Trinidad Express / Suriname blew a first half lead and were defeated 3-2 by Curacao in Group A of the 2014 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Men’s Under-20 Championship, yesterday, at Hasely Crawford Stadium. Suriname were hoping for a Trinidad and Tobago victory over Cuba to take them through to the semi-finals.
Both Curacao and Suriname ended with three points, with the latter having a better goal average. A Trinidad and Tobago (six points) defeat of Cuba (three points) in the later game would still get Suriname to the semis as the group’s second-placed team. Suriname would not have been pleased with news that T&T head-coach Derek King opted to rest key players Kadeem Corbin and vice-captain Neveal Hackshaw, while giving defender Josiah Trimmingham and Nicholas Dillon a first run in the competition. Substitute goalie Javon Sample was the lone T&T player in King’s 20-man squad who has yet to see action. Yesterday, the Surinamese were in excellent position to advance automatically when leading Curacao 2-1 at the end of the first half, but the smaller of the Dutch-speaking teams wilted on the sodden turf of the Hasely Crawford pitch. Suriname twice led through strike partners Ricardo Fauber and Giovanni Asoma. But a pair of Isiah Marselia goals brought Curacao level early in the second half. Jersylee Riley then put Curacao ahead for the first time in the 79th, and Marselia could even afford to shoot wide of an open goal after forcing his way past Suriname keeper Chaquille Wilstermann. There was an easy opening goal for Suriname striker Ricardo Fauber, who has now scored in every game– against Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba and Suriname. Fauber had a simple tap in when found absolutely isolated a few yards out by Asoma’s pass in the 13th minute. But, Curacao was level at 1-1 in the 23rd minute, when Marselia met a ball across the box and slide the ball past the keeper. Neither team took any prisoners, and Suriname led again at 2-1 in the 26th minute through Asoma, who found the inside of the far side-netting when trying to find Fauber a second. Both of Marselia’s goals were forced in from close up, but Riley’s was a low bullet from inside the penalty area. Beaten and mentally defeated, Suriname saw Roxey Fer sent off in injury time– the second consecutive match they lost a captain to a red card. Previous Article McIlroy wins Player of the Year award
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