Balanced Haiti tops St. Kitts & Nevis at CU20

Haiti's Bryan Chevreuil (pictured) scored a brilliant goal against St. Kitts & Nevis in a CONCACAF Under-20 Championship match on February 18, 2017, in Tibas, San Jose, Costa Rica. (Photo: Victor Straffon/Straffon)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica – Haiti ended its seven-game winless streak in CONCACAF Under-20 Championship play with a 5-1 victory over St. Kitts & Nevis in the 2017 opener for each on Saturday at the Estadio Ricardo Saprissa.

The result provisionally places the Grenadiers atop the Group B table, with the United States and Panama scheduled to square off later in the afternoon.

A misplay helped to give Haiti a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute.  Alessandro Campoy delivered a right-sided corner kick that took a deflection inside the six-yard box.  St. Kitts & Nevis defender Xavier French then twisted an attempted clearance towards his own net, allowing Jimmy-Shammar Sanon to apply a finishing touch as the ball neared the left post.

Bryan Chevreuil made it 2-0 in the 24th minute with what is sure to be a candidate for the goal of the tournament.  The 19-year-old midfielder gained possession 36 yards from the net, chipping over a defender and eluding two others, before striking with his right-foot from 17-yards out.

Four minutes after the break, Campoy stripped a defender and raced into the box to extend the advantage to 3-0.

St. Kitts & Nevis looked to rally in the 54th minute as Javier Sutton headed in from seven-yards out after Haiti couldn’t properly clear Yohannes Mitchum’s right-sided corner kick.

The rally would fall short, though, with Jonel Desire and Ronaldo Damus adding insurance goals for Haiti in the 86th minute and the third minute of stoppage time, respectively, to complete the scoreline.

 What’s next?

On February 21, Haiti will face the United States, while St. Kitts & Nevis looks to bounce back against Panama.