Martinique tops Antigua, stays in contention

The play of substitute Kevin Parsemain (#17) was key in Martinique's Caribbean Cup win over Antigua & Barbuda on November 16, 2014, in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Martinique (1-1-1, 4 points, GD -1) scored twice in the second half to post a 2-0 win over Antigua & Barbuda (0-1-2, 1 point) in the 2014 Caribbean Cup finals on Sunday at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

The victory kept the Martinicans hopes alive of finishing second in Group B, a placement that would give them a spot in Tuesday’s match for third place as well as an automatic berth in the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup.  Their fate will be decided following a meeting between host Jamaica (1-1-0, 4 points, GD +3) and Haiti (1-1-0, 4 points, GD +3) later in the evening.  Antigua was eliminated from the competition.

In an encounter with much at stake, a steady first-half rain was a deterrent to attacking inclinations. 

The Antiguan cause, though, was buoyed by the play of goalkeeper Brentton Muhammad.  The 24-year-old made a pair of diving saves on efforts by Anthony Angely in the seventh and 34th minutes.

As the rain tapered off after the break, Martinique applied a heavier foot on the accelerator and went ahead in the 57th minute.

An unmarked Bedi Buval found the ball at his feet in the right side of the box, pounding it past a helpless Muhammad from nine-yards out.

The introduction of high-scoring forward Peter Byers injected energy into the Antigua offense. 

In the 62nd minute, the 30-year-old burst into the right side of the box only to see his shot be thwarted by preemptive goalkeeper Emmanuel Vermignon.  Seven minutes later, Byers had another effort blocked by a defender for a corner kick.

With Antigua pushing up with numbers in a bid to equalize, Martinique had multiple opportunities to increase its lead.

Second-half substitute Kevin Parsemain, after some fine footwork at the top of the 18-yard box, whistled an attempt wide of the right post.  The 1993 Caribbean Cup champion then had a goal disallowed for offside and fell prey to some resourceful goalkeeping by Muhammad.

Jose Goron finally netted the insurance goal in the 90th minute, slotting home from the middle of the box off Parsemain’s low cross from the left side. 

November 16, 2014: Montego Bay, Jamaica – Montego Bay Sports Complex
Antigua & Barbuda 0
Martinique 2 (Bedi Buval 57’; Jose Goron 90’)

Antigua & Barbuda: Brentton Muhammad; Joshua Parker, Connor Peters, Zaine Francis-Angol, Keiran Murtagh, Calaum Jahraldo-Martin, Quinton Griffith, Nathaniel Jarvis (Peter Byers 60’), Tamorley Thomas, Jorrin John (Tevaughn Harriette 77’), Akeem Thomas (Aaron Tumwa 49’)

Head Coach: Rolston Williams 

Martinique: Emmanuel Vermignon; Remi Mareval, Jean-Sylvain Babin, Mickael Malsa, Gael Germany, Geoffrey Malfleury (Jose Goron 75’), Lionel Ravi, Bedi Buval, Yoann Arquin, Anthony Angely (Kevin Parsemain 61’), Sebastien Cretinoir (Daniel Herelle 65’)

Head Coach: Ingemar Pieternella

R: Roberto Garcia (Mexico); AR 1: Ainsley Rochard (Trinidad & Tobago); AR 2: Ricardo Morgan (Jamaica); 4th: Leo Clarke (St. Lucia)