ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC):
PUERTO Rico pounded Saint Martin nine goals to nothing on Sunday night to advance to the next round of the Caribbean Cup.
Hector Ramos scored four goals as Puerto Rico finished Group One with maximum points from two first-round games at the Sylvio Cator Stadium in Port-au-Prince.
The 22-year-old striker converted first in the 15th minute and added three more in the 44th, 47th and 82nd minutes to ensure Puerto Rico advance to the competition's next phase with a game to spare.
Joseph Marrero scored twice while Noah Delgado, Cristian Arrieta and Alex Oikkonen got their names on the scoresheet with the remaining goals. Ramos is group one top scorer with five goals.
In the other game, Haiti rebounded from a goal down to defeat Bermuda 3-1 and seal a second-round spot.
An early goal from Antwan Russell put Bermuda in the lead before Haiti stormed back with a dramatic display that lasted 11 minutes and resulted in three goals.
Haiti equalised in the 30th minute after a strike from Olrish Saurel ignited the barrage, while jean-Eudes put the host country ahead nine minutes later.
Jean-Philippe Peguero added a third four minutes before the break.
Last night, Haiti and Puerto Rico squared off for the group title, while Saint Martin and Bermuda completed their participation.
In the meantime, Montserrat snapped a 17-year winless drought, defeating the British Virgin Islands 7-0 to take third place in Group Three in Fort-de-France, Martinique.
Marlon Campbell scored twice in the first half, while Ellis Remy found the net on two occasions in the second half to ensure Montserrat's first victory in 23 games. The result finished Montserrat in third and the British Virgin Islands last in the four-team group. BVI have suffered three losses and have conceded 27 goals.
In the other Group Three encounter, Suriname fought back from two goals down to draw two-all with Martinique.
Kevin Parsemain fired Martinique into a ninth-minute lead with his tournament-leading 11th goal, and Djenha'l Mainge doubled the advantage 19 minutes later. But Suriname sliced the deficit in half with a goal from goalkeeper Ronny Clyde Aloema in the 25th minute. Donovan Loswijk equalised dramatically by converting a penalty kick two minutes into second-half injury time.
Both sides completed play with seven points, but the hosts took the top spot, thanks to a superior goal difference.
Both teams had previously earned places in the tournament's next phase with wins in their opening two group games.