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CFU: Jamaica defends Caribbean Cup

Posted in International Football, North and Central American Football by peterbein on December 6, 2010

Caribbean Cup logoJamaica have defended their Digicel Caribbean Cup title with a penalty shoot-out win over Guadeloupe in Sunday’s final held in Martinique. This means that Jamaica have won the tournament on five occasions, three behind record champions Trinidad & Tobago. In the 3rd/4th place play-off Cuba beat Grenada by 1-0.

The final finished 1-1 after extra-time with both goals coming in the first half with Jamaica’s Omar Cummings giving his side the lead after 32 minutes only for Guadeloupe to equalize five minutes later through Ludovic Gotin. With no further goals in the contest it came down to a penalty shoot-out to decide the champion. Both teams traded four successful penalties until Jean-Luc Lambourde missed Guadeloupe’s fifth spot kick, meaning that Troy Smith’s conversion of Jamaica’s fifth penalty was enough to give the Reggae Boyz another title.

In the 3rd/4th place play-off Roberto Linares’ 12th minute strike was enough to seal third place for Cuba in their 1-0 win over Grenada.

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CFU: Jamaica in line to defend Caribbean Cup title

Posted in International Football, North and Central American Football by peterbein on December 4, 2010
Stade Pierre Aliker

The Stade Pierre Aliker plays host to the Caribbean Cup final

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.

Caribbean: Grenada and Guadeloupe qualify for finals

Posted in North and Central American Football by peterbein on October 27, 2010

Grenada and Guadeloupe have qualified for the 2010 Digicel Caribbean Cup proper having finished in the top two spots in qualifying Group E. All of the games in this group have been played out in Grenada over the last six days and the top two eventually proved too strong for Puerto Rico and St Kitts & Nevis who gave a good account of themselves.

The first round of games saw both Guadeloupe and Grenada make their mark although the former left it late to seal all three points in their opening game against St Kitts & Nevis. Having led for most of the match Guadeloupe conceded a penalty with seven minutes to go which Jevon Francis dispatched to equal the scores at 1-1. Guadeloupe regained the lead just four minutes later however after Jean-Luc Lambourde struck the crucial winning goal and allowed his team to pip the game by two goals to one. Following that dramatic finish came Grenada’s first match against Puerto Rico and the result was hardly ever in doubt once Grenada took the lead just before half-time through Kithson Bain. After the break Bain doubled the lead before Ricky Charles sealed the deal with ten minutes to play. Isaac Nieves did score a consolation goal for Puerto Rico but by then the damage had been done.

Puerto Rico’s chances of progression to the tournament proper were dashed in the second round of Group E matches. Colin Clarke’s men were 2-0 down against Guadeloupe after just ten minutes and the situation got worse in the second half when Guadeloupe made it 3-0 with an hour played. Chris Megaloudis and Petter Villegas did their bit to make a fight of it and reduced the deficit to 3-2 with ten minutes left to play but, try as they might, Puerto Rico were unable to break Guadeloupe resistance for a third time. Delroy Facey scored both goals in Grenada’s match-up with St Kitts & Nevis as the hosts took the initiative from the beginning, scoring both goals in the first half an hour.

Guadeloupe and Grenada had already secured their places in the tournament before they were due to meet in the final group match on Tuesday. This match, however, still had some significance as the final rankings would determine who played in which group when the main competition begins in November. Surprisingly home side Grenada struggled and allowed the visiting Guadeloupe team to find the back of the net on three occasions. Johnny Tacita bagged a brace with Gregory Gendrey completing the scoring in Guadeloupe’s fine 3-0 victory which took them to the top of the standings. In the other Matchday 3 game St Kitt’s & Nevis restored some pride with Jevon Francis’ stoppage time strike separating them from opponents Puerto Rico in a 1-0 victory.

Guadeloupe will now play in Group 1 involving defending champions Jamaica when the tournament proper gets under way in late November while Grenada will be placed in Group 2 with tournament hosts Martinique.