CFU: Cuba shock Trinidad; Matchday 1 Review
After the first round of games played in the Digicel Caribbean Cup, currently being held in Martinique, Cuba pulled off the biggest surprise in Group H when beating record champions Trinidad & Tobago whilst in the same group the host nation were held to a draw by Grenada. In Group I defending champions Jamaica got their campaign off to a winning start and they hold a two point lead in the standings following a draw for their other group opponents Guyana and Guadeloupe.
Trinidad & Tobago have won the Caribbean Cup on a record eight occasions and many had them down as one of the favourites going into this year’s tournament to win it again. Spirits will have been dampened, however, by the defeat they suffered to an improving Cuba team who scored a goal in each half in a 2-0 win. Jaime Colomé gave the Cubans the lead on 23 minutes and his team-mate Roberto Linares sealed the deal with eleven minutes of the game to go and helped Cuba to a morale-boosting victory which will give them confidence ahead of their next game against Martinique. The host nation could only muster a 1-1 draw in their opening game against Grenada who took the lead after 23 minutes thank to Kithson Bain. Martinique got back on level terms with ten minutes left to play after José-Thierry Goron scored from the penalty spot.
In the other group Jamaica, defending champions from two years ago, got their tournament off to the best possible start with a 3-1 victory over Antigua & Barbuda. The Reggae Boyz had a comfortable 3-0 lead at the half-time break thanks to strikes from Luton Shelton (2) and Dane Richards. Antigua and Barbuda did pull a goal back in the second half but the damage was already done and Jamaica comfortably saw out the rest of the game. A frantic last twenty minutes saw neither Guadeloupe nor Guyana get off to a winning start in their match, both having to be content with a point apiece following a 1-1 draw. Guadeloupe opened the scoring on 70 minutes through Loïc Loval but Guyana won a penalty with just four minutes remaining, Dwain Jacobs restoring parity and rescuing a point for his side. On Matchday 2 table toppers Jamaica face off against Guadeloupe while Antigua & Barbuda hope to win their first points of the tournament against Guyana.