Nevis custodian.
Another opportunity came for the Trinbagonians, but it was not capitalized upon, and the game ended with a 2-0 win over the advancing St. Kitts and Nevis.