Stoppage Time – International Football Blog

CFU Club Championship: First Round Review

Posted in North and Central American Football by peterbein on March 31, 2010
Joe Public FC

Joe Public FC qualified from Group C with a 100% record

The Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship has reached the conclusion of the first stage but the tournament had plenty of difficulties before a ball was even kicked. Two teams, Elite SC and Bath Estate FC, withdrew from the competition while Defence Force had immigration problems which forced them to play in another group within the tournament. Despite the various setbacks there was still plenty of football played and “Stoppage Time – International Football Blog” reviews the tournament so far:

GROUP A

Puerto Rico’s River Plate won this group with a 100% record after clocking up wins against Haitian team Racing de Gonaïves and the two Netherlands Antilles teams CSD Barber and Hubentut Fortuna. Once River had defeated the Haitian side 3-1 in the first game then the outcome of the next two games were never in doubt due to River’s superior squad. River Plate went on to beat Hubentut 5-1 and CSD Barber 4-0 to top the group while Racing qualified for the next stage finishing in second place one point above CSD Barber in the standings.

GROUP B

This group was reduced to only two teams after Guyanan representatives Defense Force were forced to transfer into Group D because they were unable to obtain entry into Puerto Rico due to strict immigration regulations. This meant that the two teams remaining in the group already knew that they had qualified for the second round before a ball had been kicked but the two teams still had to play two matches in order to determine rankings and placings for the second stage of the competition. Puerto Ricans Bayamón FC sealed the first spot in the group having won the first match against System 3 FC by four goals to nil in the first game and securing a 2-2 draw in the return game.

GROUP C

Two-time winners of the CFU Club Championship Joe Public FC from Trinidad & Tobago easily topped the group with a 100% record in Group C after wins over Avenues United (St. Vincent & The Grenadines), Leo Victor (Surinam) and Devonshire Cougars (Bermuda). There was a fight for second when Avenues United defeated Leo Victor 3-1 in the final game of the group but it turned out that the losing Leo Victor side had the best record out of those teams that finished third in their group and, thus, also qualified for the second stage.

GROUP D

Bath Estate FC from Dominica withdrew from the competition before the start and were replaced by Guyana’s Defence Force FC. However the Guyanans didn’t have a happy time of it in this group losing to both Walking Boys from Surinam and table toppers Alpha United FC in their group games. With the top two teams drawing 1-1 in the group’s second match it was down to overall goal difference to decide who finished where and it was Alpha United who emerged triumphant with a goal difference of +2 in comparison to Walking Boys’ +1.

SECOND STAGE

The second stage will see three new teams enter the tournament as they had a bye from the first stage. Puerto Rico Islanders are last year’s CFU Club Championship runners-up and they are joined by current Haitian champions Tempête FC and San Juan Jabloteh, whose best finish in this tournament was in 2003 where they finished in third place. The second stage, which is to be played from April 13-17, will consist of four groups of three with the winner of each group going into the third and final group stage:

GROUP E: Puerto Rico Islanders (Puerto Rico), Racing de Gonaïves (Haiti), Alpha United (Guyana)

GROUP F: Tempête FC (Haiti), Avenues United (St.Vincent & The Grenadines), Bayamón FC (Puerto Rico)

GROUP G: San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad & Tobago), River Plate (Puerto Rico), Leo Victor FC (Surinam)

GROUP H: Joe Public FC (Trinidad & Tobago), Systems 3 (St.Vincent & The Grenadines), Walking Boys (Surinam)

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