The trinidad Guardian / Jordan Vieira scored a beaver-trick to lead T&T ‘Calypso Stickmen’ to another come-from-behind victory, 13-2 against Mexico for a fourth straight win at the Indoor Pan American Cup Men’s Tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in Georgetown, Guyana, yesterday.
Bottom of the table Mexico, without a point after three matches, stunned unbeaten T&T by taking a second minute lead through Luis Solorzano, however it was all one-way traffic after that as T&T then scored six goals without reply to lead 6-1 at half-time.
First, Mickell Pierre tied up the score at 1-1 for T&T in the third minute followed by items from captain Solomon Eccles (fifth), Aidan De Gannes (ninth), Vieira (tenth), and a double from Australian-based Akim Toussaint.
Two minutes into the second-half, Vieira got his second to extend T&T’s advantage to 7-1quickly followed by Pierre’s second in the 24th before Luis Aguilar, netted Mexico’s second in the 27th minute for the North Americans to trail 8-2.
With assistant coach Darren Cowie belting out instructions to go for more goals in the absence of head coach Raphael Govia, who returned home on Wednesday morning due to family reasons, the ‘Calypso Stickmen’ piled on the pressure with Marcus James making it 9-2 in the 28th before Vieira added items in the 29th and 32nd minutes to complete his beaver-trick and an 11-2 cushion.
Toussaint then completed in the 33rd minute, and De Gannes grabbed another in the 37th as T&T completed the resounding win to move to maximum 12 points from four matches and a healthy goal-difference of plus-24 ahead of its final round-robin clash with defending champions, Canada from 3.45pm today, with a win or draw securing a spot in tomorrow’s final from 7pm at stake.
In yesterday’s other matches, Guyana and Canada, both with six points from three matches faced off while Argentina, also with six points tackled Barbados.
On Wednesday night, Guyana stayed in contention for a top three finish with a 12-0 mauling of Mexico, while Argentina toppled Canada 5-3 to move into a three-way tie for second.
Today, Barbados and Mexico meet from 5pm followed by Argentina and Guyana to conclude the six-team round-robin series, at the end of which, the top two teams will contest the final on Saturday, from which the winner will qualify to the Indoor World Cup in Berlin, Germany, next February.
Krizia Layne and Blair Wynne scored two goals each to lead T&T ‘Calypso Stickwomen’ to a first win in five matches, 6-3 over host Guyana at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall, in Georgetown, yesterday.
Beaten in their previous matches against USA (7-2), Uruguay (4-0), Argentina (4-0) and Canada (3-0), the ‘Calypso Stickmen’ were eager for a better outcome against the Guyanese, who entered the match on the back of a first win, 5-1 over Barbados.
Arielle Williams handed T&T the perfect start when she opened the scoring from a penalty-corner play in the second minute and three minutes later, Layne silenced the home crowd with the ‘Calypso Stickwomen’ second, from open play.
However, spurred on by the home crowd, the Guyanese fought their way back into the contest with Nicole Eastman, cutting the deficit in half, a minute later before Marzana Fiedtkou scored in the 18th and on the stroke of half-time, to give the host a 3-2 lead.
The T&T women coached by former Guyana international Jerazeno Bell, came out firing on the resumption and drew level within two minutes thanks to Blair Wynne.
Both teams then struggled to find the go-ahead goal until four minutes from full-time when Layne got her second to put T&T ahead 4-3, then captain Alanna Lewis made it 5-3 from the penalty-spot, a minute later followed by Wynne’s second item on the match on the stroke of full-time to seal a 6-3 triumph.
With the win, T&T moved to three points in sixth spot, level with fifth placed Guyana, which has a better goal-difference.
Argentina vs Uruguay, 12noon
T&T vs Barbados, 1.15pm
Canada vs USA, 2.30pm
Sixth Place playoff, 7.30pm
Canada vs T&T, 3.45pm
Barbados vs Mexico, 5pm
Argentina vs Guyana, 6.15pm