CFU: Jamaica in line to defend Caribbean Cup title
Jamaica, defending champions of the Digicel Caribbean Cup, will face off against Guadeloupe in the final of the 2010 tournament to be played in Martinique tomorrow. Both Jamaica and Guadeloupe went through by virtue of a 2-1 scoreline against respective opponents Grenanda and Cuba.
The Reggae Boyz went into their semi-final against Grenada as the only team to have qualified for the final four with a 100% record from the group stage. This was by no means any guarantee that Jamaica would qualify easily for the final as Grenada really made the title holders work for their place in the tournament showpiece. It may have seemed that Jamaica would take charge upon going ahead in the 7th minute of the match through Dane Richards but his goal was cancelled out just six minutes later when Grenada’s Troy Smith got his team back on level terms. Both teams had plenty of chances to win the game in regular time but, with the score still 1-1 after 90 minutes, extra-time was needed to separate the two teams. Jamaica scored the crucial goal in the 96th minute when Kithson Bain was at hand to turn the ball home and give his team every chance of winning a second consecutive title and fifth overall triumph come Sunday.
Hoping to stop Jamaica will be a Guadeloupe team who have finished in fourth and third place in the last two tournaments and have reached their first ever final following their 2-1 defeat of the tournament’s surprise package Cuba. Reysander Fernandez gave Cuba the lead on 34 minutes to have his team dreaming of a first final appearance in eleven years but their dreams would be dashed in the second half as Guadeloupe came from behind to seal victory. Grégory Gendrey restored parity for Guadeloupe ten minutes after the break and it wasn’t until twelve minutes before the end until Jean-Luc Lambourde gave Guadeloupe the victory.
Sunday sees two matches finish off the tournament with losing semi-finalists Cuba and Grenada playing in a third/fourth place play-off, this will prove the support act to the final which sees Jamaica play Guadeloupe. Both matches will take place at the Stade Pierre Aliker in the Martinique capital of Fort-de-France.