Montego Bay, Jamaica - In the first day of the Men's Caribbean Cup Trinidad and Tobago grabbed victory in a 5 goal thriller with Curacao and French Guiana steals point from Cuba.
Match 1: Trinidad & Tobago 3 -2 Curacao
Man of the Match: Kevin Molino
After 3 intense stages of qualifying rounds in the Caribbean Region, The Men's Caribbean Cup finally kicks off in the beautiful island of Jamaica in Montego Bay.
Action started at 5:30 PM as the Montego Bay sports complex witnessed Trinidad overcoming Curacao in a hard fought win. Goal scoring began in the 18th minute as Curacao took a shock lead against the run of play as Rihairo Meulens latched on to a through pass deep in Trinidad's half and slipped the ball around Jan Williams to make it 1 - 0.
Celebrations would be short for Curacao as they gave up a penalty in the 26th minute as Kenwyne Jones was fouled in the Box. The Cardiff City man was very calm and slotted home his first of the night to make it 1-1.
Trinidad would add their second of the first half in the 38 minute as a mistake from the back allowed Jones to score his second goal of the match making it 2 - 1 at the end of the first half.
In the second half it was Curacao scoring once again in the 48th as Gianluca Maria made it 2 -2. But moments after it was Kevin Molino who scored in the 53rd to once again give the Soca Warriors a 3 -2 lead and also victory.
Match 2: Cuba 1 - 1 French Guiana
Man of the Match: Ariel Martinez
Defending champions Cuba opened their Caribbean Cup campaign against qualifying hopefuls French Guiana in the feature match at 8:00PM.
It was late drama as French Guiana stole a point by scoring deep into stoppage time as they held Cuba to a 1 - 1 draw.
After seeing Trinidad and Tobago Secured 3 points in the early kick off Cuba and French Guiana started their match in a conservative fashion.
Both team began the match with much caution as one mistake could prove pivotal even in the first match of the competition as both teams went into the first half scoreless.
Cuba would open the scoring in the second half of Ariel Martinez got to a long pass after out pacing his defender, as he then chipped the ball over French Guiana's Goalkeeper to make it 1 - 0 in the 57th minute.
It looked like 3 points for the defending champions after they dominated much of the match in the second half.
But it was deep into stoppage time that French Guiana equalized when Mickael Solvi broke Cuban hearts in the 93rd minute. Which ended the match 1 -1.
Tomorrow the action continues as Group B begins with Antigua & Barbuda facing Haiti at 5:30 PM. Then host Jamaica battle Martinique at 8PM.