KENWYNE JONES put in a man-of-the-match winning display to help fire Trinidad and Tobago into the quarter-finals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup on Monday evening.
The Caribbean side were in need of all three points against group leaders Honduras to stand any chance of qualification, having picked up just a solitary point from their opening two clashes against El Salvador and minnows Haiti.
For long periods of the clash, it looked like the ‘Soca Warriors’ would be frustrated once again. However, they were ultimately indebted to the Stoke City star for their passage through to the last eight.
The 28-year-old displayed his composure to tuck home the opening goal of the game from the spot shortly after the half-time interval, before turning provider for Orlando City’s Kevin Molino 20 minutes from time.
It was that goal which confirmed Trinidad’s quarter-final berth by virtue of greater goals scored than El Salvador, but the South Americans remain on course to join their Group B rivals in the next stage as one of the two best third-place finishers.
Jones, who was named as stand-in skipper for the clash in Texas, will be hoping to fire his native into the semi-finals of the competition for the first time in 13 years.
They will have to overcome the much-fancied Mexicans however to secure that feat, after being paired with them in next Saturday’s last eight showdown in Georgia, Atlanta.