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T&T clinch Finals spot

Published:Saturday | November 6, 2010 | 12:00 AM

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

Devon Jorsling scored his fourth goal in two outings as Trinidad and Tobago booked their place in the final of the Digicel Caribbean Cup, with a hard-fought 2-1 win over a stubborn Guyana on Thursday night.

The 26-year-old scored T&T's second goal three minutes before half-time, after Lester Peltier had put the hosts ahead in the 34th minute in the second game of the double-header at the Mannie Ramjohn Stadium.

With two wins in as many games - following their 6-2 thrashing of St Vincent and the Grenadines on Tuesday night - T&T now lead Group F with six points, with just one game to play in the four-team group.

Good fight

Guyana, who put up a good fight, scored late on when sub-stitute Sean Beveney netted in the 78th minute, to set up a tense finish.

The visitors threatened from the outset and almost went ahead when goalkeeper Jan Michael Williams fumbled a corner, but Peltier was on hand to clear the danger in the area.

Guyana showed more enterprise in the 30th minute when Walter Moore forced a good save from Williams.

T&T were in front four minutes later, however, as Peltier's cross from the right found its way into the back of the net.

Captain Clyde Leon hit the crossbar in the 37th minute before Jorsling, who scored a hat-trick in the last game, produced a clinical finish following Jamal Gay's hard work on the left side, as T&T led 2-0 at the break.

Double miss

Gay then missed twice from close range and Jorsling was also guilty of wastefulness, as T&T squandered excellent chances to put the game beyond the Guyanese.

They were made to pay when Beveney capitalised on a now familiar defensive error, to drill home from inside the area 12 minutes from the end.

The goal left T&T with some anxious moments, but their defence held firm to ensure full points.