Wales beat Trinidad and Tobago

World Cup-bound Trinidad and Tobago lost 2-1 to Wales on Saturday in a friendly.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:34 IST
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World Cup-bound Trinidad and Tobago lost 2-1 to Wales on Saturday in a friendly. Trinidad's record scorer Stern John gave his side the lead in the 32nd minute, redirecting a free kick from Christopher Birchall past debut-making Wales goalkeeper Jason Brown. It was John's 65th international goal. Robert Earnshaw leveled for Wales in the 38th minute. Danny Collins headed Joe Ledley's long ball into the box and Earnshaw flicked it over goalkeeper Kelvin Jack into the net. Taking lead In the second half, Danny Gabbidon blocked John's shot and Collin Samuel headed wide for Trinidad before Earnshaw gave Wales the lead. He took Gareth Bale's cross from the right, held off one defender and kicked past the ball past two others to score in the 87th. Bale had come on as a 54th-minute replacement for David Vaughan to become Wales' youngest ever player aged 16 years, 315 days. He beat the record held by Lewin Nyatanga, who was 17 years, 195 days when he played in a 0-0 draw against Paraguay on March 1. Trinidad started with eight British-based players, including former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, but none from the English Premier League. The Soca Warriors will make their World Cup debut in Germany, with Trinidad and Tobago the smallest of the 32 countries involved. It plays England, Sweden and Paraguay in Group B. Wales has not qualified for a major championship since the 1958 World Cup. Lineups: Trinidad and Tobago: Kelvin Jack, Avery John, Marvin Andrews, Dennis Lawrence, Christopher Birchall, Cyd Gray, Carlos Edwards, Stern John, Kenwyne Jones, Denzil Theobold, Dwight Yorke. Wales: Jason Brown, Carl Robinson, Joe Ledley, Danny Gabbidon, Danny Collins, David Partridge, Carl Fletcher, Robert Earnshaw, David Cotterill, Simon Davies, David Vaughan. (AP)