Trinidad & Tobago exited the Digicel Cup Finals tournament with a win as they overcame a feeble Martinique side in what was the final game for both teams as they propped up Group H of the Digicel Caribbean Cup.
With both sides knowing that their Digicel Cup journey was over, they took to the field to ensure their sense of pride was restored somewhat as they looked to gain a first victory.
For Martinique the pressure of a home crowd was daunting but for the Trinidad coach, Russell Latapy, it may be more a question of his position as leader should they fail to impress in their final game.
While Gustan was again looking dangerous for the French it was Jorsling who had the first real chance of the match after a fine run and cross by Hector put the forward in a one on one with keeper Heurlie, but his lobbed effort was tame and was cleared easily.
Molino was next up for Trinidad when he raced clean through from the right wing but he seemed to see his name in headlines first as he dragged his shot wide of the far post when he had time to at least make Heurlie work to save his effort.
Trinidad started the second half with the same tenacity and were rewarded after only 2 minutes of the restart when Hughtun Hector came on to a precise cut back from the right by Wolfe, and side footed his effort with great confidence into the top left corner of the French net.
On 64 minutes Trinidad should have made it 2 when Keon Daniel laid a golden chance for Jorsling who miskicked from 5 yards and saw his bobbled effort go wide when it seemed simpler to score. On 68 minutes Parsemain had the best French chance of the half but his header failed to go between the two posts and yet another French attack came to nothing.
Jorsling again had a chance for Trinidad on 74 mins but his valiant diving header after a great cross from skipper Leon was meat and drink for Heurlie.
Heurlie was again the hero 4 minutes later as Jagdeosingh, only on the pitch 2 minutes, raced clean through for a one on one situation, but the keeper stood tall and waited until the last minute before making his decisive pounce to save.
And so it stayed until the end of the game as the Soca Warriors picked up their first win of the Digicel Finals to leave hosts Martinique rooted to the foot of Group H and along with their victors out of the Caribbean’s showcase football tournament, the Digicel Caribbean Cup.