St Lucia, St Kitts draw blanks as Guadeloupe down St Maarten in Group A of League B

By Sports Desk November 16, 2023
Matthias Phaeton celebrates after scoring against St Maarteen. Matthias Phaeton celebrates after scoring against St Maarteen. Concacaf

Guadeloupe consolidated their lead atop Group A in League B of the Concacaf Nations League, following a 2-0 win over St Maarten, while St Lucia and St Kitts and Nevis played out a goalless draw on Thursday.

The results saw Guadeloupe move to 12 points, two points ahead of St Lucia on 10 points, as they chase promotion to League A. St Kitts and Nevis and St Maarten are on four and three points respectively.

St Kitts and Nevis vs. St Lucia

It was a night of mishits for St Kitts and Nevis and St Lucia at the SKNFA Technical Center in Basseterre.

Ronaldo Belgrove had a driving effort towards goal in the third minute, but St Lucia's Melvin Doxilly averted the danger.

Belgrove had a better look two minutes later with a rifle towards goal, but this time goalkeeper Vino Barclett got in the way.

Omari Sterling-James of St Kitts and Nevis tried his luck in the 25th, while Raheem Somersall had an attempt five minutes later.

Caniggia Elva had the best chance for the visitors in the 41st, but goalkeeper Julani Archibald proved equal to the task.

Both teams continued to give as good as they got, as they continued to throw their weight in attack, but couldn't find the elusive winner.

 

St Maarten vs. Guadeloupe

Guadeloupe continued winning ways against St Maarten at the Wildey Turf Stadium in Wildey, Barbados.

They generated quality chances early with Matthias Phaeton getting a look on frame in the 10th minute.

Imar Kort had the best look for St Maarten in the 23rd with a hit from the middle of the field.

Ange Plumain also went close in the 39th, with Phaeton again proving a menace in the 45th, but failed to get on target for the breakthrough.

It wasn't until the 65th minute that the deadlock was finally broken courtesy of Plumain, who made no mistakes from close range.

Phaeton should have extended the lead in the 70th, but again failed to get his effort on goal at that point.

Kort had a direct shot towards goal, but goalkeeper Davy Rouyard was on hand to deny the effort.

Phaeton found the back of the net five minutes into second half stoppage time to ice the game and seal the three points.

Related items

  • Ben Smith proud of Ramsgate’s FA Cup run despite defeat at AFC Wimbledon Ben Smith proud of Ramsgate’s FA Cup run despite defeat at AFC Wimbledon

    Ben Smith insists he is proud of Ramsgate’s FA Cup run despite elimination following a 5-0 defeat against AFC Wimbledon at Plough Lane.

    Iraq international Ali Al-Hamadi scored twice for the Dons, with Jake Reeves, Josh Neufville and Connor Lemonheigh-Evans also finding the net.

    The Rams started the evening as the lowest-ranked team left in this season’s competition, but the five-goal defeat means they miss out on a home clash with Championship high-flyers Ipswich.

    However, Smith was delighted to see his side stick to their style of play against EFL opposition.

    “I am proud of the boys, I thought they gave it their all,” he said.

    “I can’t say a player didn’t give me everything, they went to the last minute, and we did it in bucket loads.

    “I think at times we did show some composure, and we did move the ball well, I just think we came up against a much better and stronger level of opposition than we are used to.

    “They pressed the life out of us at times, we just didn’t have the answers in terms of forward passes.

    “I would liked to have seen us score a goal, we had a couple of chances and their keeper pulled off a great save in the first half.

    “It was just not to be, but I am proud of the players, it is not about tonight it is about the journey.

    “You can see from the support at the end there, it was incredible.

    “We move forward, it is about the league now, and this club needs to be higher than it is, that is our job, and we will use this as a springboard.”

    Johnnie Jackson believes the Tractor Boys will provide a tough test when they travel to south London in the third round.

    He said: “They are a top side and they are doing a great job there.

    “They are doing some great stuff, and they have a chance of going up to the Premier League this year with what they are doing in the Championship.

    “It will be a really tough game, but we know that, but we have been excellent here of late.

    “That is five on the bounce now at home, so we feel like we can match teams, especially here.

    “It will be the other way round, we will be looking to cause the shock and they will be looking to get the job done.

    “The Ramsgate fans were class, they really added to the atmosphere of the game and they will probably be a bit disappointed that they did not see their team score.

    “Credit to them, credit to Ben and his team, they have done themselves proud.”

  • Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he wants to keep goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists he wants to keep goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale

    Mikel Arteta insists he wants to keep Aaron Ramsdale – but refused to rule out the England goalkeeper leaving Arsenal in January.

    Ramsdale lost his position as Arteta’s first-choice goalkeeper earlier this season following the arrival of David Raya on loan from Brentford.

    Since September 3, Ramsdale has made just three appearances – two of which came in the Carabao Cup, with his one Premier League game in that time coming with Raya ineligible against the Bees.

     

    View this post on Instagram

    A post shared by Aaron Ramsdale (@aaronramsdale)

    With his place at Euro 2024 in the balance as he continues to warm the bench at the Emirates Stadium, Ramsdale’s future is seemingly up in the air.

     

    Arteta recently urged Ramsdale to be patient over any decision, saying the situation could look very different in March.

    A shoulder injury to England colleague Nick Pope, however, could see Newcastle in the market for another goalkeeper in January.

    Asked if he would be open to selling Ramsdale to Newcastle, Arteta replied: “I want Aaron with us.

    “I am very happy to have two very, very good goalkeepers and Aaron is staying with us.

    “We want to be better, so we want to add to what we already have. That’s the intention that we have.”

    But, when pushed on whether he would categorically rule out a January switch for Ramsdale, the Spaniard added: “I won’t do that to any player. Any player.

    “I cannot tell you that any Arsenal player is not going to leave in January. Or he is to stay here for the next three years.

    “I won’t say that no player is going to go to Newcastle. Or no member of the staff either. I won’t say it. If you say yes or no, I won’t say it.

    “I cannot guarantee that nobody is going to be leaving in January. For Newcastle or any other club. So it is a no.”

  • Ali Al-Hamadi stars as AFC Wimbledon thump Ramsgate to reach FA Cup third round Ali Al-Hamadi stars as AFC Wimbledon thump Ramsgate to reach FA Cup third round

    Ali Al-Hamadi scored twice as AFC Wimbledon beat Ramsgate 5-0 to set up an FA Cup third-round clash with Championship high-flyers Ipswich.

    The Rams started the evening as the lowest-ranked team left in the competition and were behind after just eight minutes when Al-Hamadi pounced on a loose pass before feeding Jake Reeves, who rifled a powerful strike into the top-left corner.

    The hosts doubled their advantage when Iraq international Al-Hamadi poked home at the far post following a melee in the box, and it was three when Josh Neufville stroked the ball into an empty net in the 43rd minute.

    The Isthmian League South East side kept fighting, with their best chance of the half falling to Lee Martin, but his close-range effort flew over the crossbar.

    Connor Lemonheigh-Evans found the bottom right corner with a driven shot to put the Dons 4-0 up three minutes after half-time.

    Al-Hamadi scored his second of the match five minutes later to wrap up a convincing win, intercepting another poor Rams pass before finding the top right corner.

© 2023 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.