Haiti edges Cuba for third in Caribbean Cup

Haiti's Pascal Millien (red jersey) attempts to make a cross against Cuba in the Caribbean Cup's third place match on November 18, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Haiti won the third place match in the Caribbean Cup for a second straight time, defeating Cuba 2-1 on Tuesday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Mechak Jerome and Wilde-Donald Guerrier netted second-half goals for the winner in an encounter that preceded the final to be played later in the evening between host Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago.  Ariel Martinez struck late for Cuba.

The action ebbed and flowed throughout the contest with momentum shifting frequently. 

Haiti was able to take slightly more advantage of play in its favor.  Shortly after an earlier effort saw Sebastien Thuriere hit the Cuban woodwork, Jerome knocked in a loose ball to give Les Grenadiers a 1-0 lead in the 56th minute.

After second-half substitute Wilde-Donald Guerrier made it 2-0 in the 85th minute with his second goal of the finals, Cuba halved the deficit.

The 2012 champion was rewarded with a splendid goal in the 89th minute as Ariel Martinez’s left-footed free kick from 25-yards out struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced over the line.

Cuba’s best scoring opportunities came in the first half.  From 26-yards out, Armando Curoneaux forced goalkeeper Dominique Jean Zephirin into a full-extension save in the ninth minute, while Orisbel Leiva blazed over the crossbar from seven yards after a Haitian defensive error.

Both sides had previously secured places in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.