French Guiana defeats Curacao, stays in contention

Gilles Fabien (#21) scored two goals in French Guiana's 4-1 Caribbean Cup victory over Curacao on November 15, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Gilles Fabien scored two goals and French Guiana (1-1-1, 4 points) remained alive in the Caribbean Cup finals with a 4-1 win over Curacao (0-0-3, 0 points) on Saturday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The result lifted the side from the north of South America into a provisional tie with Cuba (1-1-0, 4 points) for second place in Group A. 

To close the doubleheader later in the evening, the Cubans will need to avoid defeat against first-place Trinidad & Tobago (2-0-0, 6 points) for a spot in Tuesday’s match for third place and a berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.  Anything less and French Guiana will qualify for the biennial Confederation event on goal difference.

French Guiana, needing to win by a significant margin, came out of the gate flying.

In the ninth minute, though, already-eliminated Curacao nearly grabbed the lead, when a Prince Rajcomar effort was saved off the line by a lunging Serge Lesperance at the left post.

As nerves settled, the French Guianese started to take measure of the match.

In the 18th minute, they went ahead 1-0 as Brian St. Clair netted his second goal of the final round, heading a right-sided cross off the left post and over the line.

Five minutes later, a rampaging run down the right by St. Clair resulted in an attempt from the top of the 18-yard box that forced goalkeeper Jarzinho Pieter into a diving save.

With an offense firing on all cylinders, French Guiana doubled its advantage in the 26th minute.  Fabien got loose in the box, feigned to send Pieter to the ground and dribbled left, before slotting home from six-yards out.

Nourished by its ruthless approach, French Guiana made 3-0 in the 34th minute.  Niki Adipi found the back of the net after holding off a defender in the box.

Fabien completed his brace and a Player of the Match performance in 64th minute, before being replaced by Sylvio Breleur.

Though there was no doubt about the final result, Curacao continued to attack and grabbed a consolation goal through Rihairo Meulens with six minutes left in normal time.



November 15, 2014: Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay Sports Complex

French Guiana 4 (Brian St. Clair 18’; Gilles Fabien 26’, 64’; Niki Adipi 34’)

Curacao 1 (Rihairo Meulens 84’)

French Guiana: Donovan Leon; Rudy Evens (Marc Arnaud Mona 46’), Serge Lesperance, Albert Ajaisso (Alain Moges 75’), Brian St. Clair, Roy Contout, Niki Adipi, Gregory Lescot, Kevin Rimane, Gilles Fabien (Sylvio Breleur 73’), Jean-David Legrand

Head Coach: Karam Jair

Curacao: Jarzinho Pieter; Rhuently Martina, Vidarrell Merencia, Prince Rajcomar, Rihairo Meulens, Gevaro Nepomuceno (Gianluca Maria 55’), Shelton Martis (Hartleyson Dometilia 69’), Charlton Vicento (Mirco Colina 59’), Shannon Carmelia, Luidjino Hojer

Head Coach: Ingemar Pieternella 


R: Leo Clarke (St. Lucia); AR 1: Venton Mars (Guyana); AR 2: Jeremy Holland (Bahamas); 4th: Sandy Vasquez (Dominican Republic)