Action from the Caribbean Cup final-round match between Curacao (white jersey) and Trinidad & Tobago on November 11, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Only a goal by Trinidad & Tobago’s Kevin Molino separates the eight teams participating in the 2014 Caribbean Cup finals following the first two days of action.
Things really could not be much closer as three of the four encounters contested thus far have ended in draws, while Molino’s 52nd minute strike gave the Soca Warriors a 3-2 win over Curacao to kick-off the tournament.
Thursday ushers in the resumption of Group A play. Trinidad (1-0-0, 3 points) can become the first team from the region to qualify for next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup if it beats French Guiana (0-1-0, 1 point) in the first match of a doubleheader at the Montego Bay Sports Complex. A tilt between Curacao (0-0-1, 0 points) and defending champion Cuba (0-1-0, 1 point) will follow immediately afterwards.
CONCACAF.com takes a look at the happenings in Jamaica with the third installment of Caribbean Cup notebook:
Trinidad & Tobago v French Guiana, 5:30 p.m.
- In four 2014 Caribbean Cup matches (qualifying & finals), Trinidad & Tobago is a perfect 4-0-0 (12 GF, 3 GA)
- Kenwyne Jones and Kevin Molino are Trinidad’s co-top scorers in 2014 Caribbean Cup with five goals each
- Molino (four goals in qualifying, one in finals) has netted in three of the four matches … he struck for hat-trick in a second-round game against the Dominican Republic on October 8, 2014
- Jones (three goals in qualifying, two in finals) has netted in three of the four matches … he has a pair of two-goal performances: v Dominican Republic & v Curacao
- French Guiana is the only team to advance to the final round after opening the competition in the preliminary round
- Michael Solvi (90’+4) scored French Guiana’s lone goal in 1-1 draw v Cuba
- French Guiana’s Gabriel Pigree is the 2014 Caribbean Cup’s top overall scorer with eight goals, all in qualifying
- French Guiana scored the most goals in qualifying (22)
- French Guiana has only one win its last five 2014 Caribbean Cup outings (1W, 3D, 1L)
Curacao v Cuba, 8:00 p.m.
- Prior to netting twice in a 3-2 loss v Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao had scored one goal or fewer in its previous four 2014 Caribbean Cup matches
- Rihairo Meulens (18’), Gianluca Maria (48’) scored Curacao’s goals in loss to Trinidad
- Curacao has only one win in its last five 2014 Caribbean Cup outings (1W, 2D, 2L)
- Cuba is the Caribbean Cup’s defending champion, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 after extra time in the 2012 final on a 113th minute goal by Marcel Hernandez
- Ariel Martinez (57’) scored Cuba’s lone goal in 1-1 draw v French Guiana
KEEP AN EYE ON…
- Trinidad & Tobago’s high-scoring duo of Kenwyne Jones and Kevin Molino, as well as the ability of the French Guiana defense to stay strong when under duress.
- The strategic battle between Curacao and Cuba. A loss will eliminate Curacao and it will not want to fall behind as it did against Trinidad.
Stephen Hart (Head Coach, Trinidad & Tobago) on his team’s performance against Curacao: “We didn’t protect the ball well and we gave Curacao confidence. We will have to be much better if we are going to go on in this tournament,”
Walter Benitez (Head Coach, Cuba) on his game plan for facing Trinidad & Tobago: "Our idea in the next game is to continue to play the type of football we play. We’ll continue to do what we do and that’s our idea for the next game.”
Winfried Schafer (Head Coach, Jamaica) looking ahead to his team’s next game: “We have to learn. We have to watch for the next match which players, 11 players, is the best team against Antigua.”