Canada, Jamaica, impress with big opening wins

By September 10, 2018
Canada, Jamaica, impress with big opening wins

Concacaf Nations League Qualifying heavyweights Canada and Jamaica each posted impressive wins during a busy slate of action on CNL matchday four on Sunday. 

Canada could not have asked for a better start to its campaign with an 8-0 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands. Lucas Daniel Cavallini (8’, 44’), Jonathan David (32’, 37’) and Cyle Larin (60’, 80’) all bagged braces, while Jonathan Osorio (6’) and David Hoilett (50’) also added scores in the decisive win over the islanders.

As for Jamaica, the Reggae Boyz took care of business against Cayman Islands with a 4-0 win. Darren Mattocks got the hosts off to a dream start with a header in the 2’, before Cory Burke doubled the lead to 2-0 with an easy stroke into net in the 34’.

Mattocks was back at it with his head, this time nodding home in the 58’ to increase the lead to 3-0. Like before, Burke would follow a Mattocks goal with a score of his own with a strong finish into the net in the 66’ to round out the 4-0 scoreline.

The night contest between St Kitts and Nevis and Puerto Rico produced the most drama on the day.

For the first 90 minutes it was a showcase in spectacular goalkeeping, as both St Kitts and Nevis’ Julani Archibald and Puerto Rico’s Cody Laurendi made a number of top-notch saves to keep things scoreless.

But the insistence of home side St Kitts and Nevis won out in the end as Harrison Panayiotou fired in from close-range in the 90+1’ to give the Sugar Boyz the thrilling 1-0 victory.

Aruba also enjoyed a solid start to its CNL with a 3-1 home victory versus Bermuda. Ronald Gomez struck in just the 7’ and it was a quick 1-0 lead for the home side. Three minutes later the home fans were back on their feet celebrating a 2-0 advantage, as Raymond Baten converted a penalty following a foul on Annuar Kock in the Bermuda area.

But Bermuda showed plenty of fight and by the 21’ it was 2-1 after Jonte Smith scored from a loose ball in front of goal.

Aruba would restore its two-goal advantage though through Eric Santos in the 50’ to claim a 3-1 lead, which it held until the final whistle.

Earlier in the day, the ever-improving Dominican Republic used a strong second-half to down Bonaire 5-0 thanks in part to Domingo Peralta’s hat-trick.

All five goals for the Dominicans came in the final half-hour, starting with Peralta’s right-footed finish in the 66’. Peralta was back nine minutes later with another right-footed effort to make it 2-0.

Jean Carlos Lopez Moscoso all but sealed the three points in the 86’ for a 3-0 lead, which was then followed by Peralta’s third in the 88’. Carlos Heredia Fontana capped the Dominican celebration and 5-0 final with a goal in the 90+2’.

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