Friday 30th May 2014
Caribbean Cup Qualifier Preliminary Round Group Two
Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium, Oranjestad, Aruba
Aruba 1-0 Turks & Caicos Islands
Despite the huge gulf in world rankings between the two sides – Aruba are more than seventy places higher than their opponents, well clear of the days when they too were Worst in the World – the Turks & Caicos Islands put up an impressive showing in their opening group match in Oranjestad. Playing against the host nation Aruba, our intrepid islanders gave as good as they got in a closely fought contest.
The only goal came after 28 minutes when Emile Linkers broke free through the middle and scored with a tidy finish lobbed over the onrushing Turks & Caicos keeper Raymondson Azimard.
By that stage Turks & Caicos had already had to substitute their main striker Gavin Glinton, succumbing to an early injury and having to be replaced by Stevens Derilien after just 20 minutes. In his absence, his teammates chased the game late on but failed to muster anything too clear cut. This was in spite of the introduction of record goal scorer Philip Shearer, a few weeks shy of his fortieth birthday, for a final flurry.
Brief highlights can be seen here:
The Turks & Caicos Islands line up was as follows:
Raymondson Azemard, James Rene, Wildens Delva, Marc-donald Fenelus, Chris Gardiner, Jerry Liluce, Marco Fenelus, Jack McKnight (Philip Shearer, 78), Paul Collis (Kelly Louima, 61), Fred Dorvil, Gavin Glinton (Stevens Derilien, 20).>
In the other match French Guiana made their credentials clear with a stonking 6-0 win over the British Virgin Islands. A nice easy task coming up for Turks and Caicos in their next match then.