St. Kitts & Nevis, Estonia play to draw

St. Kitts & Nevis (pictured) gathers for a team photo before facing Estonia in an international friendly on November 19, 2016, in Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis. (Photo courtesy of St. Kitts & Nevis Football Association)

BASSETERRE, St. Kitts & Nevis -- St. Kitts & Nevis avoided defeat at the hands of European opposition for the second straight time, drawing 1-1 with visiting Estonia on Saturday night.

Last year, the Sugar Boys became the first Caribbean side to defeat a European team on its own soil, when they defeated Andorra, 1-0, on November 12, 2015.

On this occasion, SKN welcomed the Estonians to its Warner Park Stadium home and took a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute, when 25-year-old forward Devaughn Elliot hit the back of the net with a free kick from 30-yards out.

Estonia levelled in the 42nd minute through midfielder Rauno Sappinen’s first-ever international goal. 

The host brought on 19-year-old forward Tahir Hanley – one of the stars of the side that recently qualified for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-20 Championship – in the second half, but he couldn’t solve Estonia’s Canada-born goalkeeper Andreas Vaikla.

The match marked the third time SKN hosted a non-CONCACAF member in a friendly, also doing so against Chinese Taipei in 2002 (3-0 win) and Northern Ireland in 2004 (0-2 loss).

It was the second meeting between SKN and Estonia in slightly more than a year.  Estonia won 3-0 at home on November 17, 2015.

Next for Estonia is another friendly at Antigua & Barbuda on November 22.