Team St. Kitts and Nevis’ Gold Cup dream came to a calamitous end Sunday evening, suffering not only a 2 goal to nil loss to Haiti, but an on field fight between two of its own players.
The Sugar Boyz went into the third round match of the CFU Caribbean Cup against Haiti needing a win to qualify for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup- a first in the federation’s football history. The Warner Park Stadium was washed in red as fans turned out in their numbers to potentially be a part of history.
The Sugar Boyz appeared somewhat ball-shy, playing mostly a defensive game throughout the first 90 minutes. Haiti, on the hand, played a more aggressive offensive game, dominating ball possession for most of the match.
Neither team was able to capitalize on their goal attempts and at the end of regulation time, the score was nil-nil.
Things completely fell apart for the Sugar Boyz in the extra 30 minutes of play. Haiti scored the first goal of the match in the first of the two 15-minute halves of overtime.
In the second 15-minute half a fight broke out on the field between two St. Kitts-Nevis players- Goal keeper Julani Archibald and midfielder Jason St. Juste, resulting in a red card for St. Juste, which only compounded the Sugar Boyz’ troubles.
Haiti sealed the deal with a second goal near the end of overtime.
WINN FM spoke with St. Kitts-Nevis’ head coach Jacque Passy for a post game comment:
“The first 90 minutes of game plan was executed ideally; we didn’t score, we didn’t quite finish some of the multiple choices and options we had. After the first 90 minutes the red card to Jason St. Juts really hurt us. On the 1-0 I thought we had a pretty legitimate chance of coming back but regretfully a red card in these types of circumstances in the extra time is pretty difficult.
“We tried to attack as much as we could and we had eight [opportunities] in front of the goalie…so that’s not being defensive, that’s not finishing in the right way. It’s not about possessions; it’s about the number of opportunities in front of the goal.
“I’d give the team an 8 or 8.5 overall for the first 90 minutes. I don’t think a single player was a 9, 9.5 or 10 tonight”
WINN FM also got President of the St. Kitts and Nevis Football Association, Anthony Johnson’s take on the Sugar Boyz’ defeat:
“I want to commend team St. Kitts-Nevis notwithstanding the loss because clearly we fought to the end. The loss is a very disappointing one however because obviously it means we do not now qualify for the Gold Cup. I want to say that what we’ve done over the last few months and even years, is build the foundation for success in the future, and notwithstanding the loss tonight I’m proud of the guys.”
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SOURCE: WINN FM – LK Hewlett