St Lucia, Haiti extend Caribbean woes at CONCACAF Under-17 Championship
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras (CMC):
St Lucia and Haiti slumped to comprehensive losses as Caribbean teams again tasted defeat for the second straight day of the CONCACAF Under-17 Championship on Saturday.
Playing at the Estadio Olimpico Metropolitano, St Lucia crashed to a 4-0 loss at the hands of Costa Rica, while French Caribbean neighbours Haiti went down 3-1 to Canada.
In the other game of the day, giants Mexico felled Panama 3-1.
Defeats for St Lucia and Haiti came after both Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago suffered bad results on Friday's opening day of the tournament.
St Lucia were cut down by braces from Andy Reyes and Kevin Masis as Costa Rica produced a strong second-half effort to run out easy winners.
Reyes gave the Costa Ricans the lead at half-time after scoring at the near post in the 31st minute and Masis nodded in Roberto Cordoba's cross four minutes after the resumption to put the Central American side in command of the contest.
Reyes added his second in the 52nd minute after being set up by Ian Smith, and the blitz was topped off by Masis, who collected a pass from Reyes and fired home from 17 yards in the 68th minute.
Haiti, meanwhile, wilted after taking the lead against Canada, watching as their North American rivals hit back strongly.
The French side was in front on 32 minutes when Ronaldo Damus curled in a superb left-footer. Two minutes later, however, Canada were on level terms when Duwayne Ewart clinically put away Munir Saleh's through ball.
Then, in first-half stoppage, Canada took control of the encounter as Matthew Baldisimo headed in from close range for a 2-1 lead.
In the second-half, Kadin Chung ended the game as a contest in the 73rd minute with a telling right-footer.
Both St Lucia and Haiti play their second games tomorrow against Mexico and Panama, respectively.