• Monday Mar 09, 2015

    Canada defeats St. Lucia, stays unbeaten at CU17

    Players from Costa Rica (pictured) celebrate after scoring against Panama in CONCACAF Under-17 Championship match on March 9, 2015, in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. (Photo: Mexsport)

    SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras – Canada trails Mexico on goal difference only for first place in Group B after beating St. Lucia 3-1 in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on Monday at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano.

    The result eliminated Panama from contention, but set-up what promises to be a tense last day of Group B play on Thursday, as Canada (3-1-0, 10 points), Mexico (3-1-0, 10 points) and Costa Rica (3-0-1, 9 points) all have a chance to finish atop the table and earn a direct place in the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.

    In an encounter that was marked by another laudable St. Lucia performance, the Canadians took a 34th minute lead.  From the right side, the influential Munir Saleh played a short pass to Tristan Borges, who delivered a superbly weighted diagonal ball into the box for Daniel Sagno.  The Vancouver Whitecaps youth standout controlled with his chest and right-footed home from the edge of the six-yard box.

    Just a minute later, Duwayne Ewart doubled the advantage.  The midfielder ran onto a ball played out of the back, headed it into the box and coolly finished from seven yards off the hand of goalkeeper Viannie George.

    Similar to the entire tournament, however, St. Lucia did not divert from its game plan and saw that persistence rewarded in the 44th minute.  Zachernus Simon’s header off a left-sided cross from Jamie Prospere was saved by goalkeeper Luciano Trasolini.  The rebound fell to Cassius Joseph, who found the back of the net from inside the goal box to make it 2-1.

    The second half was a rather tame affair, but Canada was able to put another goal on the scoreboard.

    In the 57th minute, Ewart tried to dribble into the middle of the St. Lucia box.  The ball was deflected by a defender and rolled to the left, where a grateful Ballou Tabla was there to right-foot into the far-side netting and complete the scoreline. 

    On Thursday, Canada will square off against Panama and St. Lucia will meet Haiti (0-0-4, 0 points) in an all-Caribbean match-up.  Mexico and Costa Rica will battle in the tripleheader’s opener.

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