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Draw puts T&T in final, Cuba reach Gold Cup

Published:Monday | November 17, 2014 | 12:00 AM

MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica:

Trinidad and Tobago's Soca Warriors crawled into the final of the CFU Caribbean Cup after playing to a disappointing nil-all stalemate with title-holders Cuba here Saturday.

In a replay of the 2012 final in Antigua, neither side could find a way through and were forced to settle for a share of the points.

This left T&T as Group A winners with seven points, and they will now await the winners of Group B to know their opponents in tomorrow's final.

Cuba, meanwhile, finished second in Group A on five points and qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States next year.

The Spanish-speaking Carib-bean side had the better of the chances in the contest where scoring opportunities proved rare, and T&T were left thanking their goalkeeper, Jan-Michael Williams, for allowing them to scrape the point.

WILLIAMS ON FIRE

In the 16th minute, Williams denied Armando Curoneaux after the midfielder surged into the box and fired at the near post. Williams was at his best again, this time rejecting Alberto Gomez on the half-hour mark.

Meanwhile, Gilles Fabien scored twice as French Guiana crushed Curacao 4-1 in the supporting fixture at the Montego Bay Sports Complex.

Fabien scored in the 26th minute to put French Guiana 2-0 up, after Brian St Clair had opened the scoring in the 18th minute with a header off the post.

French Guiana then virtually put the game to bed in the 34th minute when Niki Adipi clinically beat goalkeeper Jarzinho Pieter.

Leading 3-0 at half-time, French Guiana added a fourth in the 64th minute as Fabien completed his brace before leaving the game.

With the game well over as a contest, Curacao rescued some pride when Rihairo Meulens netted with six minutes remaining.