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Caribbean U-17 Recap: Haiti, Cuba meet in final Sunday

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feat-cubau17-092316vjamaicau17Action from the Caribbean under-17 semifinal between Cuba (blue jersey) and Jamaica on September 23, 2016, in Couva, Trinidad & Tobago. (Photo: CA-Images)

COUVA, Trinidad & Tobago – Haiti and Cuba will meet in the final of the Caribbean qualifying competition for the 2017 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship after posting victories over Curacao and Jamaica, respectively, on Friday at Ato Boldon Stadium.

Each of the four semifinalists had previously earned berths to the CONCACAF event, which will be played in Panama from April 21-May 7, 2017. The field also include the host nation, Canada, Mexico, Suriname, the United States and three yet-to-be-determined Central American sides.

In the opener, after Luchenthly Vrutaal’s 11th minute penalty kick gave Suriname an initial lead, Haiti scored three unanswered goals for a 3-1 win. Steeve Selso Saint-Duc leveled in the 14th minute with his team-high fourth goal of the tournament, while Steeve Mondestin netted what proved to be the game-winner from the penalty spot in the 71st minute. Louidon Casseus added an insurance goal with two minutes left in normal time.

Cuba improved to 4-0-0 – the only team in the competition with a perfect record — thanks to a 1-0 triumph over Jamaica. Brian Savigne extended his scoring streak to three games, netting in the 59th minute for his team-best fourth goal. Jamaica played the last 27 minutes a man down following Jamoi Topey’s ejection for a pair yellow cards.

Ato Boldon Stadium will also be the venue for the last day of play on Sunday as Curacao and Jamaica meet for third place, followed by the Haiti-Cuba decider.

2016 CARIBBEAN UNDER-17 QUALIFYING – FINAL ROUND

Trinidad & Tobago

September 16-25, 2016

GROUP A (Ato Boldon Stadium – Couva, Trinidad & Tobago)

Haiti 3-2-1-0-7-0-7

Jamaica 3-2-1-0-9-4-7

Trinidad & Tobago 3-1-0-2-5-7-3

Bermuda 3-0-0-3-4-14-0

September 16, 2016

Bermuda 2, Jamaica 6

Rahzir Jones 30’; Tokia Russell 81’ / Raewin Senior 5’; Kaheem Parris 17’ pen, 72’; Kendall Edwards 36’; Nicque Daley 42’; own-goal, Tokia Russell 90’+1

Trinidad & Tobago 0, Haiti 2

Nael Wellofky Elysee 22’; Steeve Selso Saint-Duc 67’

September 18, 2016

Jamaica 0, Haiti 0

Trinidad & Tobago 3, Bermuda 2

Che Benny 70’; Jaydon Prowell 73’, 90’+2 / Tokia Russell 11’, 26’

September 20, 2016

Haiti 5, Bermuda 0

Nael Wellofky Elysee 2’; Steeve Selso Saint-Duc 45’+2, 70’; Steeve Mondestin 65’; own-goal, Edry Moore 86’

Trinidad & Tobago 2, Jamaica 3

Nion Lammy 47’; Jaydon Prowell 57’ / Raewin Senior 13’, 74’; Nicque Daley 35’

GROUP B (Hasely Crawford Stadium — Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago)

Cuba 3-3-0-0-10-2-9

Curacao 3-1-1-1-4-3-4

Suriname 3-1-0-2-4-5-3

Guadeloupe 3-0-1-2-0-8-1

September 17, 2016

Suriname 2, Guadeloupe 0

Achero Hoever 21’, 52’

Cuba 2, Curacao 1

Yandry Romero 37’; Ribaldo Roldan 78’ / Shurendric Fransinet 57’ pen

September 19, 2016

Guadeloupe 0, Cuba 6

Yandry Romero 31’; Ribaldo Roldan 35’; Cristian Turka 58’; Manuel Cruz 75’; Brian Savigne 86’ pen, 90’+3

Suriname 1, Curacao 3

Jenairo Eenig 4’ / Nathan Bernadina 10’, 29’; Shurendric Fransinet 45’+1

September 21, 2016

Curacao 0, Guadeloupe 0

Cuba 2, Suriname 1

Ronaldo Rosette 45’+1; Brian Savigne 81’ / Jenairo Eenig 45’

SEMIFINALS (Ato Boldon Stadium – Couva, Trinidad & Tobago)

September 23, 2016

Haiti 3, Curacao 1

Steeve Selso Saint-Duc 14’; Steeve Mondestin 71’ pen; Louidon Casseus 88’ / Luchenthly Vrutaal 11’ pen

Cuba 1, Jamaica 0

Brian Savigne 59’

THIRD PLACE MATCH (Ato Boldon Stadium – Couva, Trinidad & Tobago)

September 25, 2016: Curacao v Jamaica

FINAL (Ato Boldon Stadium – Couva, Trinidad & Tobago)

September 25, 2016: Haiti v Cuba

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