Saint Lucia are now out of contention to make next month’s Caribbean Cup finals.
The boys in cerulean blue lost their second of three matches in their semi-final group against hosts Trinidad & Tobago on Friday night after losing 2-1 to Antigua-Barbuda on Wednesday evening.
On the latter occasion, before a crowd of some 3,000 at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, Saint Lucia went down 2-0 to Trinidad & Tobago’s Soca Warriors. Again, Saint Lucia looked a fairly solid unit, even after conceding a sixth minute goal to Central FC midfielder Ataullah Guerra. But Saint Lucia custodian Randy Poleon was a busy man throughout, virtually keeping the home team at bay. Eventually, however, he would succumb in the 68th minute. Trinidad & Tobago captain Kenwyne Jones nodded home from inside the six-yard box, having earlier provided the assist for Guerra’s goal.
Coming off a 6-1 walkover against Dominican Republic, Trinidad & Tobago had a much tougher time against the men from the eastern Caribbean, but Saint Lucia more often than not lacked enterprise going forward, and when they did advance, lacked the cutting edge to finish off the attack. With just two overseas-based players, both plying their trade with W Connection in Trinidad & Tobago, this was an entirely homegrown outfit.
With Antigua-Barbuda and Dominican Republic having played to a 0-0 draw earlier Friday night, Trinidad & Tobago has confirmed its status as one of the top two teams in the group on six points. Whether Antigua-Barbuda or Dominican Republic join them in the finals in Jamaica will depend on results of the two matches Sunday evening. But for Saint Lucia, they will be playing only for pride.
Given the level of football they have played in their first two fixtures, however, they can certainly look forward to getting something out of their final match.
Saint Lucia XI: R Poleon, K Frederick, S Emmanuel, P Williams, M St Prix, C Valcin, T Paul, L Joseph, J Joseph, R Felix, E Gabriel.