Sunday 1st June 2014
Caribbean Cup Qualifier Preliminary Round Group Two
Guillermo Prospero Trinidad Stadium, Oranjestad, Aruba
Turks & Caicos Islands 0-6 French Guiana
Making just one change to the starting line up from an impressive opening showing against Aruba, Turks & Caicos were looking to continue their form against French Guiana. Striker Stevens Derilien replaced the injured Gavin Glinton as he had done during the first half of the opening match.
The result of this match, while being important in the Caribbean Cup of course, would have no bearing on Turks and Caicos’ FIFA ranking. French Guiana are not FIFA affiliated, being a part of France rather than an independent nation. In that context, if they were going to get roundly thrashed 6-0 it may as well happen against a team that wouldn’t affect their ranking. Had they somehow avoided defeat against French Guiana, as terrific as that would have been, there would surely be a glimmer of lingering frustration that a first positive result in years would still have seen them stuck firmly at the foot of the world rankings. The thorough defeat, however, made that prospect little more than a redundant afterthought.
It should be said, however, that he first half was relatively closely fought. It took until the 29th minute for French Guiana to make the breakthrough when Gabriel Pigrée gave the French the lead. Again the Turks and Caicos team lost key players during this latest defeat; both midfielder Jack McKnight and, crucially, goalkeeper Raymondsen Azemard had to be replaced shortly before the opening Guianan goal. Azemard’s replacement, a raw untried teenager called Luis Turbyfield, conceded within seconds of coming on late in the first half, before shipping another five in a one-sided second half.
The second half, however, saw an avalanche of goals as five more were added before the end including the completion of a hat-trick for Gabriel Pigrée in the final minute. Not long before that Kely Louima had the dubious distinction to get on the score sheet for the wrong team.
As encouraging as the opening match with Aruba had been, this was a reversion to type sadly. Better will be needed in the final, and winnable, match with the British Virgin Islands in two days time. It will be important to at least see the return of Azemard if at all possible in goal to provided a stint of solidity to the back line.
Some encouragement should be found in the fact that British Virgin Islands have lost both of their games too, but suffered far heavier losses. They also lost 6-0 to French Guiana, but lost 7-0 to Aruba.
Turks & Caicos Islands line up:
Raymondson Azemard (Luis Turbyfield, 28), James Rene, Wildens Delva, Marc-donald Fenelus, Chris Gardiner, Paul Collis, Jerry Liluce, Jack McKnight (Kely Louima, 28), Stevens Derilien, Fred Dorvil, Marco Fenelus (Philip Shearer, 63).
Other Group Two results:
French Guiana 6-0 British Virgin Islands
Aruba 1-0 Turks & Caicos Islands
Turks & Caicos Islands 0-6 French Guiana<
Aruba 7-0 British Virgin Islands
|3.||Turks & Caicos Islands||2||0-7||0|
|4.||British Virgin Islands||2||0-13||0|
3rdJune British Virgin Islands v. Turks & Caicos Islands
3rdJune Aruba v. French Guiana