Sports — 27 March 2013

Belize and visiting Trinidad & Tobago played to a 0-0 draw in a CONCACAF Gold Cup warm-up match Saturday at the FFB Stadium. It was the second goalless draw between the two sides in two all-time meetings.

The encounter produced no shortage of action, but neither side could find the back of the net despite the presence of veteran players with proven offensive credentials.

Deon McCaulay, who tops the scoring table in 2014 CONCACAF World Cup Qualifying with 11 goals, played nearly the entire game for Belize. The potent attacking Trinidad duo of Kenwyne Jones and Cornell Glen were paired together up front for sixty-six minutes.

Glen had two opportunities to score in the opening 20 minutes. Both efforts, however, went just wide of the mark.

After 30 minutes, McCaulay dragged a shot inches wide of the left post for the host’s best chance of the game.

Port Vale midfielder Chris Birchall was outstanding throughout the night for the Soca Warriors and came close four minutes before the interval.

The second half was marked by the 75th minute ejections of Trinidad’s Devorn Jorsling and Tyrone Pandy of Belize.

Afterwards, Keyon Edwards forced a save from Belize goalkeeper (Woodrow West) with a low drive from outside the box.

The 2012 Caribbean Cup runner-up nearly grabbed a winner two minutes from time, but could not connect following a goalmouth scramble.

Trinidad travels to South America for a friendly against Peru on Tuesday, while Belize will be idle.

(Ed. Note: We’ve been idle long enough. Belize also needs more international games to help get ready for the Gold Cup in July.)

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