T&T take series against Dundee U.

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Jamaica Gleaner


Shell Caribbean Cup football champions Trinidad and Tobago needed a penalty shootout to defeat Scottish FA Champions Dundee United in the final game of their three match series which ended here at Skinner Park, San Fernando on Tuesday night.

The teams battled to a 1-all draw at the end of regulation time, the third such result in the series, but the hosts had enough in reserve to win the penalty shootout 6-5.

The game was by far the most exciting of the three, although it took some 68 minutes before Arnold Dwarika put the home team in the lead.

The nippy striker, one of the players whom foreign football agent Majeed Mohammed says has impressed him during the series, received a pass from Angus Eve some 30 metres out and blasted a powerful right foot shot past a bewildered Alan Main in the Dundee United goal.

Trinidad and Tobago seemed headed to break the deadlock but with just seconds remaining, the visitors got the equaliser through another brilliant goal.

Dundee United won the ball just inside the Trinidad and Tobago half and Craig Brewster, the goalscorer when his team defeated Rangers 1-0 in the FA Cup final, worked his way goalwards with the local players intent on defending Brewster, realising that his path was blocked, fed the ball back to Andy Maclaren whose 30 metre drive beat a wall of players and Ross Russell in the Trinidad and Tobago citadel.

Hutson Charles and Brewster missed in the five penalty shots but skipper Dexter Francis netted the first in the shoot-out for his team while Mark Perry's shot was well saved by Russell to give the home team the Carib trophy which was at stake.