Barbados move on
Football team advance to next round after defeating Bonaire
Barbados have advanced to the next round of the 2014 Caribbean Football Union’s Caribbean Cup as the second-placed team in Group 3 after defeating Bonaire 4-1 yesterday in Martinique.
Martinique topped the group with seven points while Barbados collected four points from one win, one draw against Suriname and a heart-breaking loss to the hosts after leading 2-0 at half-time. Nine teams advanced to the next round.
After a goalless first half Barbados’ and Wigan Athletic professional Emmerson Boyce opened the scoring in the second half with a 55th minute strike. Romario Harewood then doubled the lead in the 67th minute and Mario Harte closed off the win with a brace in the 74th and 76th minutes of play.
Bonaire got a consolation goal when Yurick Seinpaul converted from the penalty spot in the 90th. Martinique’s encounter against Suriname ended in a 0-0 draw also in Group 3 yesterday.
In Group 5 host nation Antigua & Barbuda finished undefeated as they came from behind to defeat a well organized St Vincent & Grenadines team 2-1. It was in the first half that Nazir McBurnette scored on the 46th minute. In the second half the Antigua & Barbuda rallied by scoring two goals in the final ten minutes with Akeem Thomas in the 81st minute and Nathaniel Jarvis in the 90th minute securing top spot for the Antiguans.
In the earlier encounter the Dominican Republic hammered Anguilla 10-0. Dominican Republic opened the scoring after Kyle Kentish scored an own goal in the 20th minute. Rony Beard then doubled the lead in the 32nd minute, then Kerby Rodriguez 41st minute. Johnathon Fana added a fourth goal in the 44th minute just before halftime. In the second half Kerby Rodriguez doubled his account on the night with a strike in the 53rd. Rony Beard then scored in the 62nd minute, Fana again in 87th and Domingo Peralta in the 86th and 88th minute. Samuel Zayas then scored the 10th goal of the night in the 90th minute.
Group 5 closed with Antigua advancing at the top of the group with nine points and St Vincent finishing runners-up on six points.
In Group 4 French Guiana and Curacao advanced finishing with five points each. Both nations faced each other on the final day but drew blank with a 0-0 result. Puerto Rico also drew 2-2 with Grenada as the host nation failed to advance into the second round.
Puerto Rico opened scoring in the 29th minute through Hector Ramos. Terry James equalized for Grenada in the second-half but Alex Olkkonen restored the lead in the 68th minute.
But Kitson Baine of Grenada secured a draw when he scored in the 85th minute. Finally in Group 6 St Kitts & Nevis advanced as group winners along with St. Lucia both nations finishing on seven points respectively.
St Lucia defeated Dominica 2-1 as Magnum Vilcin opened the scoring in the 13th minute of play. Julian Wade then equalized for Dominica in the 68th but Vilcin scored his second of the night in the 76th minute to give St Lucia victory.
Host nation St Kitts & Nevis blanked Guyana 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Zephaniah Thomas in the 53rd minute and Atiba Harris in the 60th minute.
Teams that have advance to the next round of qualifying are Group winners: Antigua & Barbuda, Martinique, Curacao and St Kitts & Nevis.
Teams that have advance as runner-ups: St Vincent & The Grenadines, French Guiana, Barbados and St Lucia.
Best third Place Team: Dominican Republic.