Inter Moengo Tapoe, Bayamon punch CCCS Final tickets
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Inter Moengo Tapoe, Bayamon punch CCCS Final tickets

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MAYAGUEZ, Puerto Rico – Inter Moengo Tapoe of Suriname and host club Bayamon FC will play for the 2022 Concacaf Caribbean Shield (CCCS) championship after registering semifinal victories on Friday at the Estadio Centroamericano de Mayaguez in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

Inter Moengo Tapoe of Suriname will play in a Caribbean final for the second straight year after downing AS Gosier of Guadeloupe 4-0 in the first semifinal.

The 2021 Flow Concacaf Caribbean Club Championship runners-up enjoyed a dream start on Friday, with Gilberto Cronie scoring in the 15’ to make it 1-0.

Donnegy Fer then doubled the advantage to 2-0 in the 35’ to give Inter Moengo Tapoe a comfortable lead going into the second half.

Gosier were unable to find a response, allowing Inter Moengo Tapoe to put things away thanks to a Naldo Kwasie goal in the 79’ and a Dimitri Edouard own goal in the 88’ to round out the 4-0 score line.

In the nightcap there was no shortage of drama, as Bayamon overcame Jong Holland of Curacao, 3-2, scoring two goals in second half stoppage time to earn the victory.

Jong Holland grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 23’ when a Jurensley Martina penalty was initially saved, but Martina was alert and steered home the rebound for the goal.

Things heated up in the second half and Bayamon’s efforts of gaining an equalizer finally bore fruit in the 85’ when Daniel Almazan pounced on a loose ball and scored to make it 1-1.

Both sides were keen to find a winning score and Jong Holland believed that they found it when George De Brito finished off a one-two combination in the 90+5’ for a 2-1 advantage.

But Bayamon never threw in the towel and Kevin Hernandez brought the Boricuas back on level terms, 2-2, in the 90+7’ with a diving header.

With the late equalizer, it looked like matters would have to be settled in penalties, but Bayamon had different ideas, and in the final seconds, Georgie Rivera redirected a shot into net in the 90+13’ to deliver the dramatic 3-2 victory to the hosts.