Players from Antigua & Barbuda (pictured) celebrate after scoring against Guyana in Caribbean Cup match on September 7, 2014, at the Antigua Recreation Grounds in St. John's. (Photo: Thaddeus Price)
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Martinique, Curacao, Antigua & Barbuda and St. Kitts & Nevis completed first-round play as group winners to progress in the 2014 Caribbean Cup.
Also advancing are runners-up St. Lucia, Barbados, French Guiana and St. Vincent & the Grenadines, plus the Dominican Republic as the best third-place finisher.
In the second round, they will all join Guadeloupe, Haiti and Trinidad & Tobago, which received byes.
CONCACAF.com recaps of Sunday’s action.
GROUP 3 (at Fort de France, Martinique -- Stade Pierre-Aliker)
Bonaire 1, Barbados 4
Mario Harte (74’ pen, 76’) scored a pair of second-half goals as Barbados (1-1-1, 4 points) outraced Bonaire (1-0-2, 3 points) 4-1 to clinch second place. Without a win in their two earlier outings, Barbados emerged from a goalless first half in a determined mood. Its England-based defender Emmerson Boyce (55’) opened the scoring, before Romario Harewood (67’) doubled the lead. Bonaire got on the scoresheet courtesy of a late Yurick Seinpaul (90’+3) penalty kick.
Martinique 0, Suriname 0
Host Martinique (2-1-0, 7 points) topped the group despite being held to a 0-0 draw by last-place Suriname.
GROUP 4 (at Bayamon, Puerto Rico -- Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel)
French Guiana 0, Curacao 0
In a top-of-the-table clash, Curacao (1-2-0, 5 points) and French Guiana (1-2-0, 5 points) played to a scoreless draw. With both sides even on points, goal difference and head-to-head tiebreakers, Curacao took first with most goal scored.
Puerto Rico 2 Grenada 2
In a back-and-forth encounter, Puerto Rico (0-2-1, 2 points) drew 2-2 with Grenada (0-2-1, 2 points) as both sides were eliminated from the competition. Puerto Rico captain Hector Ramos (29’), before Terry James (56’) leveled early in the second half. The host regained the lead through substitute Alex Oikkonen (68’), but Alpha United star Kithson Bain (85’) knotted the score with five minutes left in normal time.
GROUP 5 (at St. John’s, Antigua & Barbuda -- Antigua Recreation Grounds)
Anguilla 0, Dominican Republic 10
The Dominican Republic (1-0-2, 3 points) secured a place in the next round with a 10-0 win over Anguilla (0-0-3, 0 points). After finishing even on points with Group 3’s Bonaire, on goal difference (+8 to -8). An own-goal by Kyle Kentish (20’) got the ball rolling, as four players went on to net braces: Rony Beard (32’, 62’), Kirby Rodriguez (41’, 53’) Jonathan Faña Farias (44’, 87’) and Domingo Peralta (86, 88’). Samuel Zayas (90’+1) completed the scorelines.
Antigua & Barbuda 2, St. Vincent & the Grenadines 1
Host Antigua & Barbuda rallied from a goal down to beat spirited St. Vincent & the Grenadines, 2-1. Overseas-based defender Akeem Thomas (81’) leveled for the host after Nazir McBurnette (45’+1) had given St. Vincent the lead late in the first half. McBurnette had latched onto a ball just inside the 18 yards box to hit past goalkeeper Brentton Muhammed. Just as he did in the Friday’s contest against the Dominican Republic, substitute Nathaniel Jarvis made an impact. The striker picked up a lobbed ball outside the penalty area to outpace two defenders and hit beyond diving goalkeeper Dwayne Sandy for the game-winner in the second minute of stoppage time.
GROUP 6 (at Basseterre, St. Kitts & Nevis – Warner Park)
St. Lucia 2, Dominica 1
St. Lucia (2-1-0, 7 points) defeated Dominica (0-1-2, 1 point) 2-1 to finish the first round with an unbeaten record. Magnum Valcin (13’, 76’) netted both goals in the win, while Julian Wade (68’) tied the game for a brief period in the second half.
St. Kitts & Nevis 2, Guyana 0
St. Kitts & Nevis (2-1-0, 7 points) blanked Guyana (0-1-2, 1 point) 2-0 to qualify for the next round while topping the group on goal difference over St. Lucia (+7 to +3). Zephaniah Thomas (53’) and captain Atiba Harris (60’) scored for the host.