Noah “Lucky” Nicholas scored his third goal in two games, but it was mere consolation as Saint Lucia lost badly to the host nation in the second round of Group A matches at the Finals of the Caribbean Football Union Under-17 Qualifiers in Port Au Prince, Haiti.
Riding high after beating Trinidad & Tobago in their opening match, Saint Lucia conceded in the 17th minute, Johnson Jeudy scoring for Haiti, and then again in the 31st (Ronaldo Damus) and 45th (Bicou Bissainthe). Within five minutes of the restart, Haiti was four goals to the good through Jude Maitre, who scored twice more after Saint Lucia’s Nicholas gave his team the tiniest lifeline in the 61st minute.
Meanwhile, also in Group A, Trinidad & Tobago handed Barbados their second straight loss, winning 3-0 via Anthony Herbert in the 19th minute, Tekay Hoyace in the 50th and Dereem Daniels in the 77th.
Saint Lucia still has a mathematical chance of winning the group, but their hopes of finishing second and playing the runners-up from Group B on Sunday might be more realistic.
Saint Lucia can still top the group by beating Barbados by a margin of at least eight in Thursday’s early game, if Trinidad & Tobago beats Haiti by three in the nightcap. But a victory by any margin over Barbados would mean that a Haiti win, a draw in the late match, or an improbably large win by the young Soca Warriors would put Saint Lucia into second place.
It’s still all to play for Thursday.