Kervens Belfort (red jersey) celebrates after scoring one of his two goals against Martinique in a Caribbean Cup match on November 14, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Haiti capitalized on a pair of weather-related miscues to defeat Martinique 3-0 for its first 2014 Caribbean Cup finals win in a Group B match played under wet conditions at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.
Kervens Belfort scored two goals and Wilde-Donald Guerrier added the other.
The victory lifted the Haitians into first place provisionally on four points, three ahead of Martinique. Jamaica and Antigua & Barbuda, which face off later in the evening, also have one point each.
Heavy rain, which made ball control and footing difficult, was the main story of the opening half. In fact, the elements helped to produce a chance in the 42nd minute as Julien Faubert’s left-sided corner was sliced off the crossbar by a Haitian defender in an attempt to clear.
Unlike its tournament opener -- a 2-2 draw against Antigua & Barbuda on Wednesday -- Haiti did not tire after the break. It took a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute, when Pierre Jean Jacques played a ball over the top for Guerrier. The 25-year-old profited from his defender slipping on the slick surface and fired past goalkeeper Steeve Elana from 10-yards out.
Elana was at fault for the second goal, letting Jeff Louis’ shot from the right side of the box go through his hands and legs. Belfort was readily available for the most simple of tap-ins to make it 2-0.
Martinique tried to inch back into the game and nearly halved the deficit in the 75th minute, but Harry Novillo’s effort at the left post from nine-yards out was well-thwarted by goalkeeper Jhony Placide.
Belfort completed his brace in the 90th minute, receiving a feed from Emmanuel Sarki and slipping a shot beyond Elana from 16 yards for his third goal in two games.
2014 CFU CARIBBEAN CUP – FINAL ROUND
November 14, 2014: Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay Sports Complex
Haiti 1 (Wilde-Donald Guerrier 52’; Kervens Belfort 63’, 90’)
Martinique: Steeve Elana; Remi Mareval, Daniel Herelle, Jean-Sylvain Babin, Mickael Malsa (Mathias Coureur 63’), Geoffrey Malfleury (Harry Novillo 62’), Lionel Ravi, Antoine Jean Baptiste (Jose Goron 72’), Christopher Glombard, Yoann Arquin, Julien Faubert
Head Coach: Marianne Louis
Haiti: Jhony Placide; Kim Jaggy, Pierre Jean Jacques, Wilde-Donald Guerrier (Mechak Jerome 72’), Reginal Goreux, Jeff Louis (Soni Mustivar 85’), Pascal Millien, Dukens Nazon (Kervens Belfort 58’), Sebastien Maurice Thuriere, Judelin Aveska, Emmanuel Sarki
Head Coach: Marc Collat
R: Sherwin Moore (Guyana); AR 1: Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica); AR 2: Ainsley Rochard (Trinidad & Tobago); 4th: Roberto Garcia (Mexico)