PORT SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago.- There was little between Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago and Martinique in their first Concacaf Nations League meeting, with the teams playing out a 1-1 draw on Friday in Group C of League A. It should be another tight affair Monday when they meet again, this time at Hasley Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.
A set-piece breakdown from Trinidad and Tobago allowed Martinique to find the opening goal, but the visitors drew level when debutant Ryan Telfer led a break to set up Sheldon Bateau in the box. Bateau was fouled, and Joevin Jones converted the resulting penalty, and the teams left with honors even.
Martinique mounted a strong push at the end of the contest, however, with Johnny Marajo hitting the post in stoppage time, so manager Mario Bocaly will hope his side starts Monday’s match with the same intensity.
Soca Warriors Head Coach Dennis Lawrence may make a few modifications to his side, with Levi Garcia coming in as a substitute and giving him something to consider. Usual Trinidad and Tobago captain Khaleem Hyland and attacker Cordell Cato are not in the squad, however, somewhat limiting the former Wrexham and Swansea City man’s options.