St Lucia buoyed by exciting, attacking football

By Sports Desk September 02, 2019
From left: Otew Lawrence, Pernal Williams, Melvin Doxilly and Jevick Mac Farlane celebrate after winning over Antigua and Barbuda in Match Day one of the Concacaf Nations League Qualifying on September 7, 2018, at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua. From left: Otew Lawrence, Pernal Williams, Melvin Doxilly and Jevick Mac Farlane celebrate after winning over Antigua and Barbuda in Match Day one of the Concacaf Nations League Qualifying on September 7, 2018, at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

When the first week of Concacaf Nations League Qualifying was completed, one of the most eye-catching results was Saint Lucia’s 3-0 triumph at Antigua and Barbuda. 

Using their speed and quickness, Saint Lucia broke out for three goals in the second half against the Benna Boyz to pocket the victory, setting the tone for a solid CNLQ campaign that ended with a 2W-1D-1L record. 

Leading the way for Saint Lucia was Jevick Mcfarlane, who scored in that win at Antigua and Barbuda before bagging a brace in the week four 3-2 victory over Aruba. 

Yet it was in defeat that best showed Saint Lucia’s emergence on the Concacaf scene, when they gave eventual 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup semifinalists Haiti everything that could handle in a narrow 2-1 defeat. 

But it is not just Macfarlane who strikes fear into the hearts of opposing defenses. Flying winger Pernel Williams will cause plenty of headaches, which is bad news for League B, Group B opponents El Salvador, Montserrat and the Dominican Republic. 

Saint Lucia’s Nations League journey begins with the toughest contest of them all: a trip to the always-difficult Estadio Cuscatlan in San Salvador to take on El Salvador. 

Yet after stunning Antigua and Barbuda in week one of the CNLQ, Saint Lucia will have the belief that they can pull off another eye-catching victory and rise that to a first-place finish in the group.

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