Thursday, December 14, 2017

Hockey men flick off campaign vs England last warm-up match

The Trinidad and Tobago men's national hockey team continued to show good form in their final warm-up match before actual competition today at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Scottish First Division team, Western Wildcats, returned to test T&T's men Tuesday evening in their last tune-up, with T&T earning a 4-1 victory.

T&T men play England in their first game today.

Wildcats returned with a far stronger team than when they first played T&T, boasting of Scottish national reserve goalkeeper and four other players in the fray for national selection.

T&T's first half was a mix of close scoring efforts which lacked a final touch, a concentration on power shots rather than forcing short corners, and a sub-par show from the forwards.

It was not until seconds before the half time whistle that Ishmael Campbell gave T&T a 1-0 lead with a powerful drive past the goalkeeper after a deft through pass from Akim Toussaint.

T&T improved on their first half showing after the break with Mickell Pierre scoring after eluding the defence just three minutes into the resumption. Wildcats responded with a goal from a short corner four minutes later, but Tariq Marcano and Dillet Gilkes finished off the affair, each scoring later in the final half.

Head coach of the T&T squad, Glenn "Fido" Francis, said his team still has work to do on their short corners, adding that a few players let their first touch betray them too often for his liking.