Action from the Caribbean Football Union Club Championship's Group 2 game between Caledonia AIA and host AS Mirebalais on March 21, 2014, in Mirebalais, Haiti. (Photo: Yonel Louis)
KINGSTON, Jamaica – The 2014 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Club Championship – the region’s annual club championship that doubles as a qualifying competition for the CONCACAF Champions League -- opened on Friday with five games played in three venues across the region. CONCACAF.com takes a look at all the action.
GROUP 1 (Bayamon, Puerto Rico)
At the Estadio Juan Ramon Louriel, Yoximar Granado (28’, 61’) scored a pair of goals and host Bayamon FC posted a 5-0 win over the Cayman Islands’ Bodden Town.
Hosman Ramos (9’), Andres Perez (35’) and Luis Calix (79’) added one goal each.
Earlier in the evening, Curacao’s Centro Dominguito and Unite Saint Rosienne of Guadeloupe played to a goalless draw.
GROUP 2 (Mirebalais, Haiti)
At the Stade Bayas, Waterhouse struck for three late goals to top Suriname’s Inter Moengotapoe, 4-0, in the Group 2 opener.
Chedlin Francois (44’) gave the Jamaicans a 1-0 lead just ahead the break. As time wound down, a flurry of offensive activity saw Romario Campbell (83’), Juvaune Benjamin (84’) and captain Damarley Samuels (90’) put the game beyond doubt.
Afterwards, Caledonia AIA started its campaign to qualify for a third straight CONCACAF Champions League with a 3-0 win over host AS Mirebalais in front 3,000 fans.
Kevon Edwards (29’) and Nuru Abdullah Muhammad (38’) gave the 2012 CFU champion a 2-0 cushion before the half and Tyrone Charles (84’) netted a late insurance goal.
GROUP 3 (Harbour View, Jamaica)
At Harbour View Stadium, Alpha United struck in each half and defeated Trinidad & Tobago’s Defence Force, 2-0.
One day after celebrating his 23rd birthday, Andrew Murray (20’) gave the Guyana champion the lead. Grenada international Kithson Bain, who scored for Trinidad’s Caledonia AIA against Toluca in the current edition of the CONCACAF Champions League, sealed the victory three minutes after the interval.
News & Notes
- In order to assist teams with expenses associated of host their respective groups, CONCACAF officials presented checks in the amount of USD$20,000 dollars to Bayamon, Harbour View and AS Mirebalais.
- Each of three group winners will advance to the competition’s semifinals, where they will be joined by Haiti’s Valencia, which received a bye. The eventual finalists and winner of the match for third place will qualify for the 2014-15 CONCACAF Champions League.
Sunday - March 23, 2014
Group 1 – Puerto Rico
Unite Saint Rosienne v Bodden Town
Bayamon FC vs. Centro Dominguito
Group 2 – Haiti
Inter Moengotapoe vs. Caledonia AIA
AS Mirebalais vs. Waterhouse
Group 3 – Jamaica
Harbour View vs. Alpha United