CFU: Trinidad and Tobago top group; Guyana also through
Qualification matches continue to be played leading up to the CFU Digicel Caribbean Cup tournament which will be played from late November. The latest round of qualifying saw Trinidad & Tobago book their place as easy winners of Group F whilst things were more tightly contested for the second spot between Haiti and Guyana. Saint Vincent & The Grenadines had to contend themselves with the wooden spoon.
Devon Jorsling proved to be Trinidad & Tobago’s top man in Group F as he hit five goals in three matches to help his team to a very easy passage through to the tournament proper. His hat-trick in T&T’s opening Group F match against St Vincent helped his team to a 6-2 win along with goals from Kerry Baptiste (2) and Hughton Hector. Even allowing for the fact that they had disposed of the weakest opponents in the group Trinidad & Tobago never looked back as they secured further victories against Guyana (2-1) and Haiti (4-0) in order to secure a full compliment of nine points and are rewarded with a place in Group H of the tournament proper alongside hosts Martinique and Group E qualifiers Grenada.
The fight for second place in Group F was between Guyana and Haiti and it went down to goal difference following their opening encounter ended in a goalless stalemate. With both teams defeating St Vincent by two goals the margin of defeat against Trinidad & Tobago became of vital importance. With Guyana only losing by the odd goal in three it was always going to be difficult for Haiti to match or better what their rivals had done. Haiti’s 4-0 drubbing confirmed second in the group for Guyana whose goal difference was three goals better and thus grants them a place in Group I of the tournament proper alongside defending champions Jamaica and Group E qualifiers Guadeloupe.
The final qualification group involving Cuba, Dominica, Antigua & Barbuda and Suriname begins on November 10th with the top two earning the final tickets to Martinique from November 26th.