Previously eliminated Caribbean rivals Trinidad & Tobago and Cuba, concluded their participation in the 2015 CONCACAF Under-17 Championship in Honduras, with a 2-2 draw yesterday at the Estadio Francisco Morazan.
The result was Cuba’s fourth consecutive stalemate after opening with a loss, while Trinidad and Tobago acquired its only point on the heels of four straight losses.
Jamaica edged the USA on penalties and Honduras won against Guatemala in group-deciding encounters.In a match of two halves played at dissimilar rates of speed, Cuba took a 1-0 lead in the sixth minute.
Yosniel Gonzalez burst into the left side of the penalty area and directed a pass on the ground towards the six-yard box. As he attempted to block the feed, the ball took a slight deflection off Tekay Hoyce’s foot, spinning oddly towards the goal line. Eduard Puga reacted with precision to that change of direction, to slam home easily from two-yards out.
Realizing it was their last chance to register a win in the competition, both teams emerged from the break in attacking moods.
Trinidad levelled in the 65th minute through Kareem Riley, who fired in from 30-yards, out with his right foot for one of the tournament’s most memorable strikes.
Six minutes later, the Soca Warriors took a lead for the first time in the competition. A right-sided corner kick was played diagonally to the top left corner of the box. Team captain Noah Powder, received the ball and unleashed a low shot that went off the hands of goalkeeper, Lazaro Garcia before going into the net.
Cuba, however, would not be denied yet another draw and, like Trinidad, netted off a corner kick. The outstanding Raycharle Herrera lofted a left-sided delivery into the box, to which Carlos Borromeo beat two defenders, heading powerfully beyond Tyrek James to complete the scoreline.