• Thursday Nov 08, 2012

    Caribbean Cup - Groups 1 and 3 Update

    GROUP 1

    September 9, 2012 at Port-au-Prince, Haiti
    Puerto Rico 9, Saint Martin 0
    A four-goal performance by Hector Ramos helped Puerto Rico clinch advancement to the second round with a 9-0 win Sunday over Saint Martin at Sylvio Cator Stadium.  The 22-year-old forward put the Boricuas ahead in the 15th minute and added three more in the 44th, 47th and 82nd minutes.

    Joseph Marrero netted a brace (69', 83'), giving him three goals in two games, while Noah Delgado (29'), Cristian Arrieta (45'+1) and Alex Oikkonen (76') got their names on the scoresheet with single tallies.

    After acquiring maximum points from two first-round games, Puerto Rico will advance to the competition's next phase with a game to spare. Saint Martin was eliminated from contention.

    Ramos, who played the full 90 minutes in Puerto Rico's 2-1 friendly loss to Spain last month, is the group's top scorer with five goals.

    Haiti 3, Bermuda 1
    In the nightcap, Haiti rallied from a one-goal deficit to defeat Bermuda 3-1 and seal a second-round spot.

    Bermuda took a 1-0 lead in the 9th minute through Antwan Russel with his second goal in as many games.

    Haiti responded with three goals during an 11-minute stretch that was ignited by a 30th minute strike from Olrish Saurel.

    Nine minutes later, Jean-Eudes Maurice gave the Haitians a lead they would never relinquish.

    Jean-Philippe Peguero added a third four minutes before the break.

    On Tuesday, Haiti and Puerto Rico will square-off for the group title, while Saint Martin and Bermuda will complete their participation in the competition against each other.


    GROUP 3
    September 9, 2012 at Fort-de-France, Martinique
    British Virgin Islands 0, Montserrat 7
    Montserrat snapped a 17-year winless drought, defeating the British Virgin Islands 7-0 to take third place in the group.

    Marlon Campbell (35', 45'+1) scored two goals in the first half and Ellis Remy (71', 81') netted two in the second half, ensuring Montsterrat's first victory in 23 games.

    Darryl Roach (45'+3) and Bradley Woods-Garnes (53') contributed single strikes, while an own-goal by the British Virgin Islands' Jamaal Sargeant two minutes before the final whistle put a punctuation mark on the scoreline.

    The British Virgin Islands last in the four-team group.

    Martinique 2, Suriname 2
    Martinique let a two-goal slip away, but a 2-2 draw against Suriname was good enough to finish it first in the group.  Both sides completed play with seven points, but the host took the top spot thanks to superior difference (+21 to +10).

    Kevin Parsemain fired Martinique into a 9th minute lead with his tournament-leading 11th goal and Djenhaël Mainge doubled the advantage 19 minutes later.

    Suriname sliced the deficit in half with a goal from goalkeeper Ronny Clyde Aloema in the 25th minute.

    Donovan Loswijk equalized dramatically by converting a penalty kick two minutes into second-half injury time.

    Both teams had previously earned places in the tournament's next phase with wins in their opening two group games.

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