Champs suffer big blow

Quinton Griffith scored in the second half for Antigua.

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Jamaica’s defence of their Caribbean Cup suffered a heavy blow when they could only manage a 0-0 draw with Martinique in a rugged contest at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium last night.

Jamaica are firmly rooted at the bottom of Group B on a solitary point behind leaders Martinique (four), and French Guiana and Cuba on three points each.

In the opening contest of the double-header, Cuba revived their campaign by coming from behind to clip French Guiana 2-1.

Meanwhile, Haiti soared to the top of Group A of the CFU Caribbean Championship with a 2-1 win over the Dominican Republic at the Antigua†Recreation Ground on Sunday. Haiti took the lead in the tenth minute through Leonel St Preux before Kerbi Rodriguez equalised two minutes later.

Jean-Philippe Peguero then put the game to bed six minutes before half-time when he capitalised on a defensive error to beat goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd.

Soca Warriors go down

In the feature of the double-header, hosts Antigua and Barbuda breathed life into their fading campaign with a 2-0 blanking of former multi-champions Trinidad and Tobago. Antigua’s second-half goals came through Quinton Griffith and Peter Byers.

Haiti sit atop the standings on four points, followed by Dominican Republic and Antigua on three points apiece. Trinidad and Tobago are at the bottom with one point.

In the first day of competition on Friday, Haiti and Trinidad drew 0-0, while Dominican Republic clipped Antigua 2-1.

Today’s final preliminary matches in the group will see Haiti go up against Antigua and Trinidad and the Dominican Republic are down to square off, also at the Antigua Recreation Ground.

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