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Monday, July 17, 2000
Cheers in Trinidad follow 2-0 soccer win over CanadaPORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (AP) -- Smokey and Bunty's bar burst into cheers as Dwight Yorke drilled home an insurance goal at the 75th minute of Trinidad's 2-0 World Cup qualifying-round win against Canada.
A handful of Canadians on hand at the popular St. James bar on Sunday rued the bets they'd made on their team, which put up enough of a final assault to keep the attention of 50-odd fans until the closing whistle.
Once the game was won, the salvos started.
Callers to a post-game program on one radio station, FM 105, said the Trinidadians still looked vulnerable at midfield and defence one week before hosting Mexico at Port-of-Spain's Hasley Crawford Stadium.
The individual performances of fullbacks Dennis Lawrence and Mervin Andrews were praised, as was Angus Eve's scorcher, an upper-net shot set up by a nimble spin and turn that put Trinidad up 1-0 in the first half.
Commentator John Williams called Yorke's goal "clinical and romantic" all at once.
The striker moved the ball single-handedly from near midfield toward the goal and got off a shot just before a Canadian defender was to strip him of the ball.
The win comes after a series of lacklustre performances that make Trinidadians feel the team is playing beneath its potential.
Trinidad had lost three of its last five games, including a 1-0 loss to Canada and a recent 4-2 defeat to Jamaica. Neither was in World Cup competition.
With the West Indies cricket team led by Trinidadian batter Brian Lara getting pummelled in England, the soccer win came as an especially sweet triumph, albeit one goal short of the 3-0 trouncing local newspapers were calling for.