Jamaica's Jobi McAnuff (#10) dribbles down the field against Martinique in their Caribbean Cup final-round match on November 12, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – While Trinidad & Tobago sealed the first of Group A’s two spots in next year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup on Thursday, nothing similar will be decided Friday, when Group B play in the Caribbean Cup finals resumes at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Both games contested in the group thus far ended in draws as Haiti and Antigua & Barbuda battled to a 2-2 deadlock, while host Jamaica and Martinique were knotted at 1-1.
Those intriguing encounters, played on Wednesday, highlighted the strengths and exposed the flaws of each of the competitors.
A persistent question will be how they respond on the pitch after having a day to train more thoroughly.
The sides that can best banish weaknesses or veil limitations will find themselves in an advantageous position come the final day of group play on Sunday.
CONCACAF.com takes a look at the happenings in Jamaica with the fourth installment of Caribbean Cup Notebook:
Martinique v Haiti, 5:30 p.m.
- Yoann Arquin (29’) scored Martinique’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Jamaica on Wednesday
- Martinique has one Caribbean Cup title, outlasting Jamaica 6-5 on penalty kicks in the 1993 final after a 0-0 draw
- Martinique is unbeaten in 2014 Caribbean Cup play (qualifying & finals) with a 4-3-0 record, scoring 17 goals and conceding eight
- Julien Faubert (5), Gael Germany (4) and Jose Goron (4) combined to score 13 of Martinique’s 16 goals in qualifying
- Martinique has scored two or more goals in four of its seven 2014 Caribbean Cup games
- Julien Faubert scored 1 goal in his only international appearance for France … the 31-year-old currently plays for Bordeaux in France and had previously for Real Madrid and West Ham United
- Haiti defeated Martinique 1-0 after extra time in the match for the third place at the 2012 Caribbean Cup … Leonel Saint Preux scored in the game-winning goal in the 94th minute
- Jean Alcenat (23’) and Kervens Belfort (36’) scored for Haiti in its 2-2 draw with Antigua & Barbuda on Wednesday
- Jean Alcenat and Kervens Belfort were Haiti’s top scorers in qualifying with two goals each
- Haiti is one of only five teams to win the Caribbean Cup, defeating Trinidad & Tobago 2-1 in the 2007 final
- Haiti went unbeaten in qualifying with a 1-2-0 record, scoring six goals and conceding four
- Haiti has conceded two goals in three of its four 2014 Caribbean Cup games
Jamaica v Antigua & Barbuda, 8:00 p.m.
- Darren Mattocks (13’) scored Jamaica’s only goal in a 1-1 draw against Martinique on Wednesday
- Jamaica qualified for Caribbean Cup finals as the host
- Jamaica has won five Caribbean Cup titles (1991, 1998, 2005, 2005, 2008, 2010)
- Forward Dane Richards shared the Golden Boot award with Grenada’s Kithson Bain in the final round of the 2010 Caribbean Cup on three goals each
- Myles Weston (58’) and Peter Byers (60’) scored for Antigua & Barbuda in its 2-2 draw with Haiti on Wednesday
- Antigua & Barbuda went unbeaten in five of six qualifying matches (4-1-1) with its only loss coming against Trinidad & Tobago (1-0) in the second round on October 12, 2014
- Antigua & Barbuda conceded one goal or fewer in each of its six qualifiers, including two shutouts
- Antigua & Barbuda is winless in its last three Caribbean Cup games (0W, 2D, 1L)
- Keiran Murtagh was Antigua & Barbuda’s top scorer in qualifying with three goals, including two in a 6-0 win over Anguilla
- Peter Byers scored two goals in qualifying and has struck 10 times in 17 all-time World Cup qualifiers
KEEP AN EYE ON…
- The forwards that Jamaica head coach Winfried Schafer decides upon to lead the attack. Darren Mattocks netted in the opener, but other scoring opportunities were not seized in a 1-1 draw against Martinique.
- Antigua & Barbuda’s defense, which did not concede more than one goal in qualifying, but allowed two against Haiti.
- Antigua & Barbuda goalkeeper Molvin James, who was spectacular against Haiti.
- The contest that will develop between French-speaking rivals Haiti and Martinique. Will both sides play it close to the vest and will attacking football be on order?
Julien Faubert (Midfielder, Martinique) on upcoming game against Haiti: “Everything is open. The next game is going to be the most important for all the teams. It’s going to be a tough game against Haiti. It is the group of death, so we’ll see.”
Roston Wiiliams (Head Coach, Antigua & Barbuda) on the performance of goalkeeper Molvin James in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw with Haiti: “Molvin is a veteran. We have a lot of confidence in him. We know what he can do. I just want to give him all the praise because I think that he really deserves it.”
Winfried Schafer (Head Coach, Jamaica) on Wednesday’s 1-1 draw with Martinique: "The players wanted to win the match and they want to win the cup. I think they were rushing it. They were hasty in trying to make goals. I think the players were really just over-excited and they made mistakes,"