NEW YORK - W Connection of Trinidad beat Bath Estate of Dominica 5-0 on Wednesday, opening its bid for a third Caribbean Club Champions Cup title with an impressive victory away from home.
Hughton Hector scored three times and Jonathan Frias and Kerron Smith added one each for W Connection, which will host the second leg of the first-round series on March 25 in Marabella.
In another game Wednesday, Ives Vlijter scored a pair of second-half goals to lift Suriname's Inter Mangoe Tapoe to a 3-1 victory over CSD Barber in the Netherlands Antilles. Edgard Cassiani gave CSD Barber a brief lead in the 34th, but Sirano Amoeferie equalized for Inter three minutes later. The first legs of the three remaining series are set for later this week. On Saturday, Alpha United of Guayana will host Haiti's Tempete FC, and Sevilla FC of Puerto Rico will be at home against the Green Bay Hoppers of Antigua.
The first legs of the first round will finish Sunday with SA Cavaly of Haiti host SV Britannia of Aruba.
The winners will advance along with San Juan Jabloteh of Trinidad for a second two-leg round in mid-April. The winners of the second round will qualify for single-game semifinals in Trinidad May 15 with the Puerto Rico Islanders. The final and third-place match will be played March 17 in Trinidad with three teams qualifying for next season's CONCACAF Champions League.
CFU Club Champions Cup
Results and Schedule
Wednesday, March 18
Bath Estate (Dominica) 0, W Connection (Trinidad) 5
CSD Barber (Netherlands Antilles) 1, Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname) 3
Saturday, March 21
Alpha United (Guyana) vs. Tempete FC (Haiti)
Sevilla FC (Puerto Rico) vs. Green Bay Hoppers (Antigua)
Sunday, March 22
SA Cavaly (Haiti) vs. SV Britannia (Aruba)
Wednesday, March 25
W Connection (Trinidad) vs. Bath Estate (Dominica)
Inter Moengo Tapoe (Suriname) vs. CSD Barber (Antigua)
Sunday, March 29
Tempete FC (Haiti) vs. Alpha United (Guyana)
Green Bay Hoppers (Antigua) vs. Sevilla FC (Puerto Rico)
Monday, March 30
SV Britannia (Aruba) vs. SA Cavaly (Haiti)
First Leg: April 13
Second Leg: April 20
*San Juan Jabloteh (Trinidad) vs. Moengo Tapoe-Barber winner
*Greenbay-Sevilla winner vs. Tempete-Alpha United winner
*W Connection-Bath Estate winner vs. Cavaly-Britannia winner
*hosts first leg
Semifinal winners and the Puerto Rico Islanders will be drawn for single-game semifinals after the second round is complete. The semifinals will be played May 15 in Trinidad, which also will stage the final and third-place match two days later.