Soccer-Maurice double gives Haiti win over T&T

By Simon Evans

MIAMI, July 12 (Reuters) – Haiti forward Jean-Eudes Maurice scored twice to give his side a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago in CONCACAF Gold Cup, Group B on Friday.

Maurice, who plays in France with Le Mans, pounced in the 16th minute after Trinidad keeper Jan Michael Williams parried a fierce drive from Jean Junior Monuma Constant and slotted home the loose ball.

Trinidad struggled to find any fluency in the first half but came out aggressively after the interval and went close when Kenwyne Jones headed against the woodwork.

But Haiti, constantly a threat on the break, made sure of their win in the 53rd minute when Yves Desmarets burst down the left and his low cross ricocheted to Maurice who blasted home.

Darryl Roberts wasted a good chance for Trinidad near the end but Haiti emerged triumphant from the all-Caribbean clash to move to three points from two games, leaving their opponents bottom of the group with a single point.

Honduras and El Salvador were playing later in the group’s other game. (Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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