Molino hat-trick lifts Trinidad & Tobago

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

BRIDGETOWN, (CMC): POW­ER­HOUSES TRINIDAD and Tobago (T&T) made light work of the Do­mini­can Repub­lic, brush­ing them aside 40 in their open­ing third-round game of the Caribbean Cup on Wed­nes­day night.

Play­ing be­fore their home crowd at the Ato Boldon Sta­dium in Couva, the hosts were pro­pelled by a bril­liant hat-trick from the United States-based Kevin Molino as they rushed to a 3-0 lead at half-time, be­fore cruis­ing in the sec­ond half.

The vic­tory put T&T on top of Group 4, with their sec­ond and fi­nal game set for the Stade Pierre-Aliker against Mar­tinique in Fort-de-France next Tues­day.

Molino, who plays for Or­lando City in the Ma­jor League Soc­cer, opened the scor­ing in the 14th minute when he blasted home from close range af­ter be­ing played through by Radan­fah Abu Bakr.



Four min­utes later, the 26year-old was on tar­get again, this time head­ing past goal­keeper Miguel Lloyd cour­tesy of a pass from cap­tain Ken­wyne Jones.

And Cordell Cato, who also plies in his trade in the MLS for San Jose Earth­quakes, rounded off a dom­i­nant first half for the Trinida­di­ans when he scored in the 30th minute fol­low­ing a move started by long kick from goal­keeper JanMichael Trinidad & Tobago mid­fielder Kevin Molino (10).


In the sec­ond half, T&T man­aged just one more goal, but it was Molino find­ing the nets to com­plete his hat-trick, drilling home a re­bound af­ter Jones’s ini­tial header had been par­ried by goal­keeper Lloyd.

In Group 3 in Willem­stad, hosts Cu­ra­cao cruised to an easy 3-0 vic­tory over An­tigua and Bar­buda, thanks to a first-half strike from Le­an­dro Ba­cuna and sec­ond-half goals from Ran­gelo Janga and Gino van Kes­sel.

Ja­maica’s Group 1 clash with Suri­name, sched­uled for Kingston, and Haiti’s Group 2 fix­ture against French Guiana in Port-au-Prince were both post­poned be­cause of bad weather stem­ming from the pas­sage of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.


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