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Saint Lucia goes top in Caribbean Cup NY

By Terry Finisterre, Sport Correspondent

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Week four of the Caribbean Cup New York Soccer Tournament saw wins for Team St Kitts-Nevis over Panama, and Team Haiti over Antigua & Barbuda.

But despite providing plenty of fireworks, the mouthwatering clash between former champions Saint Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago ended in a stalemate.

TTO came in with a win and a loss from their first two games. Saint Lucia had demolished Antigua-Barbuda the previous week.

The Soca Ballers from the southern Caribbean, under the guidance of coach Tony Henry, appeared to be having much the better of the game early on.

But it was against the run of play that Taj Marcellin got on the scoresheet for the second week in a row. TTO custodian Marcus Maurice mistimed his clearing kick, and the ball fell instead to Marcellin just outside the area. The game was just seven minutes old.

Five minutes later, Conrad Smith latched onto a ball just inside the 18-yard box, and deftly slid the ball past an advancing Chad Amari Phillip for the equalizer.

Following the break, the game settled into an intriguing midfield battle, and in the last 10 minutes, both teams began pushing for the win, cheered on by the vociferous crowd.

But it ended 1-1, with Saint Lucia now atop the Western zone, which also includes St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Antigua-Barbuda. Trinidad and Tobago are in second place.

This weekend, Saint Lucia are off. St Vincent and the Grenadines will play Dominica, whilst Jamaica will face Guyana, both games at Jefferson High School Field in Brooklyn, New York.

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