Soca warriors delight as they overcome Haiti in tight contest: Digicel Shield Finals, Pt. 1

Trinidad and Tobago made amends to their home fans after their crushing Digicel Caribbean Cup final defeat to Haiti as they saw off the Haitian Gold Cup side 1-0 in an exciting Digicel Shield semi final in Port of Spain to now go on and face Mexico on Wednesday night in the Digicel Shield Final.

The soca warriors started with serious intent and were obviously determined to try and make amends to their home fans for the defeat they suffered at the hands of the visitors in the final of the Digicel Caribbean Cup last January.

Top scorer from that tournament Gary Glasgow, who received his mobile phone prize for his highest goal tally in January from Digicel Trinidad?s sponsorship manager Marita Laurent, was very busy in and around the Haitian box and looked lively enough to try and add to his goal tally for the senior team.

Digicel Caribbean Cup champions Haiti who have played some tough opposition in the recent months and indeed more than held there own, showed their progression as they began to get more into the game and on 18 minutes were denied taking a one goal lead as Marvin Phillip extended himself well to get a hand to St. Jean Roland?s well placed shot.

T&T however looked the stronger in the first half and again showed their danger just before the whistle when Gary Glasgow and Darryl Roberts combined well only for the latter to be kept out by some solid defensive play from skipper Brunny Richard.

Haiti, with 4 changes to their opening side at half time and the coaches comments obviously still ringing in their ears, came out in the second half a more determined side.

Changing to a 4-3-3 formation the Digicel Cup champions came inches to scoring on two separate occasions as firstly Noel Fabrice was inches away from connecting with a lovely cross from Brunel and then Marcelin James saw his effort go narrowly wide.

T&T coach Wim Rijsbergen then looked to make a tactical change of his own and brought on 3 attacking players which as so often is the case, proved decisive from the Dutch master tactician.

On 76 minutes Captain Densil Theobald released substitute Andre Toussaint with a delicate defense splitting pass, and watched as the nimble striker calmly slotted the ball under the body of the onrushing Haitian keeper Gabart.

Haiti could find no way back and the new look soca warriors now confidently go forward to meet Mexico in the Digicel Shield final where a large home crowd are expected to see their local heroes one final time before they depart for their opening game in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.
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