Jones, Fortune pave way for T&T’s victory over SKN

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Jones, Fortune pave way for T&T’s victory over SKN

Trinidad and Tobago collected the first victory of the 2023 Concacaf Gold Cup group stage with a 3-0 triumph over Saint Kitts and Nevis in Group A action on Sunday at DRV PNK Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

It was Trinidad and Tobago’s first Gold Cup group stage win since the 2015 edition. Despite the result, it was a historic day for Saint Kitts and Nevis, who were playing their first ever Gold Cup group stage match.

Trinidad and Tobago enjoyed the bulk of possession in the first half and they were able to crown it with a goal toward the end of the half, as Alvin Jones struck in the 43’ to hand the Soca Warriors a 1-0 lead.

Neveal Hackshaw floated a pass into the area and Jones, with great class, brought the ball down with his chest and then volleyed into net.

Trinidad and Tobago kept their foot on the gas in the second half and were able to double their lead in style thanks to a superb strike from Ajani Fortune.

Fresh off the bench and into the match in the second stanza, Fortune received a ball outside the Saint Kitts and Nevis area, eluded a trio of defenders before firing into net to make it 2-0 in the 65’.

Trinidad and Tobago were keen to tack on more to not give Saint Kitts and Nevis any hope and they stretched the lead to 3-0 in the 73’ when some defensive pressure forced a turnover and Levi Garcia’s deep cross deflected off a Saint Kitts and Nevis defender and into goal.

From there, the Trinidad and Tobago defense took over to nail down the victory and secure a full three points.

In the next match, Trinidad and Tobago will face Jamaica on June 28th at City Park in St. Louis, white St. Kitts and Nevis will go up against the United States on the same day.